Developed with input from leading industry experts, this 100% online self-paced course teaches you the essentials through a series of video tutorials and practical exercises. Find out how to zone and model the building, calculate heating and cooling loads, and much more.
Why join the course?
Master the ins-and-outs of the FirstRate5 tool to improve the thermal performance of designs. Whether you need to use the software to rate an existing design for NatHERS Assessments, or BASIX assessments in NSW, or to optimise the thermal performance of your building designs, this course will uncover all the must-know techniques for FirstRate5.
Armed with the right skills, you’ll be confident working autonomously with FirstRate5.
Who is the course for?
This online course is ideal for anyone studying to become an Accredited NatHERS Assessor – especially if you want to learn how to use FirstRate5 software for NatHERS Assessments but don’t have time to spend days in a classroom .
100% online + 24/7 access
Study when you want, where you want, to get the most from your learning. This 100% online course is delivered in over 60 videos (20 hours total). With 24/7 unlimited access, you can stop, pause and re-watch the videos as many times as you need. This short course is non-accredited and there is no assessment. You will receive a certificate of completion demonstrating your skills and knowledge in using FirstRate5.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you will be able to demonstrate the skills and knowledge to:
Download and install FirstRate5 software (5.2.3)
Zone the building
Model walls, windows, ceiling penetrations and floor types, including insulation and various glazing types
Build unique wall constructions using the FirstRate5 wall builder
Model external shading, screens, eaves and adjacent buildings
Calculate heating and cooling loads
Calculate building star ratings for single storey homes, double storey homes and multi-storey apartments
1.1 - Welcome to Using FirstRate5 for NatHERS Assessments Video Series
2.1 - Getting Started
2.2 - Registering FirstRate5
2.3 - Download FirstRate5
2.4 - Installing FirstRate5
>>Resource<< FirstRate5 User Guide
3.1 - Taking information from the plans and drawings
3.2 - BDAV Checklist
3.3 - Understanding NatHERS Technical Note 1.2
3.4 - Opening FirstRate5
3.5 - Entering Details
3.6 - Settings for Building Classes
3.7 - Settings for Terrain Categories
3.8 - Import the plan
3.9 Adding plans for multi-story buildings
3.10 - Set the scale and north point
>>Activity 1 - Entering Data<<
4.1 - Drawing Zones
4.1.1 Drawing Zones Part 1: How to draw in a zone
4.1.2 Drawing Zones Part 2: Zoning examples
>>Activity 2 - Draw in your first Zone<<
4.2 - Set Zone Properties
4.2.1 - Setting zone properties
4.2.2 - Subfloor settings
4.2.3 - Floor settings
4.2.4 - Ceiling settings
4.2.5 - Dealing with sloping ceilings
4.2.6 - Zoning settings
4.3 - Set Wall Properties
4.3.1 - Setting wall properties
4.3.2 - Standard wall settings
4.4 - Enter openings in walls (doors and windows)
4.5 - Setting the properties for doors and windows
4.5.1 - Entering window and door details
4.5.2 - Window opening settings
4.6 - Draw in any skylights or roof windows
4.7 - Ceiling penetrations
4.7.1 - Ceiling penetrations
4.7.2 - Understanding Technical Note 2
4.7.3 - Air leakage settings
4.8 - Ceiling fans
4.9 - Adding staircases and voids
>>Activity 3 - Zoning<<
5.1 - Draw in external screens
5.2 - Adding an eave to a wall
5.3 - Add wing walls
>>Activity 4 - Add external shading<<
6.1 - Checking data entered
6.2 - BDAV Checklist
>>Activity 5 - Locate and correct errors<<
FirstRate5 Sample File
>>Activity 6 - QA Check of Data <<
7.1 - Calculate the rating
7.2 - Analysing the dwelling
Armed with the right skills, you’ll be confident working autonomously with FirstRate5
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Michael is a multiple-award winning entrepreneur, international speaker and author. With qualifications in resource and environmental management, business and project management, Michael was instrumental in developing industry leading resources for thermal performance assessors for the Department of Climate Change. His career started by developing Australia's first biomass map and then with a move into project management, Michael worked extensively around the world developing standards to improve the practice of project managers.Michael has won Australian Business Awards in project management, innovation and sustainability. Michael’s work has been featured in BRW, the Australian Financial Review and Smart Company.Michael has edited two books and authored over 50 book chapters, academic and industry articles as well as dozens of blog posts on project, program and portfolio. He also regularly teaches at Universities in Australia and is a sought after speaker delivering keynote addresses both nationally and international. He was recently invited to the United Nations Headquarters to speak with business leaders around the world on improving sustainability in project managementHe is currently working with an international consortium to fund and deliver development projects in Costa Rica, Malaysia, Croatia and the Solomon Islands.
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