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Welcome to the December 2016 NatHERS Star. The NatHERS Administrator has been hard at work since the last newsletter and we have a bumper issue to close out 2016.

Updated NatHERS Strategic Plan

There is now an update to the NatHERS Strategic Plan 2015-2018 available on the NatHERS website

NatHERS Governance Review Update

In 2016 the NatHERS Administrator engaged ACIL Allen Consulting to undertake an independent governance and operational review of NatHERS.

Invitation to Comment on the Software Accreditation Protocol Discussion Paper

A discussion paper has been developed to review opportunities to improve clarity and processes in the NatHERS Software Accreditation Protocol.

BERS Pro Accreditation Update

Having met all the outstanding requirements of software accreditation, BERS Pro is on track for full accreditation before the end of March 2017.

Quarterly stakeholder meetings

A recent initiative of the NatHERS Administrator has been to conduct quarterly stakeholder meetings with Assessor Accrediting Organisations (AAOs) and Software Providers.

NatHERS Technical Advisory Committee Update

To keep everyone better informed about the discussions of the NatHERS Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) we will be providing updates in this, and future, editions of the NatHERS Star.

NatHERS Trademarks

Over the past few years the NatHERS Administrator has undertaken a trademarking process to protect the NatHERS logo, name and acronym from misuse. 

Get to know: Chenath

Did you know the Chenath Engine has been around in different forms since the 1950s?

On the Horizon

2016 has been a busy year for the NatHERS Administrator and 2017 looks set to follow suit.

BDAV Design Contest

The Building Designers Association of Victoria (BDAV) has revamped its 10-Star Sustainable Design Challenge.

New energy-saving guide for Northern Australia

Recently the team behind the Your Energy Savings website released the Energy-saving guide for Northern Australia

CRC LCL – Next Generation Rating Tools

The CRC for Low Carbon Living, in association with project partners CSIRO, Energy Inspection, and the University of South Australia, launched the RP1024 NextGen Rating Tools project in Adelaide on 29 September 2016. 

BDAV Design Contest

The Building Designers Association of Victoria (BDAV) has revamped its 10-Star Sustainable Design Challenge. The BDAV 10-Star Sustainable Design Challenge is a fantastic opportunity to allow entrants to demonstrate their design skills and industry knowledge to a wider audience. The challenge is to prepare a residential design across any climate zone in Australia in either single and/or multi-residential category(s) and achieve a NatHERS 10 Star energy rating. Entry is open to BDAV assessors only, and any of the currently accredited NatHERS software (AccuRate, BERS Pro, FirstRate5) may be used to confirm performance.
The winners in both categories will be announced at the BDAV's CPD seminar in February 2017, to be held in conjunction with the Sustainable Living Festival (details to be confirmed closer to that date).
For more information visit the BDAV website.