Energy Inspection has been established for the specific purpose of supporting and strengthening the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS).
AccuRate sustainability software
Effective 1st July 2015 Energy Inspection acquired the CSIRO licence to act as the exclusive Reseller of the AccuRate software.
BERS Pro software
On the 29th April, 2015 Energy Inspection Pty Ltd acquired the BERS software and related intellectual property from Solar Logic (conditional upon accreditation with version 3.13 of the Chenath engine and successful transition to the Universal Certificate model).
On the 28th September 2015 the acquisition of the BERS software and related intellectual property from Solar Logic became unconditional.
On the 26th April 2016 BERS Pro v188.8.131.52 (3.13) was released for sale. This release includes the shift to a pay per universal certificate model.
On the 1st February 2017 BERS Pro v184.108.40.206 (3.13) was released marking the end of the full and formal accreditation of BERS Pro 4.3.0.X by the NatHERS administrator.
On the 15th November 2019 BERS Pro v220.127.116.11 (3.21) was released.
On the 13th May 2020 BERS Pro v18.104.22.168 (3.21) was released. BERS Pro v4.3.0.X (3.13) can continue to be used until the 31st July 2020.
Research and Development
A key objective of Energy Inspection is to provide assessors/users with improved versions of NatHERS-based software over time, including developing NatHERS software with the following capability:
- forecast the energy bill and carbon footprint associated with new building designs, and
- measure the energy uses and sources, and carbon footprint, of existing dwellings.
In partnership with CSIRO, Energy Inspection plans to extend the NatHERS software beyond new building design to enable “fast-measure-up” and rating of existing dwellings. This new, extended, 3rd generation version of the NatHERS software will be developed in stages over the next two years through a $3 million joint investment with CSIRO. The new version of the NatHERS software will account for all fixed appliances (including solar PV/battery storage), be fully web-enabled and compatible with CAD programs.
Energy Inspection Pty Ltd’s major shareholders are Energy Renovations Pty Ltd, the holding company for the Energy Makeovers group of companies (EMG), and doubleIQ Investments Pty Ltd, the investment vehicle for doubleIQ Pty Ltd.
EMG is dedicated to improving the energy efficiency and reducing the carbon footprint of the built sector, through provision of scientifically-based assessments, installation of decentralized energy measures and the application of cost-reflective energy tariffs. EMG has been an accredited person in the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) scheme since 2009, and more recently the NSW Energy Saver Scheme (ESS), and has installed energy efficiency activities in over 250,000 Victorian households and provided customer and audit services, through its dedicated customer service and compliance operations in Melbourne. EMG also holds a restricted energy retail licence in Victoria, specifically to provide energy contracts and services to customers engaged in a solar PV/battery storage pilot project, in partnership with the distributor United Energy.
doubleIQ is a leading IT technology company with a proven track record in developing building assessment tools. doubleIQ provide on-going technical and user support for a number of large corporate clients.