To participate in WERS, window makers must obtain energy ratings for their products from a rating organisation that is accredited by the WERS Management Committee.
The Window Energy Rating Scheme is jointly owned and managed by a committee comprising six members made up of the Associations' Executive Directors, current Presidents and a nominated third seat in each representing technical aspects. Invitations to attend are extended to New Zealand counterparts and other participating industry members.
WERS is independent of any one manufacturer and acts as a fair, rigorous and credible system for testing performance claims. WERS-rated windows must meet all relevant Australian standards. The scheme forms part of the quality assurance that smart manufacturers offer their customers. It is all about certified performance.
To realise their full potential, WERS ratings are designed to 'plug in' to NatHERS, Australia's Nationwide House Energy Rating Software. Similarly, the FirstRate house energy rating software from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Victoria will accept data for 'real' windows. This enables designers to 'kick the tyres' of different windows during a rating before final selection is made.
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