Conduct NatHERS assessment of existing residential buildings

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver CPPHSA4013, 'Conduct NatHERS assessment of existing residential buildings'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the range of conditions.


Plan the NatHERS assessment.


Need for assessing thermal performance of existing residential building is clarified with client.


Effective communication strategies are used to assist in establishing rapport with the client and in responding to client questions and concerns.


Potential risks are identified and suitably managed.


Documentation required for the assessment is obtained.


Authority to proceed is obtained from client before commencing, and reconfirmed as appropriate during the assessment.


Gather information on existing residential building.


Building drawings and other supporting documentation for use in assessment, including details of proposed building additions and alterations, are identified and accessed from relevant sources in line with organisational procedures and regulatory requirements.


Site inspections are planned.


Potential hazards associated with conducting a site inspection of an existing building are identified to ensure risks are suitably managed.


Information required from client is obtained before conducting site inspection.


Details of site inspection are agreed with client before conducting inspection.


Site inspection is safely conducted and information required for assessment is gathered.


Limitations of data collected are identified in line with organisational procedures.


Enter information into thermal performance assessment tool.


Computer equipment and software required for the assessment are identified and checked for serviceability.


Building information is extracted from building plans and specifications, outcomes of site inspection, other supporting documentation and discussions with client.


Building information is correctly entered into thermal performance assessment tool.


Methods for entering information relating to non-standard building materials and designs are used correctly.


Methods for entering information required for assessing and rating alterations and extensions are implemented correctly.


Apply thermal performance assessment tool.


Relevant functions of thermal performance assessment tool are used to generate outputs in relation to thermal performance of the building, including proposed additions and alterations if required.


Thermal performance assessment tool outputs are identified and analysed.


Errors in data entry and assessment are identified and corrected.


Limitations of software are identified and considered during assessment.


Identify options for improving thermal performance.


Sources of technical advice on building thermal performance are identified.


Assumptions and limitations inherent in thermal performance assessment tool are considered when interpreting outputs.


Thermal performance tool outputs are interpreted to identify strengths and weaknesses in thermal performance of building.


Options for improving thermal and environmental performance and for meeting regulatory requirementsare identified based on criteria.


Interactions of thermal performance improvements on other aspects of building performance are identified and advice is provided to client.


Impact of options is evaluated by reassessing the building using the thermal performance assessment tool.


Report outcomes of thermal performance assessment.


Results and recommendations, along with supporting evidence, are collated and documented.


Results and recommendations of thermal performance assessment are explained to the client.


Reports and other documentation associated with thermal performance assessment are lodged with regulatory authorities if required, and securely stored to be readily retrieved.