Construction and demolition waste

Reporting Criteria for Construction & Demolition Waste Credit

Under review

Almost three years after the release of the Reporting Criteria, the GBCA is seeking industry feedback to inform an update to it. The original Reference Group established in 2012 provided a rigorous consultation process to develop the Reporting Criteria (further information is below). The 2016 review process is to understand the implementation and success of the Reporting Criteria and how this can be strengthened.

Aims of the review process and update to the Reporting Criteria include: 

  • Clarification of the requirements within the Reporting Criteria and how compliance is to be demonstrated.
  • Understanding where flexible pathways can be introduced.
  • Practicality of implementation in the market and what can be done to support this.


Consultation now open (closes 5pm Friday, 8th July)

The GBCA welcomes your feedback during this review process and encourages you to join the consultation list. To be placed on the consultation list, please send your email address to [email protected], with subject line “Reporting Criteria Consultation”. Updates on the review process will be provided on the GBCA website.

Following this consultation period it is expected that an update to the Reporting Criteria will be made publically available (est. August 2016, however, depends on feedback received). Once an update has been made, the 2013 version of the Reporting Criteria will be retired.

All Green Star rating tools include a Construction and Demolition Waste credit which aims to encourage and reward management practices that minimise the amount of construction and demolition waste from base building and/or interior fitout works that is disposed to landfill. The credit requires the use of waste contractors and waste processing facilities that have been independently verified for compliance with minimum standards of reporting. The introduction of such compliance standards and checks aims to ensure contractors and facilities are operating with environmentally responsible due diligence on behalf of Green Star projects.

In 2013 the GBCA introduced the Construction and Demolition Waste Reporting Criteria  for projects seeking Green Star certification, as a result of the 2012-2013 consultation process.


Current Guidance (December 2015)

The following guidance applies to Green Star - Design & As Built and Green Star - Interiors registered projects. 

Where waste contractors or waste processing facilities do not hold a ‘Compliance Verification Summary’, they shall, at a minimum, disclose to the project team how much of the Reporting Criteria has been implemented. The 'Disclosure Statement' will take place of the ‘Compliance Verification Summary’ in the project team's submission.

The Disclosure Statements are provided below for the project team's issue to their respective entities: 

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Construction and Demolition Waste Reference Group participants

In April 2012, the GBCA invited waste contractors, resource recovery facility operators, waste policy and regulatory specialists, waste auditors, and Green Star Accredited Professionals (GSAPs) experienced in applying the ‘Waste Management’ credit, to participate in the Green Star Construction and Waste Reference Group (CDWRG). The CDWRG was responsible for providing expert advice and contributing to the development of a Construction and Demolition Waste Management in Green Star Discussion Paper, which will seek wider industry feedback on the development of the new Green Star ‘Construction and Demolition Waste’ credit. The CDWRG provided feedback on the draft discussion paper ahead of its public release in 2013. The CDWRG included representatives from 46 organisations, including 24 GBCA member companies. Effort was taken by the GBCA to involve participants from all Australian states and territories. A list of the CDWRG representatives is available here.

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