Innovation Challenges are designed to encourage and direct investment in solutions that address a wide range of social, economic and environmental sustainability issues. Some Innovation Challenges will take the form of new credits, while others will simply identify sustainability issues that additional research and innovation will help to address.
Based on the rapid uptake of Innovation Challenges to-date and feedback received from project teams, a review of the Innovation Challenges process has recently taken place. In October 2015, the 'Innovation Challenges Handbook' was released to improve the experience of celebrating a project's innovation with Green Star.
This Handbook is the one-stop-shop for understanding all you need to 'take the Challenge'.
The following table provides an overview of the eligibility of rating tools across all Innovation Challenges. Please note, these Innovation Challenges are the same as those contained in the Innovation Challenges Handbook.
Some Innovation Challenges have additional resources associated with them. These resources are also included in the table below.
|Current Innovation Challenges||Green Star - Communities||Green Star - Design & As Built||Green Star - Interiors||Green Star - Performance||Additional Resources|
|Powered by Renewables||Yes||Yes||Yes||Background Paper|
|Responsible Carbon Impact||Yes||Yes||Background Paper|
|Carbon Positive – new buildings||Yes||Background Paper|
|Carbon Positive – new fitouts||Background Paper|
|Carbon Positive – existing buildings||Yes||Background Paper|
|Building Air Tightness||Yes||Yes|
|Contribution to Industry Benchmarking||Yes||Excel Template|
|Culture, Heritage and Identity||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Energy Metering Integrity||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Financial Transparency||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Excel Template|
|High Performance Site Offices||Yes||Yes||Checklist|
|Integrating Healthy Environments||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Reconciliation Action Plan||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Social Enterprise for Affordable Housing||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Information Sheet|
|Social Return on Investment||Yes||Yes||Yes|
The 'Innovation Challenges Submission Template' must be completed in order to make an Innovation Challenge claim. Please see the 'How to document your Innovation Challenge claim' section in the Innovation Challenges Handbook for additional details.
If you're curious to understand how Innovation Challenges are being used by project teams since their release, take a look at the Innovation Challenges summary report.
Some Innovation Challenges have been developed into credits in the New Generation Green Star rating tools. In order for Legacy projects to claim these initiatives, the relevant credit from the New Generation rating tool will need to be targeted. Please see the 'Retired Innovation Challenges' section in the Innovation Challenges Handbook for full details.