Green Star certification is a formal process during which a building, fitout, or precinct is awarded a rating by an independent, third party assessment panel of sustainable development experts through a documentation-based assessment. A Green Star certified rating provides independent verification that a building or community project is sustainable.
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Get familiar with the documentation needed to demonstrate that your building, fitout or community meets Green Star's sustainability benchmarks with our submission guidelines.
Submit your documentation to the GBCA for Green Star assessment.
Green Star submissions are reviewed by an independent panel of sustainable development experts and an overall score is assigned.
A Green Star certified rating is awarded as a third-party verification of a project's sustainability.
Complete the online registration form. At the end you’ll be asked to accept the terms of the Certification Agreement. Once accepted, you will be sent an invoice which, once paid, will complete the registration process.
Start completing the online registration form. Once you get to the section “Step 5: Agreement”, you'll need to show us you have authority from the Applicant. To do this, click on “Request authority” which will trigger an email to the Applicant contact directing the contact to log in to our website and click the link to provide us with the authority needed. Once this has been done, you will be notified via email, and will then be able to complete the registration by clicking to accept the terms of the Certification Agreement. Once accepted, you will be sent an invoice which, once paid, will complete the registration process.
Any new or existing building, new fitout, or master planned precinct can achieve a Green Star rating using our internationally-recognised certification system. Eligibility for Green Star certification is based on the Green Star rating tool, as outlined below:
For communities, precincts, and neighbourhoods (Green Star – Communities)
For new buildings or major refurbishments (Green Star – Design & As Built)
For new fitouts (Green Star – Interiors)
For building operations (Green Star – Performance)
A certification fee applies to projects pursuing a Green Star certified rating, and covers the standard Green Star certification process. The fees are based on the rating tool, as outlined below:
The GBCA offers a number of services designed to help you reduce project risk, achieve clarity, and ensure a successful submission. If you have any questions about these services, contact us.
How to submit a query
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around your project’s eligibility for certification.
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The Green Star Submission Checklist outlines the structure of the documentation you submit for assessment.
Want to be certified before end of year? financial year? or some other deadline? We understand that many project teams have timelines set around major events, and to support this we’ve created guidelines, which specify the deadlines you’ll need to meet in order to have your project certified in time for key milestones. Check these out!
Once you have the documentation compiled, please send this to the GBCA for assessment, via your Green Star Project Manager.
Our third party certified assessor(s) will then review the documentation for compliance with the Submission Guidelines.
Within the standard certification process, there are two rounds of assessment. At the first round of assessment, points can be awarded and the project can be certified, or points may not be awarded and the project is provided with comments and the opportunity to address these items at the second round of assessment. During the Round 2 assessment, additional documentation addressing the Round 1 comments is assessed.
When the results of the assessment have been validated and awarded the Green Star rating, the GBCA will award a Green Star certified rating.
When a certified rating is awarded, the project will receive a certificate and is granted the use of the Green Star certification trademark. While the Green Star rating tools are freely available, a design, project or building cannot use the Green Star rating logo unless the GBCA has validated the project's achievement through formal assessment and certification.
Whilst your project is registered, you can however promote what star rating and tool you are targeting in writing only.
If a project is not registered with GBCA for a Green Star rating it cannot make any statements referring to Green Star.
To understand the do’s and don’ts of using your Green Star certification trade mark logo, see Marketing your Green Star Project for the Marketing and Style Guide.
The Green Building Council of Australia operates a quality management system which complies with the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 for the development, upkeep and delivery of Green Star Certification.
Use our online portal to ask queries, submit for assessment, and track the progress of your project. Still need help? We are always available to discuss your project.Log on to Green Star Project Manager
Green Building Council of Australia
+61 2 8239 6200