Future Focus

In March 2018, the GBCA embarked on an ambitious journey to reshape the Green Star rating system and bring you the next evolution of the tools.

Green Star Future Focus will see the rating system evolve and adapt to ensure the sustainable built environment delivers what it needs to, whilst also responding to global megatrends and emerging challenges. Currently, four rating tools are under development to realise this vision.

The GBCA are currently seeking feedback on the first rating tool under development – Green Star for New Buildings.

Green Star for New Buildings

Green Star for New Buildings

Green Star for New Buildings aims to meet the demands of the next decade and beyond with aspirational benchmarks for the design and construction of buildings. It also provides a pathway for building owners to address carbon emissions over time.

Green Star for New Buildings:

  • Introduces a new set of categories and credits reflecting issues relevant to the market now and in the future
  • Prioritises the elimination of carbon emissions from the built environment
  • Establishes a clear, well-defined entry point for best practice Green Star ratings
  • Caters to distinct sectors through the introduction of sector specific credits
  • Sets new levels of achievement for project teams with the highest of ambitions.

Find out more by reading the consultation paper and appendix below. Please provide anyone feedback on the proposed changes on these documents

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Consultant Expressions of Interest 

Between July-November 2019, the GBCA will engage relevant consultants to assist in preparing Green Star for New Building’s draft credits. These will be released for industry consultation in December 2019. 

Consultant briefs will be issued in two batches: on the 14th June and 5th July. The table below clarifies the types of services the GBCA require, along with relevant dates.


First release of briefs  

Consultant type Applicable credits Briefs sent out Proposals requiredDeliverables required  
ResilienceAll credits in the proposed resilience category                        Friday 14th June 2019COB 28th June 20194th November 2019
Life Cycle Assessment Carbon in materials

Upfront carbon emissions  
Friday 14th June 2019COB 28th June 20194th November 2019
Placemaking Goods movement

Enjoyable places

Contribution to place

Community engagement

Culture and heritage 
Friday 14th June 2019COB 28th June 20194th November 2019

Second release of briefs  

Consultant type Applicable credits Briefs sent out Proposals required Deliverables required 
Energy  Energy and peak demand

Energy source and fossil fuels

Other carbon emissions  
T.B.CT.B.C25th November 2019 
Nature  All credits in the proposed Nature category   Friday 5th July 2019COB Friday 19th July 201925th November 2019 
Design Amenity and comfort


Design for diversity

Friday 5th July 2019COB Friday 19th July 201925th November 2019 

The Green Star for New Building’s consultation paper provides context on the categories and credits listed above.

Organisations or individuals wishing to receive the consultant brief must complete this form for GBCA consideration. To ensure competitive proposals are received, the GBCA will issue briefs only to those organisations or individuals that meet pre-qualification criteria.

Should you require further information, please email futurefocus@gbca.org.au


We thank the following organisations for their leadership and their support of our activities in this space.

National Strategic Partners

Future Focus Partners

Timeline of Activities

We are currently consulting on the proposed changes to Green Star through the first rating tool, Green Star for New Buildings. This process will run for two months, from April 10th to June 10th. Below is the development timelines for Green Star for New Buildings.

Future Focus timeline

Below are the timelines for development of the other rating tools.

Future Focus timeline rating tools

Future Focus Early Access Program

If you are a leader who wants to get a head start on Green Star for New Buildings, and wants to drive industry forward, our Early Access program is for you. We’re looking for buildings in the early design stage, regardless of sector. During the Early Access Program, you will obtain draft credits, dedicated technical support, promotion and case studies, and the opportunity to shape the future of the built environment.

Early Access Program

We are seeking like-minded organisations to partner with us for the next three years on this exciting evolution. In return, your organisation will be showcased as a leader both locally and internationally. Your organisation will receive exclusive briefings, putting you ahead of the competition, as well as unprecedented exposure over the next three years across GBCA communications, events, courses, webinars and podcasts.

Becoming a Future Focus Partner is your opportunity to associate your brand with Green Star, one of the world’s leading rating tool, long established as a driving force in the transformation of the built environment.

We need your support in this exciting journey.

Be involved and help us shape the future of Green Star

Keep an eye on our website for update on webinars, workshops, and opportunities to comment on draft proposals.

Read up on previous Future Focus papers

The following documents were released in 2018 to commence the Future Focus journey. These papers are now outdated and the GBCA are not receiving feedback on any.

Green Star Future Focus - Executive Summary

Green Star Future Focus - Executive Summary response survey

Green Star Future Focus - Discussion paper

Green Star Future Focus - Summary for Product Manufacturers

Join the future

We have a track record of success.

15 years ago we set out to transform the built environment through our rating system Green Star. Working together with industry, we’ve affected huge change in the built environment. Since 2003, more than 1,750 buildings have sought and achieved Green Star certification. This is what transformation looks like.

Green Star Future Focus offers an opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to the innovation and leadership that has helped drive our industry’s success to date. 

If you are interested in discussing the benefits of your organisation’s involvement in Green Star Future Focus in more detail, please contact Debbie Roussakis, Partnerships Coordinator.