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 second rating tool under development – Green Star for Communities.

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

Future Focus Technical Partner

Future Focus Silver Partners

Future Focus Supporting Partners

We are looking for partners

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.

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.


Green Star for Performance

Green Star for Performance builds on the success of Green Star in building operations. It aims to meet the megatrends of the future, create a more approachable framework for communicating achievements, as well as set a pathway for net zero building operations to be delivered over the next decade.

Green Star for Performance:

  • 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 existing building operations
  • Provides valuable information relevant for reporting your successes
  • Expands to cover fitout operations
  • Has a stronger focus on portfolio operations and management

Find out more by reading the consultation paper and appendix below. The consultation process has been extended until the 31st of December 2019.

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Green Star for Communities

Green Star for Communities aims to continue the success of Green Star in the precinct scale. It aims to provide a clearer definition of a sustainable precinct, as well as set a pathway for net zero precincts to be delivered over the next decade.

Green Star for Communities:

  • 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
  • Considers impacts at a precinct and building scale
  • Establishes a clear, well-defined entry point for best practice precincts
  • Caters to distinct sectors through the introduction of sector specific credits

Find out more by reading the consultation paper and appendix below. The consultation process has been extended until the 31st of December 2019.

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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.


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.


See here for information on our early access program.


Draft credits for Green Star for New Buildings

More information on Green Star for New Buildings can be found here

The consultation process

The Green Star for New Buildings conssultation paper was released in April 2019. The consultation paper described the proposed changes to the Green Star rating tool for New Buildings, expected to be released in September 2020. A small report on the feedback received can be found here

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

For more information on our Future Focus program or if you would like to work with us contact: 

Devan Valenti, Manager - Future Focus

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