Green Star for New Buildings

Announced in March 2019, Green Star for New Buildings reimagines the existing rating tool for new buildings and major refurbishments. It aims to deliver a better, more accessible and relevant experience that meets today’s challenges.

On this page we provide links to a summary of the changes we are introducing, our changes to the certification process, and for the first time for consultation the detail of each of the credits we are proposing under Green Star for New Buildings.

It’s been six months since we finished our initial consultation process. Our feedback report released in November confirmed that we are on the right track. Now it’s time to reveal the detail underpinning our upcoming rating tool.  

We are seeking your feedback on the proposed credits and on the changes to the certification process. The feedback process ends on Friday 13 March. 

Before you read more about the detail of the proposed credits, we recommend you do the following: 

To help you navigate the new rating tool, we’ve prepared these fact sheets for:

We say it often, Green Star is built by industry and for industry. We are heartened by your support as we embark on a project to transform the built environment once again.

Elham Monavari, Senior Manager – Strategic Projects. Green Building Council Australia

Providing feedback to the GBCA 

GBCA will only receive feedback via the submission form for each credit, or via a formal briefing session organised by the GBCA.  

Each credit has a feedback form attached to it. Please use this form to submit feedback to us.  

You can download every credit at once as part of one file. This is recommended if you will be submitting feedback for credits across many categories. This allows you to only fill in your details once.  

Alternatively you can download individual categories and submit feedback in that manner.  

You do not have to submit feedback to every credit. 

The feedback process ends Friday 13 March, 2020. 

The proposed rating tool in a nutshell

There are 8 Categories in Green Star for New Buildings. Each category aims to expand the scope of the current rating tool and deliver a more sustainable built environment. There are a number of credits within the rating tool that all buildings seeking a Green Star rating are expected to comply with. These are known as Minimum Expectations. These credits are highlighted with a diamond below. The Positive Category also includes additional requirements for 5 and 6 star rated buildings.

From ensuring we are on a path to 1.5°C to expanding the definition of a sustainable built environment. We have ambitious goals, and thanks to all of your support and help, we will achieve them.

Devan Valenti, Manager, Future Focus. Green Building Council Australia

The Categories and Credits in Green Star for New Buildings 

Credits in this category recognise activities that ensure the building is designed, procured, built and handed over in a responsible manner.  

Download the Responsible Category credits

Promotes actions and solutions that improve the physical and mental health of occupants.  

Download the Healthy Category credits

Encourages solutions that address climate change impacts, potential infrastructure losses, as well as those that enhance community resilience. 

Download the Resilient Category credits

Drives the building to address energy use, carbon emissions, water consumption and the impact of materials and resources 

Download the Positive Category credits

Supports the creation of safe, enjoyable, and comfortable places that are integrated into the broader urban fabric and enable communities to connect and thrive. 

Download the Places Category credits

Encourages solutions that address the social health of the community, promote inclusion, and enhance our social fabric.  

Download the People Category credits

Encourages the creation of green buildings, new natural corridors in cities, and the restoration of our natural environment. 

Download the Nature Category credits

Recognises projects that set a strategic direction, build a vision for industry or enhance the industry’s capacity to innovate. 

Download the Leadership Category credits

Responsible Products Value Matrix

This document provides an insight into our thinking, and explains how we propose tackling the Responsible Products credits in Green Star for New Buildings. It also presents how we propose scoring the various initiatives.

Green Star Responsible Products Consultation Paper

Join us for a series of webinars running weekly from 30 Jan - 27 Feb 2020 detailing the consultation process, the new rating tool framework, and a deep dive on each of the categories out for consultation. 

See below for Green Star for New Buildings credit series webinar schedule:

Future Focus Technical Partner

Future Focus Silver Partners

Future Focus Supporting Partners