Green Star Buildings is Australia’s leading rating tool for new buildings and major refurbishments.
Green Star Buildings sets out the criteria that must be met to deliver healthy, resilient, and positive places for people and nature. It aims to meet current and future demands on the built environment with aspirational benchmarks for addressing the key issues of the next decade: Climate action, resource efficiency, and health and wellbeing.
Current rating tool: Green Star Buildings v1
The rating tool has five key features:
There is much more to learn about Green Star Buildings, including
We encourage you to come to our courses or read through the Submission Guidelines.
There are eight categories representing the issues that will define the next decade of the built environment.
Recognises activities that ensure the building is designed, procured, built and handed over in a responsible manner.
Promotes actions and solutions that improve the physical and mental health of occupants.
Encourages solutions that address the capacity of the building to bounce back from short-term shocks and long-term stresses.
Encourages a positive contribution to key environmental issues of carbon, water and the impact of materials.
Supports the creation of safe, enjoyable, integrated and comfortable places.
Encourages solutions that address the social health of the community.
Encourages active connections between people and nature and rewards creating biodiverse green spaces in cities.
Recognises projects that set a strategic direction, build a vision for industry or enhance the industry’s capacity to innovate.
Green Star Buildings aims to drive all buildings to be net zero carbon in operations by considering both operational and embodied carbon emissions. Its goal is to ensure Australia can deliver all new buildings to be net zero carbon in operations from 2030 onwards.
Green Star Buildings has been built to consider the impacts against the key megatrends of the next decade, and to ensure it responds to the strategic goals of governments, tenants, investors, developers and building owners.
There are 10 Minimum Expectations that must be achieved by all projects to achieve a Green Star rating. The Minimum Expectations aim to ensure all Green Star rated buildings meet a basic definition of a green building (energy efficient, water efficient, good healthy spaces, built responsibly, and on sites that are not critical natural areas).
These expectations will assist anyone in understanding what a Green Star rated building looks like no matter what.
In addition, 6 Star rated buildings must be designed to be fossil fuel free, highly efficient buildings, powered by renewables, and built with low carbon materials, as per the Net Zero Carbon in Operations path. This expectation also applies to other star ratings over time.
Green Star Buildings aims to create market demand for innovative, responsible, and low carbon products. It does this by:
The Green Star rating scale has been revamped to better communicate our intent of rewarding improvements beyond the requirements of our construction code in areas like health and wellbeing.
The building is compliant with legislation.
A 4 Star rated building is a Best Practice environmental performer. It builds on the minimum expectations to deliver a building that is either net zero carbon in operations or a higher performer in energy, water, and health related issues.
A 5 Star rated building demonstrates Australian Excellence by being a high environmental performer that addresses social issues relevant to the building owner.
A 6 Star rated building showcases
World Leadership. It has been built to be highly efficient building fully powered by renewables that addresses a significant number of environmental and social issues and contributes to the community.
Green Star Buildings awards a Certified rating once the building has been built. An optional Designed assessment helps you promote your progress towards a rating to your tenants, future occupants, or other stakeholders.
is an optional assessment representing a pre-certification that the building’s design is on track to achieve a Green Star rating when assessed after construction.
is an independent verification that results in a certified rating that demonstrates that the building’s design and construction has achieved a specific Green Star rating.
WorldGBC’s Health and Wellbeing sets out the issues that matter to creating the buildings that we want to live, work, and play in. Green Star Buildings extends beyond the environment to focus on health, resilience, people and places – it delivers a new definition of a sustainable building which closely aligns with the World GBC’s Health and Wellbeing Framework.
Click here to read about how Green Star Buildings aligns with WorldGBC’s Health and Wellbeing framework.