Green Star Homes for buyers

Green Star Homes: The new standard in homes

Did you know that on average 90% of our time is spent indoors? And 2/3 of that time spent is in the home?  

It’s no wonder the home is considered the most important purchase you will ever make, and certainly the most expensive. Yet somehow it isn’t subject to the same rigorous testing as your laundry powder. That’s why it’s so critical to choose a healthy home that’s right for your family. And why spending a little extra for a Green Star Home is worth every cent.

Currently, more and more Australian companies are recognising the role they play in reducing Australia’s carbon footprint. As the residential sector accounts for 57% of Australia’s building emissions, we need to focus on our homes.  

That’s why we are proud to invite the Green Star standard into our homes, so we can meet the housing needs of the present without compromising the future. As Green Star has helped define what we expect from commercial buildings such as offices and shopping centres, Green Star Homes is the new standard in homes that will transform the housing market, ensuring new homes are built to focus on health, resilience and energy efficiency.  

The Green Star Homes standard will be used to assess Australian homes against three key criteria which we think are important for homes of our future:  

What do you get with a Green Star Home? 

Living in a healthier, more energy efficient and resilient home is better for people, for families, and for the planet. And the great thing is, by choosing a Green Star Home, you’re not only making a choice to go easy on the planet, but you’re also choosing lower bills and a healthier, more comfortable life for your family, every day. The good news is just because you’re going green, it doesn’t mean you have to give up those creature comforts your family loves. In fact, it’s just the opposite. 

Easier on the environment

  • Energy efficient appliances - Water efficient shower heads, taps and toilets use less water and save money  
  • Induction cooktops - faster, safer, cleaner, and more efficient than either gas or electric  
  • Energy efficient hot water systems with heat pumps - these are 80% more efficient, so your family has hot water at their fingertips, without it costing the earth  
  • Rainwater tanks - capture the rain for your garden to keep it green year-round 

Easier on the mind and body

  • More insulation - your home stays cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter 
  • Better windows - double-glazed windows with higher quality frames to stop the thermal heat transfer, making sure your home stays cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, saving you money and keeping the family more comfortable  
  • Natural light - bringing the outside in makes for a healthier home, with natural light helping our bodies to regulate hormone levels  
  • Acoustic design - helps prevent outside noise from creeping in  
  • No Volatile Organic Compounds - less harmful, smelly chemicals means less headaches or chemical taste in your mouth  
  • No gas - less health risk for children with asthma and allergies and less headaches for you  
  • Reduction of mould - less asthma as a Green Star home has less than 50% air moisture, so mould can’t form  
  • Double ventilation system - installed with a Heat Recovery System, the air inside a Green Star Home is passed through 2 filtration systems ensuring the highest air quality, free from allergens and pollutants  
  • Temperature controlled - a zoned AC system regulates the temperature in your entire home, ensuring everyone stays comfortable  
  • High quality design - a Green Star Home has not only been built to a higher standard of craftsmanship, but it’s also been designed to help mitigate the risk of fires, extremes in temperatures, floods and high winds  

Easier on your wallet

  • Solar - reduce your reliance on energy companies, save on bills, and increase the value of your property  
  • LED lights - cooler to the touch, more resistant to breakage, and they’ll last you 5-10 times longer  
  • Light coloured roof - better equipped to handle the Aussie summer as it reduces the amount of heat being absorbed into your home, reducing the need for AC and saving you 4-8% on your energy bills  
  • Cheaper running costs - achieve long-term savings as insulation reduces average home heating and cooling costs by roughly 30%  
  • Retains value - Green homes have a higher average resale value and are on the market for fewer days than a non-green home  

So, make a healthy choice for your family. Ask for Green Star. The new standard in homes.

Recent news and research regarding the health of our homes

A child living with gas cooking in the home faces a comparable risk of asthma to a child living with household cigarette smoke.

The Climate Council, Kicking the gas habit: how gas is harming our health

How you can find a Green Star Home 

The Green Star Homes Standard was released on 31 August 2021. 

We are excited to have Stockland, Mirvac, Metricon, Rawson Homes, Ingenia, Chatham Homes, Landcom and Development Victoria confirmed as partners in the Green Star Homes standard and committed to building a range of Green Star Homes. Over the coming months more information will be available regarding their Green Star Home offerings including how and where you can view the homes. We’ll be updating this page with links to their homes as information becomes available.

Make a healthy choice for your family and the environment. Ask your homebuilder about Green Star Homes. The new standard in homes.

Looking for technical information? 

Head over to our page for Green Star builders to find out about certification and submission. 

Go to Green Star Homes for builders