Responsible Products Framework

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All Green Star rating tools released from 2020 include credits that seek to reward the use of products that meet the criteria set out in our Responsible Products Framework (Framework). Rating tools released prior to 2020 will continue to use the original process

The vision of the Framework is to drive the supply chain to deliver transparent, healthy, low-impact and net zero carbon products that are part of a circular economy. The Framework outlines criteria for scoring how ‘responsible’ a product is, to support the built environment industry in adapting to and driving this change.

The Framework is currently used to recognise initiatives that a product or manufacturer can comply with for the purposes of contributing to a Green Star certification. 

This page provides the following guidance:

Recognised Initiatives

In addition to reused products and building components, the below initiatives have been recognised under the Responsible Products Framework.

  • Climate Active Carbon Neutral Standard for Products & Services
  • Environmental Product Declarations (Industry-wide)
  • Environmental Product Declarations (Product-specific)
  • FSC Forest Stewardship Standard of Australia (FSC-STD-AUS-01-2019 EN)
  • Global GreenTag International Standard v4 (Green Rate - Level A)
  • Literature Review and Best Practice Guidelines for the Life Cycle of PVC Building Products
  • Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA)
    • Adhesives, Fillers and Sealants (AFS v1.0ii-2014)
    • Carpets (C v3.0-2021)  
    • Floor Coverings (FC v3.0-2021)
    • Furniture and fittings (FF v3.1i-2017)
    • Furniture, fittings, foam and mattresses (FFFM v3.1i-2017)
    • Paints and coatings (PC v2.3i-2012)
    • Panel boards (PB v3.0-2021)
    • Steel and Steel Products (SSP v1.0i-2019) 

How to use the information below

The sections below list the ways Recognised Schemes and Standards can be used to meet the Credit Achievement and/or Exceptional Performance benchmarks for each credit. By specifying that you have used products and materials that have been certified by these Schemes and Standards, you will be on your way to meeting the credit requirements.

For more information on these credits, please see the Green Star Buildings submission guidelines.

To assist project teams further, we will be releasing additional information on the month of September and will release online calculators shortly after the release of our online system.

Responsible Structure

(updated 24 August 2021)

Credit achievement

  • Reused products or building components  
  • The following schemes:
    • FSC Certification
    • GECA Steel and Steel Products (SSP v1.0i-2019)
    • GreenRate Level A  
  • The following combinations are accepted:
    • Climate Active Carbon Neutral for Products & Services + Product Specific EPD
    • Climate Active Carbon Neutral for Products & Services + Vinyl Council of Australia Best Practice PVC

Exceptional performance

  • Reused products or building components
  • The following combinations are accepted:
    • FSC certification + Product Specific or Industry wide EPD
    • GECA Steel and Steel Products (SSP v1.0i-2019) + Climate Active Carbon Neutral for Products & Services  
    • GECA Steel and Steel Products (SSP v1.0i-2019) + Product Specific or Industry Sector EPD
    • GreenRate Level A + Climate Active Carbon Neutral for Products & Services
    • GreenRate Level A + Product Specific or Industry Sector EPD
    • FSC certification + Climate Active Carbon Neutral for Products & Services

Responsible Envelope

(updated 24 August 2021)

Credit achievement

  • Reused products or building components  
  • The following schemes:
    • FSC Certification
    • GECA Panel boards (PB v3.0-2021)
    • GECA Steel and Steel Products (SSP v1.0i-2019)
    • GreenRate Level A  
  • The following combinations are accepted:
    • Climate Active Carbon Neutral for Products & Services + Product Specific EPD
    • Vinyl Council of Australia Best Practice PVC + Climate Active Carbon Neutral for Products & Services

Exceptional performance

  • Reused products or building components
  • The following combinations are accepted:
    • FSC certification + Climate Active Carbon Neutral for Products
    • FSC certification + Product Specific or Industry Sector EPD
    • FSC certification + Industry EPD
    • GECA (any of the above mentioned standards in this credit) + Climate Active Carbon Neutral for Products & Services 
    • GECA (any of the above mentioned standards in this credit) + Product Specific or Industry Sector EPD
    • GreenRate Level A + Climate Active Carbon Neutral for Products & Services
    • GreenRate Level A + Product Specific or Industry Sector EPD

Responsible Systems

(updated 24 August 2021)

Credit achievement

  • Reused products or building components
  • The following schemes are accepted:
    • Climate Active Carbon Neutral
    • FSC Certification
    • GreenRate Level A
  • The following combinations are accepted:
    • Vinyl Council of Australia Best Practice PVC + Climate Active Carbon Neutral for Products & Services 
    • Vinyl Council of Australia Best Practice PVC + Product Specific or Industry Sector EPD

Exceptional performance

  • Reused products or building components
  • The following combinations are accepted:
    • Climate Active Carbon Neutral for Products & Services + Product Specific EPD
    • Climate Active Carbon Neutral for Products & Services + Industry Sector EPD
    • FSC Certification + Climate Active Carbon Neutral for Products & Services
    • FSC Certification + Product Specific or Industry Sector EPD
    • GreenRate Level A + Climate Active Carbon Neutral for Products & Services
    • GreenRate Level A + Product Specific or Industry Sector EPD

Responsible Finishes

(updated 24 August 2021)

Credit Achievement 

  • Reused products or building components:
    • Climate Active Carbon Neutral
    • FSC certification
    • GECA Adhesives, Fillers and Sealants (AFS v4.0ii-2014)
    • GECA Carpets (C v3.0-2021)GECA Floor Coverings (FC v3.0-2021)
    • GECA Furniture and Fittings (FF v3.1i-2017)
    • GECA Furniture, Fittings, Foam and Mattresses (FFFM v3.1i-2017)
    • GECA Paints and Coatings (PC v2.3i-2012)
    • GECA Panel Boards (PB v3.0-2021)
    • GreenRate Level A
  • The following combinations are accepted:
    • Vinyl Council of Australia Best Practice PVC + Climate Active Carbon Neutral for Products & Services
    • Vinyl Council of Australia Best Practice PVC + product EPD 

Exceptional Performance

  • The following combinations are accepted:
    • Climate Active Carbon Neutral for Products & Services + Product Specific or Industry Sector EPD
    • FSC certification + Climate Active Carbon Neutral for Products
    • FSC certification + Product Specific EPD
    • FSC certification + Industry EPD
    • GECA (any of the above mentioned standards in this credit) + Climate Active Carbon Neutral for Products
    • GECA (any of the above mentioned standards in this credit) + Product Specific EPD or Industry EPD
    • GreenRate Level A + Climate Active Carbon Neutral for Products
    • GreenRate Level A + Product Specific EPD or Industry EPD
    • Vinyl Council of Australia Best Practice PVC + Climate Active Carbon Neutral for Products & Services

Additional requirements for timber, PVC, paints, adhesives, sealants, and engineered wood products.

Timber

There are additional requirements that must be met by all products where more than 20% of their mass, cost, volume, or other weight, whichever is smallest, is composed of timber materials.

These products must have a valid FSC, Responsible Wood, or PEFC chain of custody.

Paints, adhesives, sealants, carpets and engineered wood products

There are additional requirements that must be targeted by all paints, adhesives, sealants, carpets, and engineered wood products that are applied internally.

These products must meet the Minimum Expectations as defined in the credit Exposure to toxins in Green Star Buildings.

PVC

For PVC products, the manufacturing of the PVC complies with the Vinyl Council of Australia’s Best Practice PVC Guidelines.

Information for product manufacturers and suppliers

If you are a member organisation, please contact us if you would like to receive a briefing on the Responsible Product Framework, and what it means to you.

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Requesting an initiative to be considered

We want to invite certification schemes and other sustainability initiative providers to express their interest in being scored under the Responsible Product Framework. Applications will formally open at the end of August 2021. Contact us if you would like to be notified.

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Change log

DateChange
24 August 2021The following scheme was recognised: Good Environmental Choice Australia.
The following standards are recognised: Adhesives, Fillers and Sealants (AFS v1.0ii-2014), Carpets (C v3.0-2021), Floor Coverings (FC v3.0-2021), Furniture and fittings (FF v3.1i-2017), Furniture, fittings, foam and mattresses (FFFM v3.1i-2017), Paints and coatings (PC v2.3i-2012), Panel boards (PB v3.0-2021), Steel and steel products SSP v1.0i-2019)
15 August 2021Webpage amended. Guidance introduced for the four credits.
The following schemes were recognised: Climate Active Carbon Neutral Standard for Products & Services, Environmental Product Declarations (Industry wide), Environmental Product Declarations (Product-specific), FSC Forest Stewardship Standard of Australia (FSC-STD-AUS-01-2018 EN),Global GreenTag International Standard v4 (Green Rate – Level A), Literature Review and Best Practice Guidelines for the Life Cycle of PVC Building Products