Innovation Challenges

Innovation Challenges

Innovation Challenges are designed to encourage and direct investment in solutions that address a wide range of social, economic and environmental sustainability issues. Some Innovation Challenges will take the form of new credits, while others will simply identify sustainability issues that additional research and innovation will help to address.

What's New in Innovation Challenges

Based on the rapid uptake of Innovation Challenges to-date and feedback received from project teams, a review of the Innovation Challenges process has recently taken place. In October 2015, the 'Innovation Challenges Handbook' was released to improve the experience of celebrating a project's innovation with Green Star. 

Key changes include:

  • The introduction of four new Innovation Challenges, bringing the total number of Innovation Challenges to 16.
  • Additional guidance around Compliance and Documentation Requirements for existing Innovation Challenges, thereby removing the need for project teams to submit queries to the GBCA in order to target them.

This Handbook is the one-stop-shop for understanding all you need to 'take the Challenge'.

Ready to take an Innovation Challenge?

The following table provides an overview of the eligibility of rating tools across all Innovation Challenges. Please note, these Innovation Challenges are the same as those contained in the Innovation Challenges Handbook.
Some Innovation Challenges have additional resources associated with them. These resources are also included in the table below.

Current Innovation ChallengesGreen Star - CommunitiesGreen Star - Design & As BuiltGreen Star - InteriorsGreen Star - PerformanceAdditional Resources
Powered by RenewablesYesYesYesBackground Paper
Responsible Carbon ImpactYesYesBackground Paper
Carbon Positive – new buildingsYesBackground Paper
Carbon Positive – new fitoutsBackground Paper
Carbon Positive – existing buildingsYesBackground Paper
Affordable Housing
Building Air TightnessYesYes
Community BenefitsYesYesYes
Contractor EducationYesYesYes
Contribution to Industry BenchmarkingYesExcel Template 
Culture, Heritage and IdentityYesYesYes
Energy Metering Integrity

Financial TransparencyYesYesYesYesExcel Template
High Performance Site OfficesYesYesChecklist 
Integrating Healthy EnvironmentsYesYesYesYes
Marketing ExcellenceYesYesYesYes
Occupant EngagementYesYesYes
Reconciliation Action PlanYesYesYesYes
Social Enterprise for Affordable HousingYesYesYesYesInformation Sheet
Social Return on InvestmentYesYesYes

Submission Template

The 'Innovation Challenges Submission Template' must be completed in order to make an Innovation Challenge claim. Please see the 'How to document your Innovation Challenge claim' section in the Innovation Challenges Handbook for additional details.

Stats on Innovation Challenges

If you're curious to understand how Innovation Challenges are being used by project teams since their release, take a look at the Innovation Challenges summary report.

Claiming Innovation Challenges in Legacy Projects 

Some Innovation Challenges have been developed into credits in the New Generation Green Star rating tools. In order for Legacy projects to claim these initiatives, the relevant credit from the New Generation rating tool will need to be targeted. Please see the 'Retired Innovation Challenges' section in the Innovation Challenges Handbook for full details.

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