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 has seen the retirement of some Innovation Challenges and others have been absorbed into updated versions of the Rating Tools.

Key changes include:

  • In 2018, the GBCA retired the Innovation Challenge Handbook. Guidance around Compliance and Documentation requirements has been included in the Submission Guidelines, the below table has Fact Sheets for individual Innovation Challenges.
  • Individual  Submission Templates are available for the Innovation Challenges for the ease of Project Teams putting together documentation for Submissions.

Ready to take on an Innovation Challenge?

The following table provides an overview of all Innovation Challenges and how they apply to all rating tools.


Some Innovation Challenges have additional resources these are included in the table below.

Current Innovation ChallengesGreen Star - CommunitiesGreen Star - Design & As BuiltGreen Star - InteriorsGreen Star - PerformanceAdditional Resources
Powered by Renewables
YesYesYesSubmission Template
Submission Template - PERF
Background Paper
Responsible Carbon Impact
YesYes
Submission Template
Background Paper
Carbon Positive – new buildings
Yes

Submission Template
Background Paper
Carbon Positive – new fitouts

Yes
Submission Template
Background Paper
Carbon Positive – existing buildings



YesSubmission Template COMING SOON
Background Paper
Adaptation and ResilienceYes*Yes*Yes*
Affordable Housing
Yes
YesSubmission Template
Building Air Tightness
Yes*
Yes*Submission Template
Community Benefits
YesYesYesSubmission Template
Contractor Education
Yes*Yes*Yes*Submission Template
Contribution to Industry Benchmarking


YesSubmission Template
Excel Template 
Culture, Heritage and Identity
YesYesYesSubmission Template
Design for Active Living Green Star - Communities 'Healthy and Active Living'Yes*Yes*Yes*
Energy Metering Integrity

Yes*Yes*Yes*Submission Template
Environmental Product DeclarationsYes*Yes*
Financial TransparencyYesYesYesYesSubmission Template
Excel Template
High Performance Site OfficesYesYes

Submission Template
Checklist 
Integrating Healthy EnvironmentsYesYesYesYesSubmission Template
Local Procurement
YesYesYes
Submission Template
Marketing ExcellenceYesYesYesYesSubmission Template
Materials Life Cycle ImpactsYes*Yes*
Occupant Engagement
YesYesYesSubmission Template
Reconciliation Action PlanYesYesYesYesSubmission Template
Reduction of Construction and Demolition WasteYes*
Smart PrecinctsYesSubmission Template COMING SOON
Social Enterprise for Affordable HousingYesYesYesYesSubmission Template
Information Sheet
Social Return on Investment
YesYesYesSubmission Template
Universal Design
YesYesYesYesSubmission Template

*Please refer to the Innovation Challenge Fact Sheet and Submission Guidelines, some Innovation Challenges are no longer eligible in updated rating tools.

Submission Template

The 'Innovation Challenges Submission Template' must be completed in order to make an Innovation Challenge claim. Please see the ‘How Documentation is Described in the Submission Guidelines’ section within the Introduction for further guidance on Documentation Requirements for project submissions.

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 

If you have a question about any of these Innovation Challenges or Innovation generally, contact us by submitting a Technical Question.

Do you want to propose a new Innovation Challenge for everyone to use? Contact us by submitting an Innovation Challenge Proposal.

Contact our Green Star Team

Green Building Council of Australia

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