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
Affordable Housing
YesSubmission Template
Asset ResilienceYesSubmission Template
Building Air Tightness
Yes*Submission Template
Carbon Neutral Construction ServiceYesSubmission Template
Carbon Positive – Existing BuildingsYesSubmission Template
Background Paper
Carbon Positive – New BuildingsYesSubmission Template
Background Paper
Carbon Positive – New FitoutsYesSubmission Template
Background Paper
Cleaning Accountability FrameworkYesSubmission 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
Energy Metering Integrity

Yes*Yes*Yes*Submission Template
Financial TransparencyYesYesYesYesSubmission Template
Excel Template
GECA Certified Waste Collection Services StandardYesSubmission Template
High Performance Site OfficesYesYes

Submission Template
Homes for Homes - Social and Affordable HousingYesYesYesYesSubmission Template
Incorporation of Indigenous DesignYesYesYesSubmission Template
Integrating Healthy EnvironmentsYesYesYesYesSubmission Template
Local Procurement
Submission Template
Marketing ExcellenceYesYesYesYesSubmission Template
Occupant Engagement
YesYesYesSubmission Template
Powered by RenewablesYesYesYesSubmission Template
Background Paper
Reconciliation Action PlanYesYesYesYesSubmission Template
Residential PerformanceYesYesSubmission Template
Responsible Carbon ImpactsYesYesSubmission Template
Background Paper
Smart PrecinctsYesSubmission Template
Social Return on Investment
YesYesYesSubmission Template
Tenancy Energy DisclosureYesSubmission 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.

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Green Building Council of Australia

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