Inside Green Star - 2nd Edition, October 2019

Green Star – Design & As Built v1.3 and Green Star – Interiors v1.3 have arrived!

Green Star – Design & As Built v1.3 & Interiors v1.3 rating tools have now been released and are available to download from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) website.

Why is it being updated? In May, the Australian Building Codes Board introduced much welcomed changes to Section J of the National Construction Code. To account for these changes, we are introducing Green Star – Design & As Built v1.3 and Green Star – Interiors v1.3.

Green Star – Design & As Built v1.3 and Green Star – Interiors v1.3 aim to:

  • Continue to drive buildings to reduce their emissions in line with the Carbon Positive Roadmap
  • Give industry insight on how Green Star will work with the new Section J requirements in the 2019 National Construction Code

This update is mandatory for all projects subject to the 2019 Section J requirements. This includes existing registered Green Star projects.

Those subject to the NCC 2016 Section J requirements can continue to register under Green Star  – Design & As Built v1.2 and Green Star – Interiors v1.2 until May 2020.

We congratulate the Australian Building Codes Board on these changes, and look forward to similar actions in the residential sector in 2022. We also thank those in our Greenhouse Gas Emissions Expert Reference Panel, our Technical Advisory Group, our Industry Advisory Group, and the Green Star Advisory Committee for their help in delivering this update.

To find out more about the changes, please click here to view the FREE webinar.

Please contact your project Technical Coordinator to address any challenges you’re facing regarding compliance.



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Important submission deadlines

Are you aiming to achieve Green Star certification on your project? Are you wanting certification within a certain time frame? View key submission deadlines to ensure you receive your results in time.

View key submission deadlines

Future Focus – what's coming up next?

Thank you for all feedback on the consultation paper on Green Star for New Buildings.

The consultation paper on Green Star for Communities is now available for your comments. Please click here to view the consultation paper and provide your feedback. The consultation process is open until the end of November.

Later this year we’ll be releasing a consultation paper on Certification. To know when this is available, make sure you're subscribed to the Inside Green Star mailing list so you can view proposed changes and provide feedback.


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Did you know?

We've made some improvements to better help you manage your Green Star projects. Check these out below - some may surprise you!

All registered projects have a free resource folder available in their Green Star Project Manager Portal – this folder contains the Submission Guidelines, Submission templates, Calculators and Calculator Guides – all in one handy zip file that you can download and use for your Green Star Project.

How do I get this? This is located in your Green Star Project Manager Portal, just click on your specific project then go to “Files”. These will be a zip file with the rating tool name ending in “Resource files”.

How much does this cost? It comes free with each registered project.


You can view all the requests for your project in the project record. Even those submitted by other people!

How do I get this? This is located in your Green Star Project Manager Portal, just click on your specific project then go to “Requests”.

How much does this cost? It comes free with each registered project.


When you submit for assessment, we do a complimentary Pre-assessment review prior to scheduling for assessment. You get notified when the pre-assessment review isn’t successful and things need to be addressed, but did you know you also get notified when the pre-assessment review is successful, and the submission will proceed to assessment?

How do I get this? This is sent to the Primary contact listed within the project records. This may or may not be the Submitter of the request.

How much does this cost  It’s free!


You can view the progress of your requests and the estimated response dates.

How do I get this? This is located in your Green Star Project Manager Portal, under “Requests”.

How much does this cost? It’s free!



These are just some of the ways we’ve improved the Green Star Project Manager Portal to help you on your Green Star project. We’re also looking to do more updates to the Portal so that it’s simpler for you to submit for assessment, allow you to track the progress of your project, and so much more.


Have more suggestions to improve functionality? Please let us know by providing feedback online. We’d love to hear from you!

FAQs

Green Star FAQs is a platform of answers to frequently asked Green Star questions. FAQs apply to Green Star – Communities, Green Star – Design & As Built, Green Star – Interiors, and Green Star – Performance rating tools. For more information on what FAQs are and how they work check out our website. The GBCA will be updating FAQs over time, so make sure you look at the FAQs before you submit technical questions.

How do I get this? Go to the FAQs webpage on our website. You will need to be logged in to the GBCA to view this.
How much does it cost? Log in set up takes a couple of minutes and is free – as are the FAQs to use!