05 Mar 2020
Green Star has played a pivotal role in transforming Australia’s built environment since it began as a rating tool in 2003, becoming a key player in improving the places where Australians live, work and play.
We have now certified almost 2500 buildings, fitouts and communities across Australia. This means:
Green Star: A year in focus is our first annual report measuring the impact of Green Star. Our report highlights some of the standout achievements from 2018-19, measures the value of Green Star, and outlines some of our exciting plans for the future.Download the report
As we discussed in the last Inside Green Star, we’re continually looking at ways to improve your Green Star experience. Here are the latest website improvements:
When viewing individual project records in the Green Star Portal, a couple of changes have been made for ease of navigation:
Project status tracker:
You can track the progress status of your project through certification.
Not sure what a status means? Simply hover your mouse over the status and a short explanation will appear.
Want to see what else we’ve done to improve your Green Star experience? Check out some of the other features we’ve implemented.
General Question - Ask a General Question about Green Star. These aren’t rating tool or credit specific.
Technical Question - Ask a Technical Question if you would like to clarify rating tool requirements or propose an alternative approach to Green Star credit requirements (including general Innovation queries and existing Innovation Challenges). Questions which relate to certification outcomes, whether general or project specific must be lodged as a Technical Question.
To avoid delay in getting responses to your question, please ensure you submit your question correctly.
Our Technical Coordinators are bound by our ISO 9001 certification that requires a check and approval step where advice can potentially relate to certification outcomes. This mean that technical questions cannot be answered over the phone or email. Always send through technical questions online, to avoid delay. If we require any further information or explanation we’ll reach out to you once you’ve submitted your question.
The best thing about submitting questions online is that you can track the progress of the question, and view the final response too!
The popular Financial Transparency Innovation Challenge has an updated Financial Transparency Disclosure Template featuring:
This refresh helps the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) better capture and manage our data, and importantly, provide better insights into the cost of Green Star.
The Financial Transparency Disclosure Template is available here.
If you have sector specific issues where a specific credit or criteria doesn’t quite fit, submit a technical question. Within the technical question we’ll work with you to determine alternative compliance pathways.
We are always working to improve your Green Star experience. We're currently working on a one stop resource page to simply access all things rating tool related, so stay tuned!
Have more suggestions to improve functionality on the GBCA website or Green Star Project Manager? Please let us know by providing feedback online. We’d love to hear from you!
Are you experienced with Green Star Performance and want to be a Certified Assessor? Apply now! Applications for Green Star Performance Assessors are open until end of March.
There’s plenty on the horizon for Green Star Future Focus. As we begin 2020, here are the most important things you need to know.
Over forty draft credits were released in December for comment – and many of these are game-changers.
New carbon credits will support the industry’s ambitious zero carbon agenda, while the new Nature category reimagines the Land Use & Ecology category and ups the ante on biodiversity.
A Resilience category expands the remit beyond climate risks and challenges the industry to consider broader opportunities for infrastructure and communities.
There’s a lot to take in – but you don’t have to comment on every credit – just those that reflect your expertise, experience or particular passion.
View all the draft credits here. The consultation period ends on March 13th.
To support the draft credits, we’ve provided five webinars to inform you on what we’re proposing.
Each webinar takes a deep dive into one or two categories by presenting the proposed credits in detail. The webinars provide a great opportunity to understand the evolution of the credits and ask any questions you may have. The following webinars are available:
These webinars are free for GBCA members in our online learning library.
With each evolution of Green Star, the GBCA looks for further enhancements to improve the certification experience and drive down documentation costs.
This consultation paper asks for industry feedback on several ideas, including a digital submission management platform and a pathway for performance verification that will simplify credits from acoustics to lighting to air quality.
We’re calling for feedback until 13 March 2020. And remember, this isn’t just about improving the certification process for new Green Star rating tools – we’ll also continue to enhance the experience of existing tools. It’s an ongoing evolution.
Responsible Products Framework
A new version of Green Star has provided an opportunity to revisit how using responsibly-sourced building products is rewarded in Green Star. A draft new framework is described in our latest consultation paper. Key features that are being proposed include:
We need your feedback! Consultation closes for this paper on 27 March 2020.
2020 will be a big year for the Future Focus rating tools. Alongside the release of Green Star for New Buildings later in the year, we’ll also be releasing a consultation paper and draft credits for Green Star for Building Performance, begin stakeholder engagement on Green Star for Fitouts, and progress with Green Star for Communities. Keep a look out on the Future Focus webpage for updates as the year progresses.
The purpose of Green Star – Design & As Built is to deliver an ‘As Built’ rating. It sets criteria for assessment of the building as delivered by the building owner or developer.
This document aims to create clarity on the following issues related to the scope of fitouts in Green Star – Design & As Built projects:
To find out more, please download the Green Star – Design & As Built Fitout Scope: Guidance for Cold Shell, Warm Shell and Integrated Fitouts
Have a question about Green Star? Check out our most recent FAQs below, or view and search all FAQs — they're free!
F-00134 - Can the GHG credit from Design & As Built v1.3 be used by projects registered under the previous rating tools?
F-00132 - Can credit 22.Digital Infrastructure be claimed as Innovation under Global Sustainability?
F-00133 - Can taps dedicated for cleaning and facility management be excluded from the Green Star - potable water credit?
F-00128 - Are Science Based Targets considered innovative for initial certification in Green Star - Performance?
F-00126 - Minor amendment to the reverberation credit in Green Star - Design & As Built v1.2 and Green Star - Interiors v1.2