Inside Green Star – 6th edition, January 2021

21 Jan 2021

Green Star: A year in focus

Our Green Star: A year in focus report outlines Green Star’s highlights and achievements for the financial year. 

We continue to develop Green Star for the future and this latest report shows industry is taking it up at record highs. This year we certified 456 projects; the most ratings issued in a single year!     

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2020 reflection

As we close the 2020 chapter, we reflect on how we worked with industry to deliver more Green Star certifications. Here’s a small snapshot of our 2020 achievements:

We look forward to more great accomplishments in 2021 as we work with industry to improve the sustainability of our built environment.

Improving your Green Star experience

We’ve made more improvements to make your Green Star journey easier:

  • Certification types — A dedicated webpage clarifies the requirements for certifying more than one building under a single certification (known as Multiple Building Single Rating). Applicants MUST submit an eligibility request for our approval prior to registering. Contact the Market Engagement team if you have any questions.
  • Volume approach — We have also developed a web page dedicated to explaining and promoting the Volume approach, one of the most popular approaches for applicants delivering large pipelines of new buildings and fitouts.
  • Current certificates — To help project teams identify current ratings applicable to projects (for example, recertified Green Star — Performance or Green Star — Communities projects), we’ve added a “Recertified” tab in the Green Star Project Manager. Also, archived rating certificates contain a watermark referencing the most valid certificates, making it even easier to access the most current certification on your project. 


Future Focus

Green Star Online

The digitisation of the Green Star process is being undertaken in partnership with Australian software developers and Microsoft partner, Build-Apps. Green Star Online will be delivered on Microsoft 365 utilising the Power Platform, globally recognised for its exceptional reporting and data sharing capabilities. By working closely with Microsoft we can develop a highly customisable platform that is scalable, future proofed and user friendly, all within a familiar interface. 

Green Star Online for Green Star Buildings is scheduled to be released mid-2021. Check out our website for more information on Green Star Online or opt in to Green Star newsletter to stay updated.


Green Star Buildings Calculators

The first stage of Green Star Online is the release of four online calculators that can be used to demonstrate a project’s sustainability attributes and the compliance with rating tool credits: 

  • upfront carbon emissions calculator 
  • energy use calculator 
  • water use calculator 
  • movement and place calculator 

View the Green Star Buildings Calculators here.


Green Star Buildings overview

Green Building Council of Australia members can download an overview of Green Star Buildings as a Powerpoint presentation. The overview communicates the five key new features of the rating tool and will support you in explaining and presenting the benefits of the new rating tool within your organisation and to your stakeholders.

Download the Green Star Buildings Powerpoint here.

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