Product Certification Schemes

Product Certification Schemes Assessment Framework

The Assessment Framework for Product Certification Schemes (Framework) was released in June 2009. The Framework is the result of extensive dialogue with Green Star stakeholders, the appointment of an independent Expert Reference Panel and feedback from manufacturers and building industry professionals.

The GBCA has developed the Framework to:

  • clarify best practice benchmarks and establish expectations for manufacturers and suppliers of fitout products, as well as for the certification schemes that are recognised through Green Star
  • reduce the costs of product certification for manufacturers and suppliers
  • reduce the costs and commercial barriers associated with Green Star fitouts.

Following further stakeholder consultation, the Framework was expanded to accommodate further product group standards as follows:

- November 2013 - Product groups expanded to include cleaning products and paints, adhesives, sealants and carpets (relevant VOC requirements). Fitout items, paints, adhesives and sealants which are certified by GBCA-recognised certification standards can contribute to achieving the Indoor Pollutants and Sustainable Products credits in Green Star rating tools for design and construction of buildings and fitouts. Also, for Legacy rating tools, they contribute to the Material Calculators, Fitout Calculators and the VOC credit.  Cleaning products certified by GBCA recognised Cleaning Products standards will contribute to achieving the Green Cleaning credit in Green Star — Performance.

- August 2018 - Other products not already included in the scope have now been captured in an "Addendum ". Other products which are certified by GBCA-recognised certification standards can contribute to achieving the Indoor Pollutants and Sustainable Products credits in Green Star rating tools for design and construction of buildings and fitouts. Also, for Legacy rating tools, they contribute to the Material Calculators, Fitout Calculators and the VOC credit.


Download:

Pre-Registration Review Application Form (for Assessment of Product Certification Schemes)

GBCA Trade Mark Policy (Referencing Green Star® in Product Literature)


Supporting documentation:

Criteria for Evaluating Product Certification Schemes (PDF 526KB - Updated 15/09/14)

Addendum to the Criteria for Evaluating Product Certification Schemes: Other product standards (PDF 279KB - Uploaded 24/08/18)

Assessment Process for Product Certification Schemes (PDF 247KB - Updated 03/07/15)

Scorecard - Assessment Tool for Product Certification Schemes (XLS 348KB - Updated 24/08/18)

Assessment Tool Users Guide (PDF - 203KB Updated 20/11/13)


Why are recognised product certification schemes relevant under Green Star?

Products that are recognised under GBCA recognised product certification schemes can help to achieve a number of Green Star points.


Recognised Product Certification Schemes 

Product certification schemes are assessed by GBCA against our 'Assessment Framework', outlined above. The following schemes are currently recognised:

Other product certification schemes can be recognised through our Assessment Process for Product Certification Schemes . When submitting documentation for assessment, please make sure you send a copy of the Submission Requirements checklist, with your submission.


Referencing Green Star in Product Literature

The GBCA Trade Mark Policy outlines the GBCA's requirements for references to the Green Star trade mark in product literature. All references to Green Star in product advertising must comply with the requirements set out under the GBCA Trade Mark Policy.

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