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.

In November 2013, following further stakeholder consultation, the Framework was expanded to accommodate further product group standards for 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 will contribute to achieving the Material Calculators, Fitout Calculators and the VOC credit in Green Star rating tools for design and construction.  Cleaning products certified by GBCA recognised Cleaning Products standards will contribute to achieving the Green Cleaning credit in Green Star — Performance.


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)

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

Assessment Tool for Product Certification Schemes (XLS 387KB - Updated 20/11/13)

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 the following Green Star credits:

Green Star – Design & As Built

Green Star – Interiors

  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Indoor Pollutants
  • Sustainable Products

Green Star – Performance

  • Green Cleaning
  • Procurement and Purchasing

In Legacy rating tools, the credits include: Furniture, Flooring, Assemblies, Material calculators, Volatile organic compounds (VOC), Formaldehyde minimisation, and Reduced Exposure to Pollutants.

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 product certification assessment process. 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.

Contact our Green Star Team

Green Building Council of Australia

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