Future Homes

Our Future Homes Program is expanding our vision for healthy, resilient and positive places into our homes.

On average, Australian families spend 90% of their time indoors, with two thirds of this at home. So it’s not surprising to hear that 57% of Australia’s total built environment emissions come from our homes. If we are serious about limiting global warming to below 1.5 degrees, as committed to in the Paris Agreement, we can’t ignore our homes.

Through our Future Homes Program we are:

  • Setting a new standard healthy, resilient, and net zero energy Green Star Homes.
  • Working collaboratively, educating customers and building industry capability
  • Advocating to support industry as we leverage innovation and transition supply chain

Green Star Homes

Green Star Homes seeks to create healthy, resilient and net zero energy homes for all Australians. Our buildings have an enormous impact on our health and wellbeing, and our planet. We believe that everyone should have access to healthy buildings that are also good for our environment.

Green Star Homes Standard - open for consultation

The Green Star Homes Standard sets the requirement that a home will need to meet to achieve Green Star certification. The Standard has been developed as part of our Future Homes Strategy and is a key tool to help drive transformation in the residential sector to create a market for healthier, more resilient, energy efficient homes.

Through the Standard, we are hoping to lift the bar on current regulatory settings by proposing a more ambitious suite of minimum criteria. Unlike other Green Star rating tools, all elements in the standard must be met to achieve certification.

We have developed the draft Standard in consultation with industry, consumers, builders, banks, investors and insurers - and now we want your feedback.  

The standard is available for consultation until 30 October 2020.

About Green Star Homes

The Green Star Homes Standard is made up of three categories which we think are important for homes of the future. The categories and key topics covered are:

  • Positive: net zero in energy, fully electric, draught sealed, efficient and powered by renewables
  • Healthy: ventilated, comfortable, with products that are better for you
  • Resilient: water efficient and climate change ready.   

We are excited to have Stockland, Mirvac, Metricon, Rawson Homes, Chatham Homes, Passive House, Landcom and Development Victoria confirmed as Early Access Partners to pilot the new draft Standard.

Providing feedback

The Green Star Homes Standard includes key questions that GBCA would like feedback on. You can provide comments via the submission forms, or via a formal briefing session organised by the GBCA.

Each credit has a feedback form attached to it. Please use this form to submit feedback to us.
We welcome your comments, whether it is for individual credits, or the whole Standard.

The consultation period ends on 30 October 2020.

Further information on our Green Star Homes work is below

Ways you can get involved

Fact sheets

To help you understand our Strategy, the role of Green Star Homes and ways to work together, please see the following fact sheets.

With thanks to our partners

We thank the following organisations for their leadership and their support of our activities in this space.

Future Homes Gold Partner

Future Homes ​Supporting Partners

Future Homes Associate Partner

Watch the Green Star Homes Standard launch videos

Learn more about Future Homes

Watch the homes strategy launch video