The Green Star Office 2009 Design and Built rating tool evaluates the environmental initiatives and/or the potential environmental impact of new, existing and refurbished office buildings.
The expanded tool will now help building owners measure their building and any improvements to it on a consistent scale with new buildings. It provides owners with guidance and opportunities when developing their building upgrade plans and aims to maximise the efficiency of buildings while minimising environmental impacts.
This tool aims to give existing buildings an opportunity to be recognised for implementing sustainable design features as they go through their 7 – 10 year refurbishment cycle. It will also offer buildings the chance to examine where they can make minor improvements to achieve a rating.
The Office 2009 tool is an improvement on the first Green Star rating tool, Office Design & Built v1, which was launched in New Zealand in 2007.
To be eligible to apply for certification under the Green Star – Office 2009 tool, the building must meet the following criteria:
A Technical Manual for the Green Star Office 2009 rating tool is available in either hard or soft copy.
The development of the existing building portion of this tool was made possible by funding from:
As the Office 2009 tool was not a new tool for industry but simply an improvement on the Office Design & Built v1 tool which was piloted prior to release, pilot projects were not required to test this tool.
In addition, 50 projects have been certified under the Office Design & Built v1 tool.