No. Materials and products play an important role in the “greenness” of building. Green Star rates whole buildings, or interior fitouts, and while no individual building product or material can achieve a Green Star rating, the materials and products that are used in a building can contribute to that building achieving Green Star certification.
Products and Materials relate to Green Star in two different ways:
Firstly, the use of environmentally friendly products is rewarded. That means products manufactured to reduce their environmental impact are rewarded, for example, paints, carpets and insulation that have been given the Environmental Choice “tick”. In addition steel and concrete with recycled content, and timber with environmental certification are also rewarded.
Secondly, your product may fit in if it contributes to the overall greenness of the building. Examples here include low-water flow fittings, highly efficient heating systems and even bicycle storage systems. In this case, it's how the product is used, not the way it was manufactured that’s important.
If your product has an eco-label that is not currently recognised by the NZGBC, please refer to the Product Certification area of the Green Building Council of Australia's website. This provides further details on how the product certification scheme providing the eco-label can apply for assessment against the GBCA Assessment Framework. A submission may be made by the product certification scheme or by another party on their behalf, provided the appropriate documentation can be supplied.
In certain Credits, Green Star also recognises products and materials that feature other environmental attributes such as high percentages of recycled content, product stewardship schemes and ISO14001 or EnviroMark. Further information can be found on the Green Star Excel Tools.
All the standards relating to products and materials are set out clearly in the Green Star tools. These are freely downloadable from this website. Familiarise yourself with these so that when a specifier asks you whether your product will help them get a Green Star rating - you’ll know the answer.
Eco-labels that are currently recognised by the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) are listed on the Recognised Eco-label page of this website.
As an eco-label successfully passes the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) Assessment Framework, it is listed on the Recognised Eco-label page of this website.
The GBCA Assessment Framework for Product Certification Schemes was released in June 2009, as part of the GBCA's ongoing review of the Green Star environmental rating system for buildings.
The new Assessment Framework is the result of extensive dialogue with Green Star stakeholders in Australia, the appointment of an independent Expert Reference Panel and feedback from manufacturers and building industry professionals. The GBCA has developed the new Assessment Framework to:
NZGBC runs special forums for its members who are in the business of manufacturing and supplying building products and materials. Join the New Zealand Green Building Council and find out more about the opportunities to promote your green product to a rapidly growing market.