It is common for Green Star Accredited Professionals and project contacts to have questions about how the Green Star Technical Manual guidance applies to their projects, or propose alternative yet equivalent methods for compliance. For this reason, the NZGBC offers Accredited Professionals and project contacts the opportunity to have their inquiries and requests reviewed via the Project Inquiry and Credit Interpretation Request (CIR) processes.
It is acknowledged that Accredited Professionals and project contacts also have comments and inquiries about the Technical Manual guidance that are not related to registered projects, and these can be dealt with as Technical Feedback.
Project Inquiries, CIRs and Technical Feedback may be converted into and released as Technical Clarifications (TCs) where they identify urgent clarification of Technical Manual guidance relevant to all projects. Please submit these forms to the NZGBC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is the responsibility of Green Star Accredited Professionals and project contacts to remain up to date with the TCs and CIRs released, as these may affect the submissions they are working on.
Credit Interpretation Requests (CIR) relate to situations where it is believed that a project has an alternative yet equivalent way to comply with the Aim of a Credit. Accredited Professionals and project contacts are invited to submit CIRs for their project where appropriate, but must provide sufficient supporting evidence to allow a ruling to be made. CIR rulings are then published on this webpage to provide guidance to other projects; however each project must submit its own CIR where a similar issue is apparent within a project, as CIRs are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Each project receives two complimentary CIRs, after which a fee of $400 per CIR will be charged.
Project Inquiries are only to be made by the Green Star Accredited Professional or main contact of a registered project. Each project receives four complimentary inquiries, after which a fee of $100 per inquiry will be charged. The NZGBC may determine that a Project Inquiry is applicable to all projects, and release the NZGBC response as a Technical Clarification (TC) on this webpage if appropriate.
Technical Clarifications (TCs) are extensions to the guidance provided in the Technical Manual, and function to clarify, rather than amend the Credit Criteria or Compliance Requirements of a given Credit. Green Star Accredited Professionals and project contacts cannot request a TC to be released, but can ask questions via the Project Inquiry or General Inquiry process that may be converted into TCs at the discretion of the NZGBC.