If the targeted Green Star Certified Rating is not achieved after the second round of assessment, the following options are available:
1. Accept the outcome
The Project Team can accept and market the result as a Certified Rating as long as the final weighted score of the submission is 45 or above, which equates to 4 Green Star. If the final weighted score of the submission is below 45, the project does not qualify for a Certified Rating. The NZGBC will not disclose the results of the Green Star certification process or the Project Team’s initial intent of achieving a Green Star Certified Rating without the building owner’s previous approval.
2. New certification process
The Project Team has the option of initiating a new Green Star certification process. This is the only option that would allow the Project Team to claim credits that were not previously claimed, or make changes to any aspect of the design, contract or policy. Should this option be chosen, both the building owner and the NZGBC must execute a new Certification Agreement and repeat the entire certification process. Please note that an invoice will be issued for the new certification process. There is no guarantee that the NZGBC will be able to engage the same Assessors to assess the submission and therefore the submission must be re-submitted in its entirety.
Project Teams have the option of lodging a formal Appeal if the submission does not achieve the number of points targeted at the conclusion of the certification process, as long as the following criteria are met:
The Appeal submission will be reviewed by different Assessors to those who initially did not award the relevant points. The recommendation of the different Assessors will be presented to the NZGBC Technical Sub Committee (TSC) for final approval in the same manner that all submissions go before the TSC for final approval as a part of the normal certification process. The NZGBC will take four weeks to process the Appeal.
The following rules and conditions apply: