Recognised Eco-labels

We have a FREE webinar which discusses how Products and Materials can be used in Green Star (and Homestar) projects.  It also covers Eco-labels, Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and other related topics. You are encouraged to view it here

Our Green Star tools have Product and Materials credits which aim to recognise responsibly sourced materials with lower resource consumption and less environmental impact than competitors. The tools also recognise the use of finishing materials that have lower VOCs (volatile organic compounds).  One way to achieve these products and materials credits is to use products that are certified under an approved ecolabel.

"Eco-labelling" is a voluntary method of environmental performance certification that is practiced around the world.  In contrast to "green" symbols or statements developed by manufacturers and service providers, an eco-label is awarded by an impartial third party, in relation to certain products or services that are independently determined to meet environmental leadership specifications. NZGBC does not provide eco-label certification for products and materials. Instead, we recognise those provided by third parties such as ECNZ and Green Tag. The following table provides a list of NZGBC recognised eco-labels:

Click here for NZGBC approved eco-labels 2022

If you are a product and/or materials supplier and you would like your product to be used in a Green Star project, you are encouraged to have the product either certified under one of these eco-labels or generate an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD). More information is provided here

NZGBC will continue to publish its own table of acceptable eco-labels until December 2021. Green Star projects registered before this date can use these eco-label schemes. After this date, we will streamline our acceptance of eco-labels with the Green Building Council of Australia.  Please read the pink box in the table for further information.

Updated June 2020