Green Star NZ rewards the specification and inclusion of third party-certified products and materials through a number of Materials credits.
Green Star recognises two paths for third-party certification (as illustrated below): Environmental Choice NZ certification; having an eco-label awarded by a certification body that has successfully passed the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) Assessment Framework for Product Certification Schemes. See the FAQs page for further details on the GBCA Assessment Framework and NZGBC's consultation process around the decision to adopt this framework.
NZGBC does not test, review or certify products or materials. Instead, we utilise the work of third-party certification bodies and eco-labels. They test and carry out environmental assessments of products and materials that relate to the Materials category credits.