Updating Green Star

The NZGBC regularly reviews the Green Star tools to make sure they are up-to-date and meeting industry needs.

Reviews are important to make sure Green Star targets are achievable, and that they continue to genuinely represent best practice as industry and technology evolves.

Green Star in 2018

The NZGBC and GBCA have recently committed to working closer together in strengthening the Green Star rating system. This includes developing universal rating tools which can be used by projects in both countries.

Currently, the Green Star - Communities and Green Star - Performance rating tools are shared between both countries. New Zealand specific guidance and adaptation to specific credits has taken place to ensure relevance to the local context.

Next year, this offering will be expanded to include the Green Star - Design & As Built and Green Star - Interiors rating tools. More information will become available leading up to the formal launch of these rating tools.

Green Star - Version 3.2

In January 2018 we released an updated version of Green Star: Green Star v3.2. Find out more about the Green Star v3.2 update.

Innovation updates

As part of Green Star v3, we have introduced the ability to submit an Innovation ‘Challenge’. These can be proposed by project teams to gain Innovation points towards their Green Star rating. Once an Innovation Challenge has been accepted by the NZGBC, it is made publicly available and may be used by other projects. Find out more about Innovation Challenges.

Green Star Custom tools

We can also adapt Green Star to apply to any building type that is outside the scope of the existing tools. Examples of Custom tools we have developed include hospitals, libraries, and sports centres. Find out more about custom tools.

What does a Green Star review involve?

We base our reviews on feedback from NZGBC members and professionals, the wider industry and international rating tools.Rulings, clarifications and Innovations granted in Green Star projects also provide a key source of information when reviews are undertaken.

Reviews can be relatively small in scope as well as wide-ranging. Depending on need, we may review the entire tool or a credit within a tool. A review may result in:

  • the release of new credits or categories
  • revised processes to streamline and improve the tools
  • the release of a new tool.

  • Providing Feedback

    We are always interested in hearing feedback and being alerted to any issues. Please email a technical feedback form to Green Star or call us on (09)379 3996 to provide your views.

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