Green Star Update

The NZGBC and GBCA are committed to working closely together to strengthen the Green Star rating system.

The NZv1.0 submission guidelines are now available for Green Star Design and As Built NZ and Green Star - Interiors NZ rating tools. Green Star Design and As Built NZv1.0 is an adaptation of the Australian-developed Green Star – Design & As-Built v1.2 and can be used to certify base buildings of any typology. Green Star – Interiors NZv1.0 is able to certify interior fitout projects of any typology (office, retail, hospitality etc).

Green Star – Performance, launched in November 2017, is able to certify existing buildings in New Zealand for their operational performance.

Green Star - Communities certifies the environmental, social and economic sustainability outcomes of large scale developments. Australia and New Zealand share the same Submission Guidelines.

For more information on each of our tools please click on the following links:

Green Star Design and As Built NZv1.0

Green Star - Interiors NZv1.0

Green Star – Performance NZv1.0

Green Star - Communities

Submission Guidelines

NZGBC Members and Green Star Accredited Professionals are allowed free access to the Submission Guidelines. Please visit the Resources for Members and GSAPs page for download.

NZGBC non-Members are requested to contact the NZGBC for access to the Submission Guidelines.

Innovation updates

Innovation Challenges were introduced to Green Star in New Zealand in 2015. In 2019, more Innovation Challenges were introduced and become applicable for Homestar projects.

Innovation Challenges 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.

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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