GREEN COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS

Products & Materials FAQ

  • Can my product get a Green Star rating?
  • How does my product relate to Green Star?
  • My product already has an eco-label that is not currently recognised by the NZGBC. What can I do to get my product recognised?
  • Is third party certification the only path for me to get my product recognised within Green Star?
  • How do I know which eco-labels are accepted by the NZGBC?
  • Are any new eco-labels being recognised by the NZGBC?
  • What is the GBCA Assessment Framework?
  • Want to find out more?

Can my product get a Green Star rating?

No. Green Star ratings are only awarded to whole buildings, or interior fitouts. Materials and products play an important role in the environmental impact of building and an entire category of Green Star is dedicated to assessing the Materials used on a project.

How does my product relate to Green Star?

Products and Materials relate to Green Star in two different ways:

  1. 1.In the Green Star Materials category, credits set out criteria to address environmental issues with key building materials. Where the criteria is fulfilled points are awarded. The Green Star v3 Technical Manual is available on our website.
  2. Alternatively your product may contribute to the overall sustainable performance of the building. For example, low-water flow fittings are recognised in the Potable Water credit, highly efficient heating systems are recognised in the Energy category, and blinds are recognised in the Daylight Glare Control credit. In this case, it's how the product is used, is recognised rather than how it is made.
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My product already has an eco-label that is not currently recognised by the NZGBC. What can I do to get my product recognised?

If your product has an eco-label that is not currently recognised by the NZGBC, please refer to the Product Certification area of the Green Building Council of Australia's website. This provides further details on how the product certification scheme providing the eco-label can apply for assessment against the GBCA Assessment Framework. A submission may be made by the product certification scheme or by another party on their behalf, provided the appropriate documentation can be supplied.

Is third party certification the only path for me to get my product recognised within Green Star?

No, Green Star also recognises products and materials that feature other environmental attributes such as high percentages of recycled content, product stewardship schemes, Declare and ISO14001 or Enviro-Mark. Further information can be found in the Green Star Technical Manual..

How do I know which eco-labels are accepted by the NZGBC?

Eco-labels that are currently recognised by the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) are listed on the Recognised Eco-label page of this website.

Are any new eco-labels being recognised by the NZGBC?

As an eco-label successfully passes the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) Assessment Framework, it is listed on the Recognised Eco-label page of this website.

What is the GBCA Assessment Framework?

The GBCA Assessment Framework for Product Certification Schemes was released in June 2009, as part of the GBCA's ongoing review of the Green Star environmental rating system for buildings.

The GBCA has developed the new Assessment Framework to:

  • clarify best practice benchmarks and establish expectations for manufacturers and suppliers of fitout products, as well as for the certification schemes that are recognised through Green Star
  • reduce the costs of product certification for manufacturers and suppliers
  • reduce the costs and commercial barriers associated with Green Star fitouts.

In November 2013, following further stakeholder consultation, the Framework was expanded to accommodate further product group standards for cleaning products and paints, adhesives, sealants and carpets (relevant VOC requirements).

Want to find out more?

NZGBC runs an annual Product and Materials forum for its members who are in the business of manufacturing and supplying building products and materials. We also host member Product Showcase evenings. Join the New Zealand Green Building Council and find out more about the opportunities to promote your green product to a rapidly growing market.