Green Star - Communities

Green Star - Communities assesses the planning, design and construction of large-scale development projects at a precinct, neighbourhood and/or community scale.

Green Star - Communities assesses projects against a holistic set of distinct social, environmental and economic categories, and an Innovation category. These categories are:

  • Governance;
  • Liveability;
  • Economic Prosperity;
  • Environment; and
  • Innovation.

The Green Star - Communities rating tool was originally developed by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) and released in 2015. In 2016, the NZGBC adapted the rating tool to suit New Zealand-based projects.

Green Star - Communities expands the NZGBC's suite of rating tools, previously from only buildings and fitouts, to now include large-scale developments. This rating tool will ensure even more New Zealanders are able to live, work and play in sustainable places.

For more information, please see the below links:

Interested Projects

New Zealand projects are now able to register under Green Star - Communities. The NZGBC will provide project teams with complimentary technical support throughout the certification process to ensure successful sustainability outcomes are achieved. 

Two Green Star Communities projects are going through certification in New Zealand at present. Another three are in the pipeline. No projects have been certified yet. Do get in touch. It would be great to take this ahead with you.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the Pilot process or would like to register a Pilot project, please contact the Green Star team on (09) 951 0733 or