Homestar recognises ‘innovative’ initiatives with a significant sustainability benefit that either sit outside the framework of credits within the tool, or that significantly exceed their benchmarks. There are up to 10 points available for these innovations and a project can apply for any feature to be recognised as an innovation. If you have an idea for an innovation in your project, we encourage you to talk to us as early in the process as possible.

A new, previously unawarded, innovation will require an application using the innovation request form available here. Innovation submissions are free (no fee) and are reviewed by a subject matter expert.

Innovation submissions may be made at any time, however we would strongly encourage teams to submit prior to round 1 to enable NZGBC to give appropriate advice on the documentation required to show compliance.

If found to be eligible, an appropriate number of points would be conditionally awarded and documentation necessary to confirm these points at the rating stage would be outlined. These details will then be recorded on the Homestar innovation register that is published and periodically updated here.

The assessor then claims the allowed points and submits all compliance documentation as with any other credit as part of the assessment submission. Innovations already awarded remain available for future projects until they are removed from the published innovation register. A project may apply for an innovation already in the register by simply noting the innovation title and claiming the available points in the Homestar scorecard and submitting the required documentation for audit. There is no fee for claiming points under an already awarded innovation. 

Innovation Challenges

In addition to innovations claimed by projects, Both Green Star and Homestar have published a list of innovation challenges. These recognise initiatives that don’t currently fit in to the main framework of these tools but that we believe are important to encourage and recognise. They cover environmental, social and economic sustainability initiatives. While some challenges only apply to some tools, others apply across all our tools. Several current innovation challenges were originally published by the Green Building Council of Australia for Green Star projects there, but have been adapted for Green Star and Homestar projects in New Zealand.

Click here to go see the table of innovation challenges

You are welcome to submit a new challenge relating to sustainability issues you would like to address email us here.