The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) is calling on the industry for feedback on its new Green Star – Design & As Built rating tool.

Green Star – Design & As Built, a ‘next generation’ Green Star rating tool, aims to assess most building uses in Australia excluding single-unit dwellings. It will, however, cover single- and mixed-use buildings at both the design and construction phases.

“Green Star – Design & As Built is more than just an amalgamation of the existing rating tools for the design and construction of buildings,” said GBCA chief executive, Romilly Madew. “With this rating tool, we aim to refine best practice benchmarks for sustainable design and construction in Australia, and address a host of emerging sustainability issues.”

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Green Star – Design & As Built

A scoping paper has been developed addressing feedback received from the Green Star – Design & As Built Consultation Paper released in October 2013. One point of consistent feedback alluded to the price of Green Star certification acting as a barrier for projects pursuing a Green Star rating.

The new Green Star – Design & As Built will reduce the amount of documentation required to demonstrate compliance and will be applicable to a wider range of project types.

The scoping paper outlines the GBCA’s proposed approach to the new rating tool, including an improved certification pathway, online delivery platform and revised weighting system.

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High pricing and extensive documentation are current rating barriers

A first draft of all credits will be released for public comment at the end of April and the feedback period is open until July 31, 2014. Project teams will also be invited to test the draft credits on currently registered projects.

Green Star – Design & As Built will be delivered entirely online and available for project registration from late 2014.

“We encourage industry to download the scoping paper, share feedback and get involved with the development process to ensure we deliver a rating tool that is user-friendly, cost-effective, encourages innovation and delivers world leadership in sustainable design and construction,” Madew said.

“The delivery of Green Star – Design & As Built is an important part of our strategic plan and is consistent with our mission to integrate green building initiatives into the mainstream design, construction and operations of buildings, and to drive the Australian property industry towards sustainability.”