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

The ‘next generation’ Green Star rating tool will be able to assess most building uses in Australia with the exception of single-unit dwellings, and will cover single- and mixed-use buildings at both the design and construction phases.

Romilly Madew, GBCA’s Chief Executive, explains the Green Star – Design & As Built is more than just an amalgamation of the existing rating tools for the design and construction of buildings. 

GBCA hopes the new rating tool will refine best practice benchmarks for sustainable design and construction in Australia, and address a host of emerging sustainability issues.

The scoping paper was developed in response to feedback received for the Green Star – Design & As Built Consultation Paper released in October 2013.

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

The feedback period is open until 31 July 2014.

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

The GBCA encourages industry to download the scoping paper, share feedback and get involved with the development process to ensure the rating tool is user-friendly, cost-effective and encourages innovation.

Madew adds that the delivery of Green Star – Design & As Built is an important part of GBCA’s strategic plan and is consistent with the organisation’s mission to integrate green building initiatives into the mainstream design, construction and operations of buildings, and to drive the Australian property industry towards sustainability.

Download the scoping paper below: