Existing buildings to get Green Star rating system

Street of Launceston, Tasmania (Photographer: Synyan)

THE GREEN Building Council of Australia is developing a new Green Star rating tool to assess the operational performance of existing buildings. The aim is to address the 95% of the market that is not brand new. Although there are tools to assess some existing buildings, there are significant gaps in the system.

Green Star – Performance will cover all nine Green Star environmental impact categories – management, transport, indoor environment quality, land use and ecology, emissions, materials and innovation – in addition to energy and water, which are covered by NABERS.

The tool will also help to compare Green Star designed buildings with non–Green Star designed buildings in operation. This will provide a better understanding of holistic sustainability performance.

Image: Launceston, Tasmania (Photographer: Synyan).

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