Green Star rating tools

Green Star rating tools
Green Star rating tools

Key points

  • The Green Star rating system is the most widely recognised green building rating system in Australia
  • It works on a system of collecting credit points based on materials and processes used throughout the design, production and construction stages
  • Steel is a major component in the Green Star system as it may contribute to gaining credit points for the building under construction

Green Star rating tools

Green Star rating tools are a system of evaluating the environmental design and construction of buildings and communities, based upon the materials and processes used. The Green Star rating system was developed by the Green Building Council of Australia and has become the most widely recognised green building rating system in Australia. This system represents a set standard of measurement for the built environment and promotes the benefits of sustainable planning, design and construction. Through Green Star, Australia’s built environment is being transformed to ensure a more environmental sustainable future. 

How does the system work? 

Green Star works on a system of collecting credit points based on materials and processes used throughout the design, production and construction stages. From these credit points, a Green Star rating is derived which ranges up to a 6 star rating (World leader status).

How does steel contribute to obtaining points? 

The Green Star system encourages environmentally responsible steel design, fabrication and production methods that result in more efficient use of steel as a building material. Steel is a major component in the Green Star system as it may contribute to gaining credit points for the building which will boost the overall star rating. To qualify for steel credit under the Green Star system, steel products used in construction must come from manufacturers with an environmental management system to ISO 14001, who are member of the World Steel Climate Action group. 

What’s your benefit? 

InfraBuild (formerly LIBERTY OneSteel) ensures its steel products conform to the requirements of the Green Star system. Therefore, the implementation of InfraBuild products in your construction can assist you to achieve Green Star credit for your steel usage. As a member of the Australian Steel Institute Environmental Sustainability Charter, InfraBuild can provide higher credit points when they provide at least 60 per cent of the steel within a build. By complying with the Green Star system, InfraBuild is ensuring your best chance of achieving a higher Green Star rating and a more environmentally sustainable design. 

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Article published on Monday, 27 November 2017

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