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Green Star Homes

What is it and why does it matter?

Read on to find out what Green Star Homes certification entails and why it's important to contract a qualified and experienced assessor for your project. 

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Green Star's mission is to assess the sustainable design, construction and operation of buildings, fitouts and entire communities. Their Green Star Homes Standard more specifically aims to assess the health, resilience and energy efficiency of your home. In a world where climate change is becoming a formidable issue, minimising our carbon footprint and energy consumption has never been more important. However, this doesn't mean that your project has to suffer. In addition to ensuring sustainable design and construction practices, Green Star is also motivated on boosting productivity and improving the health and well-being of building occupants through thoughtful design. 

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What is Green Star Homes?

Green Star Homes aims to create Positive, Healthy and Resilient Homes for all Australians. In doing so, it is intended that all new homes in Australia will be highly efficient, fossil fuel free and powered by renewable sources ensuring the health and resilience of Australians and their homes.

 

There are two (2) stages to receiving Green Star Home certification:

  1. Green Star Designed: An initial assessment conducted with the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) which ensures initial designs meet Green Star Homes Requirements. If successful, your project will be awarded 'Green Star Designed'.
  2. Green Star Certification: This stage can only be conducted following the successful completion of the Green Star Designed stage. Green Star Certification is a formal process involving a third party, who will provide a rating based on the project's submission and the rating requirements of Green Star Homes. This is the only certification that proves that your project has successfully met the requirements of Green Star Homes and is therefore Positive, Healthy and Resilient.

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Green Star Certification

 
As an accredited third-party assessment provider, our team at Certified Energy can help you attain your Green Star Certification. This certification proves that your home has been independently certified to meet Green Star Requirements by providing a rating that indicates the extent to which your project has met these specifications.
 
View the benefits of Green Star Certification below.
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Pricing and Time Commitments

 

Typically, Green Star Home assessments begin at the Development Application (DA) stage and continue all the way until the construction phase. As such, the time it takes to complete a Green Star assessment generally correlates with the project timeline. 
As for quoting, it will typically depend on the contract value and the scale of the project.  Our fee proposal is split up into several stages:
  1. Concept Planning  - An elaborate project study and review will be conducted and a sustainable strategy plan will be proposed.
  2. Design Documentation - A design review submission will be completed and coordinated with our design team led by our nominated GSAP.
  3. Construction Services - A design review regarding the construction services within the site will be completed.
  4. Certification Fees - The finalised report will be submitted to the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) for review and approval. 

Prices can vary greatly for each stage of the assessment, so please feel free to submit your plans for an accurate and project-specific fee proposal. 

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GREEN STAR RATING - HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR ASSESSMENT

The building sector significantly contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. Due to growing fears caused by the emergence of climate awareness, more and more companies are being encouraged to take measures to reduce their environmental impact. These modern initiatives have spawned new industry sectors and businesses where individuals are keen to invest in sustainable designs and projects with certification from the Green Building Council of Australia’s (GBCA) Green Star Ratings.
 
Getting a project Green Star certified might sound daunting, but the following article will help you implement simple methods to improve your Green Star rating.

 

Using Non-Toxic Building Materials

Choosing non-toxic building materials is beneficial to both the tenants of the building and the environment. For paints, choosing non to low-volatile organic compound (VOC) paints is best since they contain fewer gases, reducing dangerous fumes and smells. Low to non-VOC paints are also less likely to trigger serious health reactions when inhaled.

 

Use Energy Efficient Light-Emitting Diode (LED) Lighting

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LED lights are known to be more energy efficient than traditional lights
 
It is safe to say that more and more households and offices are switching from traditional incandescent lights to LED lights and it is not hard to understand why. Its main energy-saving feature includes using about 60-90% less energy than halogen lights and incandescent lights. Research also shows that LED lights have a lower risk of combustion which makes it safer to be lit for longer hours.
 
In terms of environmental impact, LED lights do not have any mercury content which can be concerning when the bulb/light is at the end of the lifecycle as compared to mercury vapor lights and fluorescent lights. 
 
 

Choosing windows wisely

Windows aid in blocking sunlight, wind, and noise. The choice to use cheaper windows is enticing, however, in doing so the project may experience excessive sunlight exposure leading to an increase in electricity consumption. This is why more and more businesses are using Suntuitive technology. This technology is designed to reduce your carbon footprint by providing natural passive heating through glass panes. 

 

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In our previous article, we have discussed the energy-efficient Suntuitive technology and what sets it apart from single-glazed and double-glazed windows.

 

Other Methods

There is an increase in demand for indoor and outdoor plants in offices
 
Having a dedicated green space is another good energy-saving method because it reduces carbon dioxide levels and purifies the air, therefore requiring less power for electric air purifiers. Tropical indoor plants such as Peace Lily make for a good office decoration that has another purpose— purifying the air. In research conducted by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), it was found that the Peace Lily has air purifying properties as it breaks down and neutralizes toxins such as carbon monoxide, benzene, and formaldehyde.
 

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