Green Star Communities

Green Star Communities


Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA)

Type(s) of Tool

Rating SystemsProvide quantifiable sustainability ratings and / or certification for projects or assets.


Urban Planning

Lifecycle Phase(s)

Strategic PlanningPublic authorities identify the needs and long-term vision for infrastructure development., Project PlanningGeneral strategy for a project’s delivery is developed., Concept DesignTechnical experts broadly outline the project’s basic characteristics., Detailed DesignTechnical experts further elaborate the Concept Design., ConstructionThe asset is constructed in line with design, budget and timeline.

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Green Star Communities assesses the planning, design and construction of large-scale development projects at a precinct, neighbourhood and / or community scale. The main purpose of the tool is to assess communities’ development attributes against best practice benchmarks across sustainability matters. Green Star Communities certification lasts a maximum of five years, after which the project can recertify. This allows projects to re-assess their approach, improve and be recognized for progress made in delivering on the ground. The Green Star Communities Project Inception Checklist provides guidance for early planning processes.

Tool Outcome

The tool offers a third-party assessment and certification of a project’s sustainability. Assessments can be used to improve performance and to do better in subsequent recertification. The Green Star Communities Project Inception Checklist can be used to align to Green Star assessment criteria already in the planning phase of projects.

Sustainability Criteria

The tool provides a holistic rating across five impact categories:
– Governance
– Livability
– Economic prosperity
– Environment
– Innovation


Urban Development

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