2 July 2009 – The Green Building Council of Australia said its new Green Star – Multi Unit Residential v1 rating tool, released today, could be used as a way to allocate bonus floor areas, fast assessment of development applications and cash incentives for green developments.

Chief executive officer of the GBCA, Romilly Madew, said that her council did not advocate Green Star as a mandatory regulation tool, but it did “encourage Green Star as a support mechanism for incentives.”

“The GBCA is currently in discussion with a number of authorities on how to apply the Green Star – Multi Unit Residential v1 rating tool to the allocation of bonus floor areas, fast assessment of development applications and cash incentives for green developments,” Ms Madew said.

“We are confident that the Green Star – Multi Unit Residential v1 tool will deliver
a single third party certification that the residential market can understand and
trust, and that property developers can use to demonstrate their development’s
green credentials.”

While the Green Star – Office suite of rating tools incorporates energy modeling consistent with the NABERS Energy tool, an equivalent modeling protocol did not exist for the multi unit residential sector.

The Energy “Conditional Requirement” in new residential tool is to be a uniform 10 per cent above the minimum thermal performance requirements established by regulation in each state.

This would allow state jurisdictions to amend their regulations and adjust their benchmarks, with the Green Star benchmark changing accordingly ,Ms Madew said.

“This approach uses existing documentation and energy modelling in all jurisdictions other than the Northern Territory, where there are no current minimum thermal performance
Requirements.

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