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New Green Star Rulings to save time and money

As an important part of our Green Star 2014 program of works, we've released a new round of Rulings. The Rulings have been introduced to:

  • provide alternatives to expensive modelling, reducing costs while maintaining outcomes
  • introduce new deemed-to-satisfy criteria to save you time and money when your project moves from Design to As Built
  • provide alternative methods for meeting credit requirements, clarify terminology and correct errors.

Modelling alternatives

The GBCA regularly receives feedback about the expense associated with credits that require complex modelling, in particular the 'Daylight', 'Thermal Comfort' and 'Air Change Effectiveness' credits. Our new round of Rulings provides alternative methods for your team to demonstrate compliance, which could save you between $36,000 and $50,000 in modelling fees, as outlined below:

Credit

Estimated cost of compliance using modelling*

Estimated cost of compliance using new ruling*

Air Change Effectiveness $30,000 No more than $1,000
Thermal Comfort $5,000 - $16,000 No more than $1,000
Daylight $5,000 - $8,000 No more than $2,000

TOTAL:

$40,000 - $54,000 $4,000

TOTAL ESTIMATED SAVING:

$36,000 - $50,000


*Estimates are based on research and interviews with regular Green Star users

Easier move from Design to As Built

Six of the new Rulings will allow credits to be automatically awarded when your  Green Star Design-certified project moves to the As Built phase. These Rulings are estimated to save you $900 - $2,400 in documentation costs, as outlined below:

Credit

Estimated cost saving

Eco-1 Topsoil $150 - $450
Eco-2 Reuse of Land $150 - $900
Eco-3 Reclaimed Contaminated Land $150 - $900
Mat-2 Building Reuse $150 - $900
Tra-4 Commuting Mass Transport $150 - $600
Wat-6 Potable Water Use in Laboratories $150 - $900

TOTAL ESTIMATED SAVING:

$900 - $4,650


*Estimates are based on research and interviews with regular Green Star users

Less documentation

A further ten of the new Rulings simplify and reduce the documentation that is required to demonstrate compliance with Green Star credits. We expect that these Rulings will save your project $1,900 - $6,000, depending on its size and complexity.

Click here to download the revised Rulings OR download the summary