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Green Star Certification Mark

The Green Star Certification Mark combines the Green Star Logo with a distinctive numerical device that designates a level of Green Star certification, the tool name and version and year of certification.

Once a project has been certified, the Green Star Certification Mark appropriate to the level of certification (4, 5 or 6 Star Green Star) may be used in collateral and other marketing materials to promote the associated Green Star project.

From 1 January 2013, the Green Building Council of Australia is introducing time limits on Green Star – Design ratings. This new policy means that Green Star – Design ratings awarded to projects registered on or after 1 January 2013 will expire 24 months after the building’s practical completion. Find out more about time limits on Green Star – Design ratings.


Green Star Certification Mark

Green Star Certification Mark use

Use of the Green Star Certification Mark is authorised by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) only after a project is Green Star certified. Green Star registered projects may not use any Green Star certification marks. The relevant mark will become available for the applicant to download from the Green Star Project Manager upon certification.

Use of the Green Star Certification Mark on anything other than promoting a Green Star certified project is prohibited.

The mark may be used on business and marketing materials associated with a particular Green Star certified project. Additional uses must be approved by GBCA Marketing.

No other trademarks owned by GBCA may be used for promotion of your Green Star project.

GBCA has developed the following guidelines for use:
Green Star Project Marketing Kit and Style Guide [1.8 MB]
The Green Star Project Marketing Kit is the essential marketing reference tool to get the most out of your Green Star certified project.

Green Star Trade Marks

The GBCA is the owner of various trade marks including trade marks incorporating the words "Green Star".

Use of GBCA's trade marks must be authorised. Any unauthorised use may result in legal action.

GBCA Trade Mark Policy - Referencing Green Star in product literature

The Green Star environmental rating system does not certify individual products. Manufacturers may reference Green Star in their product literature provided that the language neither states nor implies endorsement by the GBCA or the Green Star system. Furthermore, the language must clearly acknowledge that Green Star credit requirements cover the performance of materials, not the performance of individual products or brands. Therefore, products that meet the Green Star performance criteria can only contribute towards earning points needed for Green Star certification; they cannot be said to earn points towards Green Star certification on their own.

Acceptable
"Product 'A' contributes towards satisfying Credit 'X' in the following Green Star rating tools: (specify tools)
"Product 'A' complies with 'X' requirements of Credit 'X' in the following Green Star rating tools: (specify tools)

Such claims should be accompanied with the following note:
Products are not reviewed or certified under the Green Star rating system. Green Star credit requirements cover the performance of materials in aggregate, not the performance of individual products or brands.

Unacceptable
"Product 'A' is Green Star [certified/rated/qualified/ compliant/ accredited/ approved]"
"Green Star product"
"Product 'A' [meets/satisfies/fulfils/complies with] Credit 'X'"

Statements not mentioned above, connecting the performance of a product with Green Star, must be reviewed and approved by the GBCA Marketing Department.

Contact us:
GBCA Marketing Team
P: +612 8239 6200
E: marketing@gbca.org.au