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F-00072 - Do I need to engage a waste auditor for the Operational Waste Prescriptive Pathway?
No. In regards to the documentation requirements for Operational Waste, the GBCA confirms the following:  Performance Pathway.  The requirements Submission Guidelines should be used.  Prescriptive Pathway The GBCA confirms that it is not a requirement of this pathway that the project implement a OWMP or engage a waste auditor.  The project team may use the updated documentation requirements:  Submission Template  Site Plan and/or Architectural Plans —  highlighting all relevant areas as referenced by the WMP, and demonstrating: B.1 Separation of Waste Streams;  B.2 Dedicated Waste Storage Area; and B.3 Access to Waste Storage Area. B.1- Equipment list/schedule demonstrating that waste streams provided are met through adequate bins B.2- Calculations in regards to waste generation and bin sizing and reference to how these figures meet third party best practice guidelines e.g. The City of Sydney’s Policy for Waste Minimisation in New Developments 2005 B.3- Description of how waste collection areas adhere to best practices, as outlined within third-party best practice guidelines  The key requirement is that evidence is provided to support each claim made within the Submission Template.   
Published on Mon, 12 Nov 2018
F-00076 - Who can be considered 'head personnel' for the 'Contractor Education' Innovation Challenge?
'Head Personnel' refers to people employed by the contractor or subcontractor, who are involved in decision making and will be key to the delivery of the Green Star certification in their relevant trades. There is no requirement for Head Personnel to be office based, site based or a combination, as long as they have relevant participation in the project. There are no specific roles defined or excluded from this definition. A contractor's Sustainability Consultant may be considered Head Personnel for the purposes of this Innovation Challenge.
Published on Sat, 27 Oct 2018
F-00077 - Who can be considered a 'responsible party' to deliver training on sustainable practices and initiatives?
'Responsible Party' refers to people employed by the contractor or subcontractor, who are involved in decision making and will be key to the delivery of the Green Star certification in their relevant trades. There is no requirement for a Responsible Party to be office based, site based or a combination, as long as they have relevant participation in the project. There are no specific roles defined or excluded from this definition. A contractor's Sustainability Consultant may be considered Responsible Party for the purposes of this Innovation Challenge.
Published on Sat, 27 Oct 2018
F-00075 - Can I use the NABERS waste tool to demonstrate waste to landfill reduction?
Yes, the NABERS waste tool can be used for the Waste to Landfill Reduction through the Peer Group Comparison pathway for base buildings.  The NABERS Waste tool awards reduction of waste in comparison to an industry benchmark. At present the tool caters to Office Buildings – Base Buildings. NABERS are looking to expand the tool to Office Buildings – Whole and Retail Centres later this year. For buildings that meet these definitions, and any future definitions that NABERS produce, the NABERS Waste tool will be considered an equivalent way to target this pathway. Points for this pathway are awarded in accordance with the table below.  NABERS Waste star rating Percentage Reduction Points Awarded 2 to 3 stars 18-39% 1 3.5 to 4.5 stars 40-59% 2 5 to 6 stars 60% and above 3 The percentage reduction is lower than in the standard peer group benchmark pathway. This is to encourage and reward uptake of the NABERS tool. It also acknowledges the benefits of external verification which include transparency and the contribution to ongoing industry data collection.The GBCA reserves the right to review these benchmarks in future as use of the NABERS waste tool becomes more widespread and NABERS updates the benchmarking data.
Published on Fri, 26 Oct 2018
F-00074 - Does plant density in green roofs and vertical gardens affect the ecological value credit?
No, plant density is irrelevant to the calculation performed by the Ecological Value calculator. The credit recognises the surface area of the soil/substrate in which the plants are rooted, not the total area covered by the plant foliage, nor the plant density.
Published on Wed, 10 Oct 2018
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