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Green Star FAQs

FAQ F-00229
Do projects only have to demonstrate compliance with one of the pathways under 18B.5 Fire Protection System Test Water?

Yes. The GBCA clarifies that the wording as per Design & As Built v1.3 is correct and that project teams may target one (1) point under 18B.5 Fire Protection System Test Water by demonstrating that one of the following conditions is met:

  • The fire protection system does not expel water for testing;
  • The fire protection system includes temporary storage for 80% of the routine fire protection system test water and maintenance drain-downs for reuse on-site calculated on the basis that any single zone is drained down annually; or
  • If sprinkler systems are installed, each floor must be fitted with isolation valves or shut-off points for system-by-system testing.

It is recognised that earlier versions of the rating tool implied that more than one of the compliance pathways was required however this has since been rectified.

Rating Tools

This FAQ is related to the following Rating Tools, Categories or Credits:

  • Green Star - Design & As Built v1 / Water
  • Green Star - Design & As Built v1.1 / Water
  • Green Star - Design & As Built v1.2 / Water
  • Green Star - Design & As Built v1.3 / Water


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