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FAQ F-00239
Is a shorter contract term acceptable for the Accredited GreenPower/Off-Site Renewables criteria in Energy?

Yes, projects may use shorter contract terms to target the Accredited GreenPower/Off-site Renewables criteria within the Greenhouse Gas Emissions credit or the Renewable Electricity and Renewable Energy criteria under the Energy source credit, on the condition that the shortest contract length must either be: 

  • Three (3) years, or 
  • One (1) year, where the building (Green Star - Design & As-Built or Green Star Buildings) is owned and managed by an entity that has signed to the Global Commitment for Net Zero Carbon Buildings managed by WorldGBC. Other commitments may be acceptable through a Technical Question; or 
  • One (1) year, where the fitout (Green Star - Interiors) owner has made a public commitment to procure 100% renewable energy for all its operations.

Note that the contract can be part of a corporate power purchasing agreement for a building/fitout portfolio.

Refer to the Climate positive buildings and our net zero ambitions document for more information on suitable options recognised by Green Star. 

Documentation Requirements:

Please provide the following in your submission:

  • Signed PPA including extracts on the length of contract.
  • Evidence that the PPA covers 100% of electricity or energy.
  • Public commitment to the Global Commitment for Net Zero Carbon Buildings managed by the WorldGBC. 
  • All other documentation requirements are as per the submission guidelines. 
  • A copy of this response.




Rating Tools

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

  • Green Star - Design & As Built v1 / Energy
  • Green Star - Design & As Built v1.1 / Energy
  • Green Star - Design & As Built v1.2 / Energy
  • Green Star - Design & As Built v1.3 / Energy / 15.A.10 Off-site Renewables
  • Green Star - Design & As Built v1.3 / Energy / 15.B.2.10 Off-site Renewables
  • Green Star - Design & As Built v1.3 / Energy / 15.E.3 Off-site Renewables
  • Green Star - Design & As Built v1.3 / Energy / 15.H.10 Off-site Renewables
  • Green Star - Interiors v1 / Energy
  • Green Star - Interiors v1.1 / Energy
  • Green Star - Interiors v1.2 / Energy
  • Green Star - Interiors v1.3 / Energy / 16.A.7 Off-site Renewables
  • Green Star - Interiors v1.3 / Energy / 16.B.6 Off-site Renewables
  • Green Star - Interiors v1.3 / Energy / 16.C.2 Off-site Renewables
  • Green Star - Interiors v1.3 / Energy / 16.D.2 Off-site Renewables
  • Green Star - Railway Stations v1.1 / Energy / 19.A.10 Off-site Renewables
  • Green Star - Railway Stations v1.1 / Energy / 19.B.3 Off-Site Renewables
  • Green Star Buildings v1 / Positive / 23 Energy Source
  • Green Star Buildings v1 / Positive / 0.SSC.02 Tenant Energy Source
  • Green Star Buildings v1.0 / Positive / 23 Energy Source
  • Green Star Buildings v1.0 / Positive / 0.SSC.02 Tenant Energy Source


Disclaimer

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  • provided as additional technical assistance for Green Star users.
  • optional and free to use on Green Star projects.

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