A component of the Green Building Council of Australia’s Future Homes Strategy, the Standard is a primary tenet meant to impel change in the residential sector to develop a market for more healthful and strongly built energy efficient residences.
GBCA CEO Davina Rooney asserts that the Standard will establish a whole new measure for ecoconscious building. To attain Green Star certification, residences will require double glazed windows and doors, air filtration and LED lighting, substantial access to natural light in living space and bedrooms, enough renewable energy generation to facilitate the house’s operations and no fossil fuel use, said Rooney.
The Standard is being created as a joint effort of industry, consumers, builders, banks, investors and insurers to guarantee that it is fit for purpose.
To accomplish widescale change, the Standard is geared toward volume home builders and large-scale residential developers, who have expressed substantial support for the plan.
Stockland, Mirvac, Metricon and Rawson Homes, along with Chatham Homes, Passive House, Landcom and Development Victoria all have committed to acting as pilots for the new draft Standard by way of the early access program.
The Standard empowers builders to be certified for a whole standard home product line such as Green Star Designed. Built homes that undergo related tests and comply with Standard guidelines will be Green Star Certified.
Rooney states that the Standard is concentrated on promoting a happy and healthful future for Australia through the building of more resilient homes—with the added benefits of decreasing energy bills and meeting the country’s emissions reduction commitments; working toward the overall goal of creating more sustainable and interconnected communities.
Green Star Homes will become a national standard that assesses and certifies a residence, in much the same way that Green Star certification has in the past rated office, retail and industrial.
Ultimately, Green Star-rated office buildings guarantee a ‘green premium’ at the time of sale, higher net incomes and substantially lower vacancy rates.
Under this program, Green Star Homes certified homes must be healthful and ventilated, resistant to mould and pollutants, be built with non-toxic materials, and have good lighting installed. The houses must be resistant to the effects of natural disasters like flooding and bushfires.
Green Star Certified homes must be net zero energy, airtight, and not reliant on gas. All appliances used must possess a minimum 4-star energy efficiency rating; solar systems must be battery ready, with windows factory built double glazed IGU (Insulated Glass Units).
All in all, the Green Star Certification program will render homes—and the Australian built environment—more livable and sustainable.