Commercial Buildings Rating Systems

When looking for a new property to lease or invest in, ensure it has environmental credentials. Green Star and NABERS are the main rating systems to provide independent validation and certification of buildings energy efficiency and overall sustainability. The primary sustainable design tool for lifecycle assessment is eTool.

The 2008 Valuing Green report from the Green Building Council of Australia, and the Building Better Returns report from the API,  have stated that at point of sale, NABERS rated buildings of 4.5 stars and higher were achieving up to 9% increase in market value. Green Star rated buildings were achieving up to 16% higher market prices.

Green Star rating system

Green Star is a comprehensive, national, voluntary environmental rating system that evaluates the environmental design and construction of buildings and communities. The system was developed by the Green Building Council of Australia. With more than 7 million square metres of Green Star-certified space around Australia, and a further 8 million square metres of Green Star-registered space, Green Star is transforming Australia’s built environment.

Research has shown that there are real advantages for businesses operating in Green Star buildings – and these benefits extend well beyond a smaller carbon footprint.

Why should your company choose to operate from a Green Star rated building?

  • Lower operating costs
  • Productivity benefits
  • A healthier place to live and work
  • Demonstration of corporate social responsibility
  • Future proofing assets

Read more about the benefits of choosing Green Star.

NABERS Rating system

NABERS  NABERS is a national rating system that measures the environmental performance of Australian buildings, tenancies and homes. Put simply, NABERS measures the energy efficiency, water usage, waste management and indoor environment quality of a building or tenancy and its impact on the environment.

It does this by using measured and verified performance information, such as utility bills, and converting them into an easy to understand star rating scale from one to six stars. For example, a 6 star rating demonstrates market-leading performance, while a 1 star rating means the building or tenancy has considerable scope for improvement. At Green Moves, we only list properties with NABERS ratings of 4.5 stars or higher.

If you’re new to sustainability, the NABERS website will help you to understand what it measures, what it delivers and how to get started. You’ll also be able to read how others have used NABERS to advance their sustainability goals.

NABERS is managed nationally by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, on behalf of Commonwealth, state and territory governments.

Find out more about NABERS by visiting

Sustainable Design Tools: eTool LCA

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eTool LCA is a globally leading, web based, life cycle assessment software that analyses environmental and financial impacts of building designs to optimise performance. Utilised by architects, designers, engineers and developers, the software can assess and certify any project in any country across commercial, development and infrastructure sectors. Advanced software subscriptions offer comprehensive training to help professionals take their design from 3D render right through to LCA reporting and certification.

Life cycle assessment is the most comprehensive, holistic approach to the design process, allowing decision makers to compare all elements of the building – materials, assembly, operation and recycling during in the design phase.

Why choose to design with eTool LCA?

• Genuine Sustainability
• High Performance
• Low Carbon Footprint
• Energy Efficiency
• Life Cycle Costing

Find out more about eTool by visiting the eTool website by clicking here.