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The Green Star Multi Unit Residential v1
For rating the environmental attributes of new and major refurbishments to Multi Unit Residential projects.
A multi unit residential project is defined as a development with 3 or more dwelling units, common property, shared services and infrastructure among dwellings and an applicable management entity such as a body corporate, home owners association or management operator.
Two certifications are awarded through this tool:
• Green Star – Multi Unit Residential Design at the end of the design phase. • Green Star – Multi Unit Residential As Built following construction completion.
Development types included in the Multi Unit Residential Tool:
For a full list of building types considered, please see the ‘Eligibility Criteria’.
• Apartment buildings • Blocks of flats. • Townhouses. • Detached or semi-attached single access housing developments of 3 or more dwellings – gated communities, retirement villages, golf estates. • Self-catering student accommodation and multi-family buildings which include communal kitchen/living/ablution facilities to a maximum of 9 bedrooms per kitchen/living facility.
Development types not included:
• Freehold single detached or semi-detached dwelling units with no common property or governance schemes. • Hotels and motels. • Nursing homes. • Boarding houses. • Fully catered dormitories or fully catered student accommodation.
Occupant or owner dwelling fit outs are not rated under this tool.
What is the difference between Green Star MURT and EDGE – Residential?
Edge is a much lighter, entry level certification scheme that addresses energy, water & materials whereas Green Star MURT tool is much more in depth certification scheme that addresses all 9 categories of Green Star tools.
Both are developed for multi-unit residential developments.
Once you have selected the tool and met the criteria you need to register your project via GBCSA Certification Engine. You will need to create a new profile if you do not have an existing one. Your account is valid for a 12 month period from activation to close out / final results.
In order to register the project you will need all the project and client details. A draft pro-forma invoice will then be generated and sent to the client & AP for verification. This is followed up by an official pro-forma invoice.
All further information is then channeled through the certification engine and the assigned GBCSA case manager for your project.
Once payment has been received and a signed certification agreement been uploaded to the engine, the project is considered fully registered and can be marketed as “aiming to achieve x stars”.