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Green Star Sustainable Precincts

Rating and assessing the environmental performance of precincts and neighbourhoods.

The Sustainable Precincts tool evaluates large scale development projects at a precincts / neighbourhoods scale. Unlike the other Green Star tools, the emphasis is on the site wide issues rather than building specific issues. The tool rates the planning, design and construction of a precinct only and it does not rate specific buildings or assess its operation. 

How Does this Tool Work

This tool has been developed to influence and incentivise developers to consider good design, community and environmental outcomes. Master planned developments need to use this tool early on in the development to encourage best practice. 

The categories considered in this tool are:

  • Governance
  • Livability
  • Economic Prosperity
  • Environment

Credits within the tool assist in site selection, site analysis and site layout and includes benchmarks for engaging with stakeholders in site planning. Site-wide green infrastructure (both hard and soft) works are also encouraged. It is only after these site-wide issues are addressed that individual sites and buildings are developed, and this is where the new build Green Star tools for new buildings can be used.

Development types included in this tool.

The Sustainable Precincts tool evaluates large scale development projects at a precincts / neighbourhoods scale.

  • Brownfield / redevelopment
  • Campus / business park
  • Urban Infill / Renewal
  • Greenfield

To be eligible to register for a Green Star Sustainable Precincts rating there must be a ‘Plan for Development’. Green Star Sustainable Precincts will not rate an existing precinct or neighbourhood.

Certification Fees

Project Area GLA Member Fees (Incl. 15% VAT) Non-member Fees (Incl. 15% Vat)
Base fee for all projects. R268800.00 R338900.00
Fee per square meter for every square meter above 50000sqm. R0.40 R0.55
Fee Cap R555100.00 R701200.00

*All fees are valid for 2024 and will automatically increase on 1 January 2025.

  • Base fee for all projects less than 50,000sqm will not have any additional fees.
  • Projects with more than 50,000sqm will have additional fees for the sqm that exceeds the 50,000sqm.
  • For example, the total Member fee for a project with a site area of 80 000m2 will be calculated as per the below:Base fee + Additional fee = R230 000 + ((80 000m2 – 50 0000m2 ) x 30 cents/m2) = R260 030

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