Over the last 12 months, APHA has been working closely with the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) to understand the opportunities to improve comfort, health, energy efficiency and quality of the built environment. With shared value in mind, the two organisations have now signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate and achieve these outcomes across the sector.
Buildings seeking Passive House Certification can now utilise the integrated pathway in Green Star Design & As Built v1.2, due out in June 2017, to demonstrate equivalency or exceeding requirements across diverse areas, including greenhouse gas emissions, peak energy demand reduction, indoor air quality and thermal comfort.
As a result of this alignment, and with a view to simplifying a dual certification process, we can now announce that up to 30 points can now be obtained for an independent pathway, aligning to the similar crosswalk pathways of the WELL Building Standard and the Living Building Challenge.
For those looking to get to grips with this new opportunity, or download a copy of the Passive House Crosswalk, it is now available for free. Also, for those wishing to get more involved in Passive House, make sure you check out our upcoming masterclasses and training events.