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  • 52,982,000
  • 1,221,037 km2
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Green star South Africa Rating System (Green Star)

  • Location:
    South Africa

  • Type of policy:
    Provision of information

  • Implementation period:
    2008 to present

  • Title in original language:
    Green star South Africa Rating System

The Green Star South Africa rating tool is an objective measurement for green buildings with a focus on energy. Building owners have to submit the relevant building data to the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA). Afterwards, an independent assessor evaluates the building and its green measures and rates it. The building owner then receives a certification with a 4-Star, 5-Star or 6-Star rating. 4 Star means “Best practice”, 5 Star stands for “South African Excellence” and 6 Star means “World Leadership”.
Several rating tools were implemented to reflect different market sectors including a rating tool for offices, retail centres, multi-unit residential buildings as well as public & education buildings.


  • Modingoana, Kabelo (Lead author)
  • Nxumalo, Sizwe (Author)
  • Tholen, Lena (Reviewer)
  • Götz, Thomas (Reviewer)


The Green Star SA Rating System and the rating tools have been developed with the assistance and participation of representatives from many organisations. The Green Building Council of South Africa acknowledges the Green Building Council of Australia in providing their Green Star intellectual property.

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