Green Star uses a National Construction Code (NCC) compliant version of the proposed building as a benchmark, which has a potential to reward large car parks and low functionality design elements.

Life Cycle Design uses a common benchmark for the specific building function and provides an opportunity to increase functionality before improving building efficiency.

Example: If a design has large common areas (lobby, corridors, amenities) and the primary function of the building is not optimised (net lettable area in commercial buildings for example), then comparing the performance against a code compliant version of the same building will limit the opportunity to increase its functionality.

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