The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), the non-profit organisation which is driving the shift of the commercial property and construction industry in South Africa to environmental sustainability, will be running training in Durban on 18 November.
Its hugely popular Green Star SA Accredited Professional course, a one-day programme which takes property professionals through each category and credit of the Green Star SA Environmental Rating System for buildings, will be led by GBCSA Technical Coordinator and mechanical engineer Nick Mulvany and structural engineer and green building consultant Andy Kopelowitz, from Arup. The course serves as a form of introduction as to what makes up a green building and how green building rating tools like Green Star SA work, and has proven to be very useful to all sectors of the industry, from architects, engineers and quantity surveyors, to developers, owners, managers and tenants, amongst others.
Following the course in their own time, participants have the option of writing an exam and becoming an official “Green Star SA Accredited Professional”. To date, over two thousand participants have attended the course throughout the country and over two hundred and fifty have qualified as Accredited Professionals.
With buildings consuming 40-50% of energy worldwide, green and energy-efficient building is becoming increasingly popular as a means to both alleviate energy shortages and combat global warming, whilst at the same time creating healthier and more productive spaces for people to live and work in.
KZN recently became the second province to achieve a Green Star SA certified building, with Zenprop’s Nedbank Ridgeside building being awarded a 4 Star Green Star SA Office Design v1 rating. This is the 4th Green Star SA certification to be awarded by the GBCSA and marks the trend in mainstream commercial property globally to seek objective evaluation of a project’s green claims.
The Green Star SA Accredited Professional course is validated for CPD points for engineers and architects and registration is via the GBCSA website at www.gbcsa.org.za.
For more info on the GBCSA, please visit the website or call 021-659 5990.