SA's green business sector gains momentum

Much like in the United Kingdom, where the number of “green” products available in the market increased by 73%, within the space of one year - South Africa is starting to demonstrate a similar trend – that of a steady increase in available green products and services.
It is essential to move towards sustainable green technologies and products as South Africa strives to transform into a low-carbon economy. Industry is constantly looking for new, innovative and trusted products that will satisfy the need for energy-efficiency and a lower carbon footprint.  A cradle-to-grave approach to product development and management has brought about many progressive sustainable principles, with innovation and technology driving a lot of the new features in greener products.  In many instances product designers are also looking to nature for intelligent and sustainable solutions.

Premier exhibition to showcase green products and services

The exhibition component of the 5th annual Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) Convention and Exhibition offers an unparalleled venue for responsible businesses, involved in sustainability, to showcase their services, products and innovations to a discerning network of industry professionals within the built environment.

Taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from the 23rd to the 25th of October 2012, this event has become one of the highlights on the South African property and construction industry calendar – and provides a world-class platform for knowledge sharing and peer networking centred on sustainability.

Trusted to deliver the right audience

With the green building movement fast gaining momentum in Africa it has become essential for professionals within the built environment to learn about, experience, and use products and services that represent best practice in sustainability.   “For us the value of the GBCSA Convention is that it attracts high quality delegates who have prior understanding of sustainable design principles” says, Peter Kowalski from Formfunc.

The 2012 exhibition has already reached 60% capacity in terms of bookings and year on year there is a marked increase in the sophistication and innovation in green products.
 “The quality, enthusiasm and response from this audience are a direct reflection on the growing importance that this Convention and Exhibition has to bringing global sustainability solutions to Africa” – David Fleming (WSP)

Access to international network of thought leaders

As a value-add all exhibitors receive delegate passes to the Convention 2012, with a line-up of some of the most acclaimed global thought leaders.  Amongst those confirmed for the 2012 convention is Dan Epstein, the Director of Sustainability for the 2012 London Olympics; Dr Nils Kok, an associate professor in Finance and Real Estate at Maastricht University in the Netherlands; international expert Jerry Yudelson, who has been dubbed “the Godfather of Green”; Rachel Botsman - a social innovator, who writes, consults and speaks on the power of Social Collaboration and Tristram Carfrae, considered to be a trailblazer in building design.

“The increased availability of innovative green solutions in South Africa, is really promising and certainly contributing to the increased groundswell of interest and take-up in green building. The GBCSA is committed to showcasing quality products and sustainability solutions - available right here in South Africa.  We encourage companies not to miss out on this annual, world-class opportunity to exhibit,” says Brian Wilkinson, CEO of the GBCSA.
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