Green Building Council of South Africa receives wonderful industry support

With seven large-scale office developments pursuing formal Green Star SA certification, and the second Green Star SA tool (for Retail buildings) having been launched in April, the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) has made significant progress since its formation.

The GBCSA is now in its third year of successful operation and has experienced unprecedented support and growth in this short time.

According to Nicola Douglas, CEO of the GBCSA, the council, which opened for membership in May 2008, has reached a milestone of 606 members. In addition to this, the council now has four Platinum Founder Sponsors, four Gold Founder Sponsors and 16 Silver Founder Sponsors.

“This sponsorship has allowed us to get up and running and promote green building in the South African property industry. Our most recent Platinum sponsor is Capicol, with the other three being Growthpoint Properties, Old Mutual Investment Group Property Investments and Grome Marketing (Pty) Ltd (GROHE).” Douglas advises that the GBCSA is seeking one more Platinum sponsor.

GBCSA Gold sponsors are WSP Consulting Engineers SA, Group Five Building, Grinaker LTA and Boogertman and Partners Architects, with Vodacom recently joining the fold.

Silver sponsors include Amdec Investments Pty Ltd, Arup (Pty) Ltd, Davis Langdon Africa (Pty) Ltd, Desiccant Rotors International, Investec Property Limited, Otis (Pty) Ltd, PD Naidoo & Associates (Pty) Ltd, Perpetual Power Systems (PTY) LTD, ICI Dulux (Pty) Ltd, MTN, The Standard Electrical Company 2000, SAFAL Steel (Pty) Ltd and the Saint-Gobain Gyproc South Africa (Pty) Ltd group comprising Gyproc, Isover, Sagex and Weber Tylon.

In 2008 the GBCSA launched its educational program and to date over 1500 people have attended the Green Star SA Accredited Professional course. Over 168 of these course participants have gone on to become Accredited Professionals after writing an optional exam.

“The one-day course provides a detailed overview of the Green Star SA building rating system and provides an excellent introduction to green building. The response from the broader property industry has been overwhelming and demonstrates the thirst for green building education,” says Dougals.

“In April we offered a course on Greening Existing Buildings. The course, which was well supported, taught participants how to understand a building’s performance and green its operations and aimed to assist owners and managers in managing their buildings in a more efficient and sustainable way.”

These workshops were presented by experienced green building consultants from Green Building Services, Inc in Oregon, US – Elaine Aye and Ted Spear, who regularly run similar courses on behalf of the US Green Building Council abroad.

From a staffing perspective the GBCSA continues to grow. Recently joining the technical team are Nick Mulvaney, a mechanical engineer by training and sustainability consultant from Umowlai Australia, and Francois Retief a mechanical engineer having completed a stint in the UK, in the roles of Senior Technical Coordinator and Technical Coordinator respectively. The technical team will see a face lift later this year with Jason Buch the current Technical Manager leaving the council to explore a career in consulting. The council welcomes applicants for this position.

“The GBCSA has received wonderful support from the industry in South Africa and we wish to thank all of our members and sponsors for their backing and involvement over the last three years and going forward into the future,” concludes Douglas.

Article from: www.gbcsa.org.za