GBCSA celebrates 600 Green Star certifications at recent convention

The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) has achieved the significant 600-mark in Green Star certifications.

Announced during the organisation’s recent first-ever
virtual Green Building Convention, GBCSA CEO Lisa Reynolds thanked everyone who
supported the organization in reaching this milestone. “It has been an
amazing journey … this milestone is indicative of the growing momentum of green
building in South Africa and a commercial property sector committed to

Reflecting on the past year, Reynolds shared some of the
GBCSA’s highlights including taking all training online, the release of the ‘Getting
to Zero’ guideline and the ‘Safe Return to Work’ guideline that will be
launched this month.

Looking ahead at 2021, GBCSA is refining our member value proposition. We want to ensure that we offer our members maximum value while demonstrating how important they are to GBCSA and our vision to transition to a sustainable built environment” she said. 

The GBCSA has decided not to increase membership fees
for 2021. “We have all had a tough year and we want to honour the commitment
our members have made to us despite these difficult times

Virtulab, the creators and
innovators behind the Virtuworx virtual platform will assist the GBCSA to
develop a virtual campus in 2021 which will be open to all GBCSA members and it
will enable the local green building community to connect virtually throughout
the year.

During the closing plenary,
outgoing chair, Ilse Swanepoel officially handed over the reins to incoming
chair, Giles Pendleton by virtually handing over the ceremonial knobkerrie to
him. Pendleton is the Chief Development Office at Attacq, and he has over
twenty-three years’ global experience in commercial property development in public
and private sector businesses.

Another important highlight was the GBCSA’s annual awards. The criteria for qualifying green projects are based on submissions gathered during the GBCSA’s Green Star certification process and the strength of each submission. Individuals are nominated by the industry and their Green Star engagement is also taken into consideration.

For the ‘Highest Rated Building’, Old
Mutual Mutual Park in Cape Town was awarded the ‘6 Star, Green Star – Existing Building
Performance v1’ rating. The runner up was FormFunc’s Head Office in
Johannesburg which received a ‘6-Star, Green Star – Interiors v1’ rating.

Joint winners, Nicol Grove (Saatchi & Saatchi, Johannesburg) and the Woodlands Office Park Buildings 1 to 8 (Johannesburg) each received a ‘4 Star, Green Star – Existing Building Performance v1’ rating in the ‘Best Quality Submission’ category. The runner up in this category was 82 Maude in Johannesburg.

Francois Retief from Sow&Reap won the Established
Green Star award alongside runner up, Yovka Raytcheva-Schaap from Zutari.

Rising Green Star winner, Catherine Luyt
from Ecolution shared the virtual stage with runner up, Hlolo Manthose from WSP.

In conclusion, the Non-Standard Awards:
Net Zero boasted winner Hotel Nieu – First Level 2 carbon (modelled) as well as
Net Positive (Zendrè Compion, Solid Green&
founded by Anthony Fitzhenry & Paul Boshoff) with runners up, House Balwin
Ragaven – First Level 1 waste (measured) Net Positive waste (Marc Sherratt,
building owner – Dr Laurel Balwin Ragaven).

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