Mother City to host Green Building event

The Green Building Council of SA (GBCSA) will host some of the most influential green leaders from around the globe in October 2013 in Cape Town.

At the recent World Green Building Council (WBC) Congress in Stuttgart, Germany - Cape Town was announced as the host city for next year. The Congress attracts prominent thought-leaders from over 91 Green Building Councils worldwide.

Visionary minds meet

This distinctive gathering of global and local thought-leaders will run in parallel with the highly regarded GBCSA annual convention and exhibition. The engaging programme will be designed to inspire this global network, facilitate knowledge-exchange and progress the green building agenda.  A blend of inspiring speakers will engage in public sessions with GBC members to address common challenges such as international policy and strategies.  As the local chairs of the African regional network, the GBCSA proposes an ‘Africa Day’ – envisaged to showcase the fledgling African Network of GBC’s, promote dialogue and address challenges unique to our continent.  

Honouring the pioneers

Outstanding contributions in sustainable development were also honoured at the recent WorldGBC Congress.  Nicola Milne, founding CEO of the GBCSA, received a Chairman’s accolade for her pivotal role in transforming the South African market and making the organisation a leader for the region. WorldGBC Chairman Rick Fedrizzi, who presented the awards said that “Tonight, we honour a number of exceptional leaders for their drive, their commitment and their passion for green building. They are at the forefront of the global green building movement.”

The rands and sense of green building

Nicola is also the author of the GBCSA’s imminent publication, to be launched at the IPD Conference in July, called “The Rands and Sense of Green Building - Building the Business Case for Green Commercial Buildings in South Africa”. Building on international reports, this publication unpacks the financial and social benefits of green commercial buildings to the owner, manager, developer, investor, financier and tenant in a South African context by incorporating available research and case studies of local green developments. It also examines a number of challenges and barriers to green commercial buildings in South Africa, and looks at the way forward for the industry.

CEO of the GBCSA, Brian Wilkinson describes the report as one of the most important pieces of work the council will ever do.  “Rands and Sense provides the ’boardroom’ answers to why it makes sense, listing strong economic justifications such as 25-50% lower operating costs, increased staff productivity and ’future proofing’ to name just three of the main findings. It debunks the additional construction cost myth, citing examples of major projects which showed only a marginal construction cost increase.” concludes Wilkinson


  Comment on this Article

  Please login to post comments

Post to my facebook wall
Characters remaining

    Latest Property News
    • 22 Jun 2018
      The rental market in many Johannesburg suburbs has shown encouraging signs of revival this year but it remains a competitive market and landlords who best cater to their market’s needs will reap the healthiest returns.
    • 22 Jun 2018
      Home design is constantly evolving to reflect the changing needs of society. We look at some of the ways in which our use of space is changing.
    • 22 Jun 2018
      While estate agents can help the seller with correctly pricing the property and marketing a property to the right pool of potential buyers, at the end of the day it’s the impression that the property will make on buyers that counts the most.
    • 21 Jun 2018
      Anyone who’s ever been involved in a building project that’s gone wrong will appreciate the importance of adequate insurance cover in the construction industry.
    • 21 Jun 2018
      A recent news story about a blind tenant caught in a legal battle with his body corporate over letters and notices he was unable to read and consequently comply with has raised the question: what are the legal obligations for landlords with disabled tenants?
    • 21 Jun 2018
      A trend that’s taken the world by storm in recent years is that of hygge (pronounced: hue-guh), a Danish concept that is about creating intimacy, connecting with loved ones and taking pleasure in small, ordinary things.
    • 20 Jun 2018
      Buying or selling real estate isn’t as easy as it is portrayed sometimes, especially if there is a death of a party during the transaction which can make it awkward, tricky and inconvenient.
    • 20 Jun 2018
      With interest rates remaining at historic lows and banks continuing to compete for mortgage finance business, first-time buyers with funds at their disposal are currently well-placed to gain that initial foothold on the property ladder, particularly in the light of the slightly lower growth rates currently experienced in residential property values.
    Subscribe to the MyProperty Newsletter

    Last Name  
    Email Address  
    Email Frequency
    Share this Page

    For Sale Property
    Rental Property
    More Options
    Connect with us