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your space
matter

Welcome to the Green Building Council South Africa

where every space becomes a catalyst for positive change. 

At GBCSA we believe spaces are the tools of change, shaping sustainable futures. That’s because, from affordable housing to platinum-grade offices, spaces are created, occupied, and improved by people. Sustainable spaces are the point of departure for all of us to create, occupy and improve a future where people and planet thrive.

Our impact

Since our establishment in 2007, we have changed the trajectory of over 1 000 buildings, and empowered over 2 700 professionals with green building qualifications. We’re not only helping to drive and shape a more sustainable built environment, we’re empowering a workforce with skills for the green economy.

Buildings
certified by 

GBCSA

1 023

Green building
qualifications 

awarded

2 700

CO₂ saved
through green 

buildings annually

1 590

million kg

Energy saved 

through green 

buildings annually

1 320

million KWH

What we do

We lead the transformation of the South African built environment towards sustainability.

We empower and inspire everyone to shape spaces that matter. From a single individual to the largest property development company, we have structures of engagement to support everyone on their journey towards a future of sustainable spaces.

Driving change, shaping policies
We’re not here to talk about change; we’re here to make it. By working with government to support environmentally responsible building policy, we lay the foundation for a greener tomorrow.
Community and collaboration
Our active member network is a vibrant hub of like-minded individuals and organisations, whom we support to engage, connect, and celebrate the positive impacts they are busy creating.
Education for empowerment
Through our comprehensive educational resources and offerings, we equip you with the skills to champion sustainability in your sphere of influence.
Certification for excellence
We set the green standard. Our universe of green certification tools can provide verification and clarity on the green credentials of different buildings, at different scales, scopes and stages of life. We have the specific green solution that your project is seeking.
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  • GBCSA Insights - Net Zero: Part 1 - Net Zero Water

    14 Jun 2024 Workshop Online
    Time: 09:00:00 until 12:00:00

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Join us in leading the green building transformation

Become a GBCSA member and join a community at the forefront of the built environment transformation in South Africa. Members also benefit from exclusive opportunities and savings.

Lisa Reynolds

Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director

Lisa Reynolds is the CEO of the Green Building Council South Africa.

Lisa was the driver for the drafting of Energy Efficiency Standards and Regulations for Buildings and has been involved in Energy Efficiency since 2003. She serves on many committees in the SABS and within the energy management professionals’ space. She was President of the SAEEC from 2016 to 2019 and was the previous President of the ESCo (Energy Services Companies) Association. Lisa was instrumental in the formation of SAFEE (Southern African Females in Energy Efficiency) within SAEEC.

She has assisted the South African Government with its Green Building Framework policies, Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives and Energy Efficiency Strategies

Her passion for the “Green space” started with the birth of the Green Building Council in 2007. Lisa served on the Board and the Technical Committee of the GBCSA, as well as on several Technical Working Groups for Rating Tools and Criteria. Lisa. became CEO in June 2020.

Lisa has a BSc, an MBA and a CEM. Lisa’s awards include the 2007 ETA Award for Women, 2008 Individual Energy (SAEE), 2012 SABS Standards Writer Award; the 2014 Women in Energy (SAWIEN); and the 2016 Ian Lane Hall of Fame award.

Lisa is committed to growing the Green Economy within a Green Recovery.

Organisational categories

As an organisational member, you will fall into one of the below categories, and be charged according to specific size indicators. Please reach out to us for any further clarity on which category is best for your organisation

Property Developers

Annual Turnover

Investors, Owners, Property Managers

Total Asset Value

Major Corporate Tenants & Retail

Annual Gross Rentals

Building Contractors

Annual Turnover

Building Product Manufacturers & Distributors

Annual Turnover

Professional Services: Architects, Designers, Engineers, Quantity Surveyors, PM’s, Consultants, Legal

Number of employees

Research, Higher Education, NGO’S & Regulators

NGO or Research/Higher Education/ Regulators

Related Interests: Utilities, Financial, Insurance, etc.

Annual Turnover

Government

Local/ municipal/ provincial/ state 
Contact GBCSA to confirm your category