The Green Building Council SA leads the transformation of the South African property industry to ensure that buildings are designed, built and operated in an environmentally sustainable way.
Buildings are one of the main contributors to climate change. Building green is an opportunity to use resources efficiently and address climate change while creating healthier and more productive environments for people and communities.
Who we are
The Green Building Council SA is a level 7 BEE rated, independent, non-profit company that was formed in 2007 to lead the greening of South Africa’s commercial property sector. We provide the tools, training, knowledge and networks to promote green building practices across the country and build a national movement that will change the way the world is built.
We are one of over 95 members of the World Green Building Council alongside Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom. Green Building Council SA has developed the Green Star SA rating system and is the official certification body for Green Star SA projects. We have also recently launched EDGE, an innovative new residential green building certification programme. We are a dedicated team of industry experts working in collaboration with industry bodies, leaders, government departments and professionals to develop market-based green solutions for the South African property industry.
What we do
Our mission is to promote, encourage and facilitate green building in the South African property and construction industry through market-based solutions, focusing on:
Advocacy & Promotion
• Raising awareness of the benefits of green building.
• Supporting government to lead by example, to legislate and facilitate the adoption of green building practices.
• Recognising and rewarding industry leaders who achieve green building excellence.
• Establishing a common language and best practice standard of measurement for commercial and residential green buildings through the development of Green Star SA rating tools and the EDGE green building certification programme.
• Certifying Green Star SA and EDGE projects.
Education & Training
• Hosting the annual Green Building Convention to showcase the latest trends and innovations, delivered by international and local green building thought leaders.
• Running the Green Star SA Accredited Professional course, Commercial Interiors, Project Certification workshops and other green building events.
• Providing easy access to technical manuals, guides, research, news and case studies online and through our newsletter and social media.