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Businesses benefit by aligning themselves with green building movement

If your company touches on the built environment sector then taking advantage of continuing professional development with the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) is to be seriously considered.

The GBCSA is on a mission to inspire a built environment in which people and planet thrive, and it has equipped its training and education team to sharpen the competitive edge of all who participate in its courses. These courses have been readily taken up by professionals involved in meeting growing market demand for green building skills.
Throughout the past decade it has established itself as the most credible green building advocacy and training organisation in South Africa and today provides focused training to enable industry professionals to become accredited in one or more green building rating tools.

The accredited professional (AP) qualification covers the full value chain of the built environment, and will enable APs to guide project teams in the design and certification of Green Star projects. These are linked with existing building, new buildings, the interiors of those buildings and the precincts that surround them. Professionals who want to be accredited to facilitate both Net Zero and Net Positive buildings, which able to support their designed use without relying on municipal services, are able to study towards these qualifications. The EDGE training programme, focusing on Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies, is also administered and very popular with those in the residential sector.

Registered APs on staff are able to guide project teams in the design and certification of Green Star projects, which are quickly becoming the norm, as well as be recognised as professionals with a greater understanding of environmental issues related to the built environment and property industry.

GBCSA APs have the opportunity to build up experience and a network of green building professionals, whose niche skills are increasingly being called upon for development projects, whether or not the project is GBCSA-certified.
Training as a GBCSA AP gives yourself and colleagues not only the opportunity to be involved in the industry-wide momentum towards Green Star Africa certifications, but also contributes towards experience and building a professional network with the types of skills applicable to sustainable development.

Both employers and employees benefit from continuing professional development. GBCSA training and Green Star accreditation will help to:
• Focus your knowledge and abilities on the green building sector.
• Give a competitive edge to your services.
• Help you maintain professional standard registrations and qualifications.
• Understand innovative best practices and changing regulations and so develop more confidence in your role.
• Expose your company to new ideas and break out of the same old social and business networking circles.
• Fuel a professional and personal passion for a more sustainable approach to life and work.

The increasing costs of developing and maintaining buildings pushes the sector to take advantage of the resource efficiencies which green building affords. Management and employee training in GBCSA-accredited courses are excellent ways to sharpen your company’s value offering and remain relevant in this quickly-adapting economic environment.
Visit the GBCSA education and training page for more details:

Individual Membership

Designed for professionals acting in their individual capacity, including single consultant-businesses.

Organisational Membership

Ideal for companies, government departments, and organisations.

  • Total Employees: 1 - 5 Employees - R 4080.00
  • Total Employees: 6 - 20 Employees - R 12570.00
  • Total Employees: 21 - 50 Employees - R 24690.00
  • Total Employees: 51 Plus Employees - R 43840.00

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


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