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If you have a commitment to sustainability and participate in the transformation of our local built environment, you are already aligned to the Green Building Council South Africa.

As an established membership-based organisation our strength is enabling members collectively champion the green building cause and accelerate the development and adoption of best practices.

Increasing your personal and company profile through the GBCSA member network is one benefit, along with discounts on training and certification, access to regular networking opportunities and knowledge-sharing.

The GBCSA is a community which includes the entire value chain connected to the built environment. As the golden thread between manufacturers and suppliers to developers and tenants we work together to build green, and not just because it is the right thing to do to enable environmental transformation and social gains. Also to achieve economic impact with accelerated property values, reduced operational costs, higher rentals and, more importantly, tenants who are able to provide a more comfortable, healthier and more productive space for their staff.

In South Africa the so-called green premium, or the extra average project cost of adopting green building practices, reduced from 5.2% in 2009 – 2014, to 3.5% in 2015 – 2018 – and this in an environment where higher levels of certification, from 4 Star to 5 and 6 Star has resulted in a progressive increase in this premium.

It is clear that the green cost premium appears to be progressively diminishing over time largely as a result of a growing maturity in the green industry. The momentum built up by GBCSA members has pushed practices that were once considered expensive nice-to-have fringe benefits into the mainstream.

The GBCSA provides a global platform through the 70-country member World Green Building Council, for developing your business and being exposed to the most current innovative building practices. It also provides access to industry leadership and significant discounts on GBCSA events – including the annual GBCSA Convention – as well as GBCSA certification and professional accreditation opportunities.

“The GBCSA’s annual convention is always excellent and provides networking and access to key industry players under one roof. For me, more than the business benefit, GBCSA membership is the opportunity to be associated with other organisations that are in line with our own values as Pentafloor, which manufactures, supplies and fits a cradle to cradle certified flooring product,” says Larry Shakinovsky.

Likewise Stefanie Titus of MOSO, which supplies bamboo for a wide range of building uses, says it is important to both support greener built environments and align the company in this market as one that supplies sustainable goods for those environment. “Beyond building the brand, I benefit as an individual through access to networking opportunities, and getting insight into a wider scope of industry beyond my niche,” she says

The GBCSA encourage those thinking about membership to consider local wisdom that says if you want to go further, you go together. It is likely that many organisations share our commitment to do right by our environment and industry, there has never been a better time to join hands with us and for us all to go further together.

Find out how to become a member, we look forward to hearing from you:

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