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Net Zero Insights Series: Part 1 - Net Zero Water

Date: 16 Jul 2024
Time: 09:00:00 until 12:00:00
Members Cost: R500.00
Non-Members Cost: R650.00
Students Cost: R500.00

This Insights Workshop aims to provide comprehensive guidance on best practices for responding to the climate crisis and conducting a thorough analysis of net zero water in the built environment

Who is this workshop for? 

Professionals working in the green building and property sectors will find this workshop valuable as a grounding to understand net zero water for buildings.

Additionally, this series serves as a potent instrument for businesses embarking on the path towards net zero, providing a framework to promote awareness throughout the organisation. 


The session will be delivered over a 3-hour online Zoom webinar.

Training Content includes

  • Unpacking the concept of net zero water. 
  • Exploring how net zero can mitigate the environmental crisis
  • Delving into net zero water pathways, strategies and technologies to reduce water demand and offset purchased potable water. 
  • Workshopping the Green Star Potable Water Calculator.
  • Exploring case studies that demonstrate design innovation around net zero water 

Participants will each receive:: 

  • Net Zero Water eBook
  • Green Star Potable Calculator 

Certificate of attendance for all participants

Presenter: André Harms - Sustainability Engineer & Founder of Ecolution Consulting

André Harms is a sustainability engineer and founder of Ecolution Consulting, a sustainability and green building consulting firm based in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa. André started the firm in 2011, after spending 14 months in Antarctica as mechanical engineer and team leader of the South African National Antarctic Expedition's overwintering team. It was there that his passion for the environment was brought face to face with the critical situation we are facing on our planet.

Since founding Ecolution, André and his team have worked on some of South Africa and Africa’s most exciting sustainable building projects, across many different industries. André is an electro-mechanical engineer by training, with extensive experience in a vast array of disciplines pertaining to design, project management, implementation oversight, energy efficiency, renewable energy, commissioning, green building certifications, and other sustainable interventions in the built environment. André also has a host of credentials, including being a qualified Renewable Energy Professional, Commissioning Process Provider, as well as a Green Star, Net Zero and EDGE Accredited Professional.


Validated by the South African Institute of Draughting (SAID) for Architects and Engineers (0.5 CPD credits)

About the Net Zero Insights Series:

The primary goal of the series is to equip participants with a foundational understanding and operational perspective on environmental sustainability in the building sector. This series is made up of four online workshops designed to offer your organisation a technical overview in order to support your journey towards a net zero future. 

The series comprises the following net zero workshop sessions: 

  1. Water
  2. Waste
  3. Ecology 
  4. Carbon

Keep an eye on GBCSA’s website for future courses, or subscribe to the GBCSA newsletter for updates. 

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