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GBCSA welcomes Lisa Reynolds as new CEO

The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) is delighted to announce the appointment of sustainability expert Lisa Reynolds as CEO from 1 June 2020.

Reynolds’ is a long-time champion of sustainable, green building practices. Beyond her qualifications, which include a BSc (Chemistry), CEM and an MBA, Reynolds was co-founder of the Green Building Design Group, the Sustainability Development Executive at Saint-Gobain and Chair of the SANS Energy Efficiency Standards in Buildings initiative.

With the aim of increasing her direct contribution to the growth of the Green Economy Reynolds was President of the Southern African Energy Efficiency Confederation and is the serving Past President.

Reynolds has a proven track record with GBCSA, which includes serving on the first Technical Working Group for the Green Star SA rating tool, as well as on the Board of Directors. She will be responsible for re-energising and positioning the organisation for a sustainable future in uncertain times.

As the current crisis compels humanity to reconsider how we all connect and interact with one another and the planet, our impact, more than ever, must be calculated and considered. All responsible citizens need to maintain their focus to rethink and respond to climate-related changes in the built environment.

The GBCSA’s rating tools provide a fundamental platform to measure and reduce the environmental impact of buildings and, steered by Reynolds, we are confident that our agenda will be more relevant than ever.

“In this time of COVID-19, as we emerge from lockdown, we must establish a strategy of green recovery and local value-added solutions. The effect of climate change remains one of our biggest challenges. Healthier, resource efficient buildings and places are vital,” says Reynolds.

“The Board welcomes Lisa to her role as CEO and is excited for her leadership during this next chapter for the GBCSA, with this high-profile appointment signalling the importance of sustainable building practices in South Africa,” says Ilse Swanepoel, GBCSA Chairperson.

The GBCSA was founded in 2007 as part of a global network of Green Building Councils and champions the application of green building principles and practices in SA’s property sector to inspire a built environment where people and planet thrive.

GBCSA is a major force in the fight against climate change by championing radical reductions in energy and water use and promoting the use of renewable resources. The result is buildings that are more efficient and that have a significantly reduced impact on precious natural resources.

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 
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