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The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has announced the roll-out plan for transitioning the EDGE training programme to Version 3. The roll-out, which commended on 15 February 2023 will conclude at the end of June when Version 2 of the training programme will be retired. Candidates have until the 30th of June 2023 to take the Version 2 exam. Candidates who have completed the Version 2 training, have the following options:

  • Option 1: Register to take the EDGE Expert Version 2 exam by 30 June 2023.
  • Option 2: Register or request a new eligibility ID to take EDGE Expert Version 3 exam after 30 June 2023. To pass this exam, candidates must study all relevant documents of EDGE Version 3.
  • Option 3: All candidates in the process of taking the online EDGE Expert training course Version 2 may request free access to the Version 3 course or an extension on the deadline for the EDGE Version 2 exam beyond 30 June 2023, by writing to [email protected]. However, for those taking the Version 3 training, they will have to retake the entire course to qualify for the new exam.

IFC strongly encourages all candidates to take the Version 2 exam before the deadline to avoid any delays or possibly having to retake the Version 3 training.

A Call to All EDGE Experts

You can expand your offering to the built environment industry by becoming an EDGE Auditor and multiply the number of certified EDGE buildings on the African continent.

GBCSA Academy will host a series of online EDGE Auditor workshops in 2023.  If you are an EDGE Expert looking to grow your professional portfolio this year, please submit evidence of your qualifications.

  • Certificates of higher education qualification;
  • Membership in a professional organisation and the associated code of conduct;
  • Up to date curriculum vitae, signed by the applicant;
  • Records of relevant projects;
  • Alternative evidence, which will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Email all documents to [email protected] workshop details will follow to all qualifying candidates.

To find out more about what an EDGE Auditor does, click here.

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