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Green Building Council South Africa – A turnaround year

Green Building Council South Africa: Celebrating a turnaround year.

It is with great pleasure that the GBCSA announces the release of its Integrated Annual Report 2018. In the opening foreword, Chair Nkosinathi Manzana states that the GBCSA is now positioned more strongly than ever to lead the green building movement in South Africa and beyond. “Indeed, we are now recognised as the fastest-growing member of the World Green Building Council, and last year we passed another important milestone with our 400th certification – a big win.”

Manzana adds that it’s important to acknowledge that this position of strength has been arrived at after a comprehensive turnaround programme that was started in 2017. Thanking CEO Dorah Modise for the exemplary leadership and dedication that she displayed during a challenging time, he notes: “Bringing a loss-making non-profit organisation back into the black in such a short time is an outstanding achievement that deserves recognition.”

Doubled attendance at Green Building Convention

Modise is quick to attribute credit to the hard-working men and women within GBCSA and all the stakeholders who lead and support them. The report details the highlights for the year, with Modise and Manzana both expressing the success of the 11th Green Building Convention in Cape Town in October 2018. “Backed by a tireless and passionate organising committee, we produced a rich programme that distinguished GBCSA from other players in the South African property sector, by inspiring delegates with innovative insights and practical guidance on turning the principles of green building into green buildings,” says Modise. The event attracted 740 delegates – more than double the 2017 total.

Another positive achievement noted in the report is the growing strength of relationship with the government at national, provincial and local level. “Winning the hearts, minds – and buy-in – of policy makers at all levels has been top of GBCSA’s priority list for many years, and it is immensely encouraging that our message is now gaining traction among legislators in a big way,” says Modise. In 2018 the Department of Public Works (DPW) launched its Green Building Policy; a strong indication that SA’s public sector – the country’s largest property owner – is now fully committed to transforming its buildings. Linked to this, the GBCSA trained over 200 officials from different DPW offices across the country.

Transformative tools and ideas

In 2018, the GBCSA launched their official publication, +Impact (Positive Impact), a print and digital magazine celebrating the work of members, with an emphasis on the tools and ideas that they are using to transform South Africa’s built environment.

In addition to detailing further achievements and milestones, the report provides an overview of the residential, commercial and public sector, case studies on some of the organisation’s highest rated green-star buildings of 2018 and summarised annual financials.

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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.

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Building Contractors

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Building Product Manufacturers & Distributors

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Related Interests: Utilities, Financial, Insurance, etc.

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