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Green Star in Africa

Supporting green building projects throughout Africa with Green Star

GBCSA can certify throughout Africa with Green Star, supporting emerging Green Building Councils across the continent. It serves as a significant touchstone for green building initiatives in Africa, promoting sustainable practices and environmental stewardship.

What is Green Star in Africa

The Green Star rating system is adapted and customised to meet the certification needs of individual African countries through this collaboration. It offers a framework for evaluating the sustainability and environmental impact of building projects across the continent. To ensure relevance, each country develops a Green Star Local Context Report, which outlines the unique climatic and environmental conditions within its borders.

How does Green Star in Africa work

Projects seeking Green Star certification in Africa must register based on the specific Green Star Local Context Report applicable to their country. These reports provide essential insights into local factors, such as climate and regional conditions, which influence the customisation of the Green Star tool for that region.Each country develops a Local Context Report in conjunction with the project AP which is then reviewed by GBCSA.. Once approved, this allows for projects within that country to be certified using the relevant Green Star SA tool, with some adaptations identified in the Local Context Report. By considering these localised factors, the certification process becomes more effective in addressing the distinct sustainability challenges and opportunities present in different African nations. This tailored approach ensures that sustainability standards are appropriately applied, fostering the adoption of green building practices throughout the continent.

Green Star Local Context Reports are available in the GBCSA Library section.

Where no report exists yet, we are able to work with that country’s Green Building Council to produce one. Reach out to us to start the process.  Local Context Reports do not incur additional GBCSA fees for approval.

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