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Leading a green recovery

At the GBCSA’s recent annual general meeting on 22 July, CEO Lisa Reynolds outlined the organisations strategy and how it aims to become more agile and responsive to the needs of members, while playing a leading role in broader sustainability discussions and projects.

As the world sets its sights on the much-needed comeback after Covid-19, there is a risk that sustainability goals are neglected. We must ensure this doesn’t happen. The risks of climate change are still as urgent as they have ever been – exacerbating economic volatility and business risks resulting from Covid-19.

South Africans will need to work incredibly hard to recover from the effects of the global pandemic. We have an unprecedented opportunity to drive a green recovery led by sustainability and green solutions. To prioritise the health of our people and planet.

The solution is to rebuild the economy in a way that mitigates climate change risks. A strategy of simultaneous solutions – a green recovery strategy.

Better buildings are a key part of this strategy.

The current crisis has done for air quality what load-shedding did for energy efficiency and droughts have done for water efficiency. Indoor air quality and health of people in buildings are firmly in the spotlight. The GBCSA’s rating tools have always had a focus on this and our members are well-placed to support this shift to healthier buildings.

There is huge job creation potential in the refurbishment of buildings to improve energy and water efficiency for operational cost savings and to improve indoor air quality for health benefits.

Building upgrades also reduce resource security risks. For example, projects where rainwater and/or greywater harvesting storage systems share water between buildings, precincts or neighbourhoods, can assist water-poor areas to alleviate future water shortage risks. This plays a role in minimising the health risk for communities where there is no easy access to clean, running water.

The green recovery goes beyond buildings and into green precincts and green communities. These must be supported by low carbon transport, e-mobility and sustainable infrastructure, which is reinforced through energy efficient manufacturing of more sustainable products and materials.

The GBCSA and its members already operate in this space and we must take advantage of the opportunities presented amid the crisis.

The GBCSA aims to be a green leader in policy and regulation discussions; to provide training and information hubs for both aspiring and existing green leaders; and networking opportunities to ensure the green agenda is promoted.

“As we emerge from lockdown, we are in for a tough time for a while, but it is an ideal time to think innovatively and drive a green recovery dealing with the persistent threat of climate change. Embrace a green recovery and help us create healthier, resource-efficient and meaningful spaces in the built environment that respond to climate-related challenges,” concluded Reynolds.

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