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Call for volunteer technical working group members | Green Star New Build Version 2 Tool

The GBCSA is currently seeking volunteers to participate in the Technical Working Group (TWG) for the development of the Green Star – New Build Version 2 Rating Tool. The TWG is a volunteer body of industry experts in a diverse range of topics covered by the Green Star rating tools, and the group guides the process of tool development by providing input for all credits as well as overall tool focus.

There will be a separate, paid consultant to do the detailed technical development and benchmarking. Please follow the link to the GBCSA TWG Roles and Responsibilities document, which provides an overview of Green Star, the responsibilities of the TWG, the benefits and commitments required by the TWG members and the application procedure. Deadline for applications is close of business on Friday, 22 September 2017.

To express your interest in volunteering on the Green Star – New Build Version 2 Rating Tool Technical Working Group, please email with: – a brief description of why you wish to be involved (not more than 250 words), which should highlight your relevant experience and background; and – a brief (not more than two pages) curriculum vitae (CV) with the name and contact details of two (2) professional references It is expected that the TWG member selection will be finalised as soon as sponsorship is secured.

The GBCSA is still in the process of obtaining formal sponsorship for the Green Star – New Build Version 2 Tool development. Please contact if your organisation would like to consider sponsorship. The GBCSA’s purpose is to establish a built enviromentment in which people and planet can thrive.

As a key instrument to assist in the pursuit of its promise, the GBCSA uses rating tools to transform the market towards the cutting edge of sustainability.  This rating tool review and version change will be a significant evolution of the Green Star New Build Tools.

The Green Star  – New Build Version 2 rating tool is being developed for new developments and major refurbishments, and some of the major objectives are to: – raise the bar/benchmarks for the South African industry that has evolved since the first tool was launched in South Africa in 2008 (in line with other leading international rating systems such as LEED, BREEAM, Green Star Australia, etc.)  i.e. for the rating tool to continue to be at the cutting edge of sustainability; – make the certification process easier, cheaper and faster and allow smaller and more mainstream projects to achieve a Green Star rating, while not losing the robustness and the prestige of the tool at the same time

To ensure complete representation of stakeholders, within the industry, the GBCSA wishes to secure Technical Working Group Members from diverse sub-sectors of the building, property and construction sector.  All applications will be considered.

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