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Our Work

Our knowledge share and partnerships lay the critical foundations for the green economy

While our primary focus lies in certifying green buildings and projects, we are equally dedicated to fostering a culture of understanding and accessibility surrounding green technologies and practices. Beyond our certification initiatives, we engage in extensive research and advocate for policies that pave the way for a sustainable social ecosystem. In this ecosystem, government, businesses, and civil society unite as allies in the journey towards green building excellence.

Through deliberate and meaningful partnerships, we expand our knowledge base and extend the wealth of information about green techniques and technologies. We collaborate with technical experts, dedicated members, stakeholders, government bodies, and organisations that share our values and embrace our vision. Our role extends far beyond certification; we are change makers, empowering individuals and entities to make informed decisions, drive change, generate innovation and collectively contribute to a greener, more sustainable built environment.

Key Collaborative Partners

GIZ, Divercity, ARG, University of Pretoria, MSCI, Association of SA Quantity Surveyors, Carbon Trust, World Green Building Council

Key Impact Areas

We uphold the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the essential framework for global sustainability. These goals serve as a guiding thread interwoven into all our endeavours, with a particular focus on advocacy and knowledge generation.

Specifically, we collaborate extensively with:
SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy
SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities
SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production
SDG 13: Climate action

However, the influence of green buildings extends far beyond, effectively supporting several other SDGs:
SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being
SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
SDG 9: Industry Innovation and Infrastructure
SDG 15: Life on Land
SDG 17: Partnerships and Goals

Learn more about the UN SDG’s and the built environment

We strive to shape a built environment that not only yields economic benefits but also  contributes positively to society and the planet. Recognising the pivotal role of ESG factors in shaping sustainable, resilient, and socially responsible developments, we actively champion their integration. We work towards embedding ESG considerations into the decision-making processes of organisations in the property and construction sectors.

Our efforts encompass:

  • Raising awareness
  • Offering guidance
  • Promoting the adoption of ESG principles, including environmental stewardship, social equity, and transparent governance


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A circular economy is one where practices and products are designed to use resources as efficiently as possible, and convert non-productive outputs from one process to the inputs for another, a closed loop focused on maximising efficiency and eliminating excess.

At the forefront of sustainability, we champion the principles of a circular economy. In this transformative approach, our focus is on designing practices and products that optimise resource usage and seamlessly convert non-productive outputs into valuable inputs for other processes. 

We are a leading advocate for promoting sustainable resource management practices within the built environment. For instance, our Net Zero building rating tool, linked here, actively endorses circular principles such as resource efficiency, waste reduction, and responsible material utilisation. 

Learn more about the Circular Economy

Explore the Circular Built Environment Playbook 

Advocacy and Partnerships

Unlocking change through collaborations

We actively collaborate with diverse stakeholders to foster a built environment that supports both people and the planet. Our advocacy efforts take various forms, from providing platforms for learning and knowledge sharing to offering training, technical solutions, and facilitating impactful conversations.

Public Sector Engagement

Through partnerships with government stakeholders at national, provincial, and local levels, we share our expertise, contribute to and help shape policies that create an enabling environment where green buildings are the standard.

Our support aligns with the Paris Agreement, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and the Just Transition framework, all critical for mitigating climate change and creating a sustainable, equitable future. Green buildings play a pivotal role in the just transition by developing essential skills and generating green jobs within the construction industry, a cause we champion through partnerships with government institutions.

"The DPW Western Cape was the first government department that trained an AP team internally and certified their own building, with training and mentorship support from GBCSA. This was a wonderful first for government and something we are now working on with other government organisations."
Shaundre Abrahams
Lisa Reynolds

Student Programmes

Young talents at tertiary institutions, in learnerships, or apprenticeship programmes represent the future of the green construction industry. GBCSA empowers students in their green journey through various avenues: 

The GrowthPoint GBCSA Greenovate Student Awards

GBCSA Academy student programmes, which offer green skills development, specially tailored to students at tertiary institutions. Reach out to GBCSA Academy for more.

Our in-house research team supports students and academics at all levels, providing information and bridging research gaps in green construction, finance, and practices. 

World GBC Africa Regional Network

GBCSA has played a pivotal role in the initiation of the Africa Manifesto, outlining essential actions required from policymakers and businesses throughout the continent to achieve our vision for Africa.

Other areas of impact

Education & training
Through GBCSA Academy we supporting professional development and skills development in green building.

Throughout the year the we hold events which include the unmissable Annual Convention, monthly Planet Shaper and networking events, building tours and more. 

+Impact Magazine
Explore the latest issue of GBCSA’s official publication that spotlights exciting projects, gives insight into key green topics and showcases green achievements and thinking.

Knowledge Share

Sharing knowledge to empower decision-makers 

Good decisions rely on solid data. At GBCSA, our core value is to generate, advocate, and widely share high-quality data as broadly and accessibly as possible, fuelling informed choices that accelerate green transformations.

In our knowledge library you’ll find various forms of research available 

All of it is relevant, insightful and exciting. We invite you to delve into our knowledge-sharing platform. If you can’t find particular topics, or wish to contribute, please contact our research team. 

What sort of research will you find here? 

Current research initiatives

MSCA SA Green Annual Property Index

Financial performance of certified green buildings, year on year. Tracking the investment case for certified green buildings in the commercial property sector.

Access the report | Read more about the report

EPC Support for South African Buildings

A partnership with the Carbon Trust, supported by the UK PACT Programme. We're empowering South African building owners and SMEs to implement Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), a crucial step towards achieving net-zero goals for existing buildings.

Read more

The Cost of Green Report

Revealing the declining costs of constructing green buildings efficiently. This report is a collaboration with the University of Pretoria and the ASAQS.

Access the report

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