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Robust GBCSA gears up for next step

In 2020 and beyond the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) is looking to increase its remarkable 13-year impact in South Africa.

By tying climate change mitigation efforts to positively impact all of South African society the GBCSA, a member of the World Green Building Council, is playing an increasingly influential role in our nation.

GBCSA board appoint interim CEO
CEO Dorah Modise is completing a phased exit plan and handover to GBCSA Board Transition committee. Applicants are currently being shortlisted.

The GBCSA Board Transition committee has appointed Pardon Mutasa as acting General Manager for this period with GBCSA founder, Bruce Kerswill, stepping up to provide additional leadership support.

GBCSA gearing up for a new chapter
During Dorah’s leadership, GBCSA certified projects, including Green Star, EDGE and Net Zero certifications, grew from 230 projects to 520 projects. And the organisation has moved from a BEE level 8 in 2016 to a level 4 with a target of level 1 during the next two years, as well as becoming a council member of the property sector charter council.

Through the assistance of JP Morgan she has overseen the training and integration of more than 90 SMMEs into the green building space, increasing the pool of green building providers in the market.

Dorah’s legacy of proactivity can be seen in the GBCSA sound financial footing, staffed by a team of experienced and technically skilled individuals who are passionate to continue transforming South Africa’s built environment.

Future GBCSA operations, based from one location will reduce building, transport and other related environmental impacts of the organisation. This point served as a key motivator for the decision to consolidate to a Cape Town-based office. GBCSA assures members and stakeholders that our board, management and various teams are well equipped to fulfill their different mandated responsibilities, and are preparing well to hit the ground running in Cape Town.

For more information please contact: [email protected] or call our switchboard: 021 486 7900.

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