Aims to reduce overall energy consumption from centralised energy generation, without decreasing building functionality. This results in reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
Aims to reduce overall water used by a project, and make sure that different water needs are supplied by sensible sources, such as efficient re-use and rainwater harvesting for non-potable requirements. Reducing the use of potable water can be achieved through the design of efficient systems, rainwater collection and water reuse.
Green materials used for green buildings are sourced as locally and ethically as possible, used and re-used efficiently and have low embodied carbon, while still performing excellently as construction components.
Green Innovation writes the sustainability script of the future. This is about implementing new techniques and technologies, and reaching new heights of industry best-practice.
Green emissions control recognises that both new and existing buildings are responsible for significant contributions to climate change and pollution, through the greenhouse gases and other contaminants they release. Green emissions control seeks to reduce that contribution as much as possible, to do the least harm.
Greening is for everyone, and sustainable projects are ultimately projects that benefit people. The Socio-Economic lens for green building is about improving some element of the socio-economic conditions around, or in some way connected to a project.
Connects building users to public and mass transport easily, and supports walking, cycling and other types of movement that don’t use fossil fuels, to reduce emissions from private vehicle use.
Indoor Environment Quality (IEQ)
Encourage the well-being of the occupants through addressing heating, cooling, lighting and indoor air pollutants. They are a comfortable temperature, well-lit, with daylight where possible, and well ventilated.
Promotes the adoption of environmental principles from project inception, through design and construction, right through to the ongoing operation of the building. This also applies to the users and how they interact with the building.
Land Use & Ecology
Promote initiatives that improve or reduce the building’s impact on ecological systems and biodiversity.

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