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Work as a GBCSA Accredited Professional

There is no doubt, the green building sector is maturing.

In the years prior to 2016 the Green Building in South Africa: Guide to Costs and Trends Report found the cost of building green, over and above the convention cost of construction, averaged 5.0%. In 2019 the updated report found the cost premium of a four star Green Star building averages 1.1%, while buildings with a five-star and higher rating range to only 3.8%, and it is decreasing rapidly.

Today there are more than 500 certified Green Star certified buildings and counting.

Tier approach to assist Accredited Professionals

To compliment this demand the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) has made the manner in which sector professionals are accredited more transparent with a three-tier system.

The tiers are:

  • Accredited Professional Candidate (APc) for students and those in the early stages of their careers;
  • Accredited Professional (AP) and;
  • Accredited Professional Practitioner (AP+) for those who are very active and engaged with the industry.

The GBCSA is aware that to keep encouraging the growth of the sector, there is an opportunity to encourage the professionalism of it. This small step is intended to add growth towards the green building value chain, as well as the quality and quantity of output required as projects, and their environmental significance become more important to South Africa’s context.

Recognised sustainable professionals needed to build green

As the average temperature of South Africa is expected to increase 3˚C higher than the global average, and it is affected by other global economic pressures of a changing climate, there is a significant opportunity to for construction projects, and building operations, to reflect our changing reality.

As the number of Green Star certified buildings and projects increase, so will role of the AP as the standards and certifications are reliant on an AP’s nuanced understanding of green design principles, the Green Star or Net Zero certification systems, and the facilitation of this certification.

Find out how GBCSA-linked education and training will assist you and your time to offer these services.

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