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Your green habits compound for nature’s gain

Green Building Council South Africa is an organisation that inspires a built environment where people and planet thrive. And one way for us to do this is to encourage better habits so that tomorrow we can all tread lighter on the environment than we did today.

So, whether at home, work or play, read through this list and adapt to a greener lifestyle.

At work

Print both sides: Change the settings on your office printer so that it prints on both sides of the page.

Sleep mode on: Standing up from your computer for more than ten minutes? Flip it to sleep mode.

Turn it off: Stepping away from your computer until tomorrow? Turn it off. Last one in the room? Turn off the lights. And if you’re the last one in the office, be sure to turn off the kitchen urn too.

Ordering catering? Support local restaurants that intentionally use food grown in a sustainable manner within a reasonable distance.

Cloth beats paper:  Use upcycled cloth wipes instead of paper towels to clean your kitchen and office furniture.

Green cleaners: Switching to sustainable cleaning products reduces air pollution (indoors and outside), reduces exposure to asthma and allergy triggers, and other chemicals that can be harmful to your health. Look for labels listing all ingredients, preferably from plant-based products.

Eco-dishwashing: After you fill the dishwasher, run it on the ‘eco’ cycle.

Recycle: Call around and see which companies will come and collect your office recyclables (think glass, paper or plastic) for free.

Park once: If driving to work try to only use the car for your daily commute, and walk or cycle to your nearby meetings.

Slow down: You burn through more (fossil) fuel to cover the same distance when driving faster, and it’s also more expensive.

Air in: Keep your tyres at the correct air pressure, your car will run more efficiently.

Air out: Replace your air filters as often as recommended. A new oxygen sensor alone can have a marked improvement on fuel economy.

At home

Get planting: We often grow our own herbs, if you can, why not grow your own vegetables? Start with a small patch and watch it grow.

Compost organic waste: You already recycle paper, plastic and tins. The next step to reducing the amount of waste you send to landfill is to compost your food and garden waste. Add these extra nutrients back into the local ecosystem, the birds and the bees will love you for it!

Increased efficiency: Benefit from technological advances and consciously purchase electrical appliances that have an energy efficiency label.

Reusable shopping bags: So many plastic bags end up clogging up our landscapes and oceans. Don’t give the bags you use the opportunity to do the same. Get some reusable bags and use them.

Reusable water bottles: The same principle applies; buy an inexpensive reusable water bottle instead of using non-biodegradable single-use plastic bottles.

Cups and straws: The cups and straws you buy do not have to pollute the environment, get those which quickly decompose once thrown away. Hint: this doesn’t include plastic or polystyrene.

Cold setting: Washing your clothes in cold water instead of hot gives you clean clothes while reducing your electricity bill.

Heat just enough: Whether you’re heating water for coffee, cooking or washing, heat the least amount of water necessary.

Collect rainwater: Never pay to water your garden or fill up your pool again.

Dripping taps: Fix them. And while you’re at it, fit low-flow faucets and shower heads.

Get great insulation: Why keep on turning up the air conditioner or underfloor heating, and the amount of coal-powered electricity you are using, when improving your insulation can give you the comfort without the cost?

Meat-free Mondays: Starting as a 2003 campaign to improve the health of people, and the health of the planet, there has never been a better time to make Monday’s meat-free.

Don’t dump, donate: When you donate an item of clothing, or furniture, besides preventing it from going to landfill, you may well prevent another item being produced, along with its associated carbon footprint.

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