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GBCSA’s Green Star Leadership Awards marks a decade

Rising Green Star Award winner, Gregory Rice. Credit: WSP

As the annual Green Star Leadership Awards winners were announced at the GBCSA 2017 Green Building Convention in Cape Town recently, WSP – one of the multi-disciplinary engineering consultancies, scooped two awards.

WSP received a Leading Company Award while one of the company’s sustainability consultants received the Rising Green Star Award.

The engineering firm has been consulting in the green building space for over ten-years and to date has been a key driver in 44 Green Star rating certifications for 30 buildings in South Africa, and Africa.

Added to this, the company’s senior consultants, who are also Green Star Accredited Professional, have been working closing with the GBCSA since its inception and been involved in the development of a number of the Green Star rating tools that are used to rate buildings in the South African context.

These consultants have also worked with the GBCSA on undertaking local context studies of a number of other regions within Africa that the necessary rating tools can be appropriately adjusted to fit within the local context conditions.

Green Star Leadership Awards

“These accolades are a testament to the industry’s recognition of our on-going contributions to the green building and sustainability space,” said Alison Groves, Regional Director, WSP, Building Services, Africa.

The Leading Company accolade is awarded to a company, or consulting company, with the highest number of Green Star rated buildings on their credentials. The Rising Green Star accolade is awarded to an individual younger than the age of 35 and who demonstrates significant potential to be a future leader in the green building movement.

This year the accolade was awarded to Gregory Rice, sustainability consultant working within WSP’s GreenByDesign team.

The company’s Managing Director for Africa, Mathieu du Plooy, said: “[…] we’ll keep growing these capabilities in our business. And, continue to design places and cities that are smart and future proofed, as well as those that deliver complex and sustainable projects, paving the way for a future where society can thrive.”

African green building agenda

Bruce Kerswill receiving his Lifetime Achievement Award with GBCSA CEO Dorah Modise and chairman Rudolf Pienaar.

In celebration of its 10 year milestone, the council also awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award to a member who has shown outstanding commitment to the African green building agenda over the past 10 years. Read more…

Bruce Kerswill was the recipient of this award in acknowledgement of his exceptional contribution to green building globally. Kerswill was the founding executive chair of the GBCSA when it began in 2007 and continued to serve on the board until 2016. He was also a board member of the World Green Building Council from 2009 and is the immediate past chair of the WorldGBC.

Other winners

Highest Rated Building -Omake House (Project owner: FAH Properties, AP: SCE Consulting Engineering)

Best Quality submission – 34 & 36 Fricker Road (Project owner: Growthpoint Properties, AP: RHDHV)

Established Green StarFabio Venturi, Terramanzi


Read more about ‘The evolution of energy efficiency in commercial buildings’ in ESI Africa Issue 4 2017 – with contribution from GBSCA’s Executive Director: Certifications, Manfred Braune.

Babalwa Bungane
Babalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa - Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast.