Green Star Certified Discovery Building
Interior of Green Star certified 1 Discovery Place. Image: GBCSA.

A record number of green building certificates have been awarded with a total of 140 South African buildings being certified over the past year. This number shows the growing momentum of green building.

The announcement was made during the GBCSA’s flagship Green Building Convention, held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).

CEO of GBCSA, Lisa Reynolds: “Certified green buildings held their own as far as vacancy and return rates go over the past year. Property owners, tenants and investors are now insisting on better, certified green buildings as the environmental and financial benefits of these become indisputable. To date, the GBCSA has certified 740 buildings since 2009.”

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Reynolds said that the 140 certifications during a challenging COVID-19 year was significant and spoke to a growing green building movement. She also commended the built environment community for driving the movement, saying “we do the certifications, but you make the commitment.”

The impact of 740 green building certifications. Image provided by GBCSA.

The Green Building Convention hosted keynote international and local keynote speakers, including Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi whose “African Water Cities” have garnered him worldwide acclaim; Dutch bio-designer Teresa van Dongen who shared the ground-breaking work she is doing in combining nature and science into her design; and Mashudu Ramano, an entrepreneur in transition to a regenerative and sustainable future who brings home our undeniable connection to and reliance on the environment.

“Our programme was curated around this year’s theme: One – One Planet. One Chance. It comprehensively looked at the critical role of the green building community and the need for us to come together as one powerful movement to effect positive change that counts,” explained Reynolds.

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“The theme spoke to the need for decisive and immediate action to mitigate the effects of climate change and to save our one planet for future generations. This is not something we can do alone – we need everyone to commit to a future where people and the planet thrive,” Reynolds added.

She also took the opportunity to thank the GBCSA’s sponsors for helping to make the convention possible: “To our lead sponsors – Nedbank, Rand Water and Vodacom Business and all our other sponsors and supporters, thank you for partnering with us and investing in the green building movement. Partnerships are key to achieving the SDGs and we are in great company as we drive sustainable changes in the built environment.”