Now, the criteria of qualification, experience and level of activity and engagement in the industry will guide the GBCSA’s awarding of the Accredited Professional qualification into to arrange three distinct tiers.
World Green Building Council launches a new case study library showcasing excellence in sustainable development globally, featuring buildings that are net zero carbon and/or enhance human health.
“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it,” cites Redefine Properties’ website, a company which, along with other key players in the property sector, has drastically realigned its strategy in the last few years to make green building and sustainable practices an urgent priority.
And the tipping point to treading lighter is found in our buildings. Globally buildings generate one-third of all carbon emissions through their construction and operation, and this is seen in their use of almost half the planet’s energy and more than half of its resources.
The South African treasury, and various municipalities have put several measures in place to encourage investment in green building and green building technologies – including solar energy.
Robust debate on buildings is an important part of advocating for buildings and cities where people and planet can thrive. At GBCSA we know this because advocacy is one of our core activities.
Four South African cities, namely Cape Town, Johannesburg, eThekwini and Tshwane are part of the C40 South Africa Buildings Programme. The three-year programme (2018 – 2020) is supported by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and funded by Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF).
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.
A single tree can have a cooling performance of up to ten standard air conditioners by exhaling water vapour through their leaves, according to the US Department of Agriculture. By cooling the environment, trees help reduce the normally-higher temperatures of urban areas, and so make them more comfortable to live in.
Green space and good views raise the price of properties, specifically distant views, water and mature trees, according to verified studies. This increased price is due to Hedonic Value – the value we place on the pleasure we get from an experience or product.