GBCSA / Annual Convention

The year of Y/OUR SPACE

How we think about and define space is important in the built environment. In its many shapes and sizes, it has a direct and significant impact on people and nature. It moves, it builds, it grows, it teaches, it plays – space is a transformative part of our everyday lives. It is through rethinking space that we are bringing buildings and places to life that redefine the built environment.

Transforming the built environment for people and planet to thrive is at the core of the green building vision and mission. It constantly challenges us to rethink spaces for greener, resilient, and future-fit buildings that can withstand and mitigate the effects of climate change.

“Our planet is still in the emergency room and humanity is on a highway to climate hell” – sobering words from UN Secretary-General António Guterres at last year’s COP27, which puts it plainly that we need urgent and bold action now. We know that the built environment generates around 40% of annual global CO2 emissions with building operations accounting for 27% and infrastructure materials and construction (embodied carbon) are responsible for an additional 13% annually. Our responsibility here is clear – transformation is an imperative to divert us from a “climate hell” in the future. So, that is why this year’s Green Building Convention is all about SPACE.

We are creating a space for redefining our thinking. A space for robust discussion that inspire actionable outcomes. A space for sharing innovative solutions and tried and trusted best practises. A space to connect the built environment as a force for change.

Register and save your space for the 16th Green Building Convention taking place 15 – 17 November 2023 at the Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town.

Highlights from 2022 Convention

Official GBCSA statement with regards to COVID-19

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