Meet the Members: In Conversation with Engelbert Binedell
January 20, 2021
Our GBCSA board member Engelbert Binedell is the Chief Operating Officer of Growthpoint Management Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Growthpoint Properties Limited. He has 22 years’ experience in property management, fund and asset management, and he answered our questions to give us a better idea of his work, the environment and what inspires him.
Where do you go for inspiration?
I seem to find inspiration in several ways, be it a book, the coast or the bush. Riding my motorcycle or my restored VW Splitty is always a source of inspiration – I can’t help but have grin on my face.
What is the best part of your workday?
Pre-Covid it was getting to the office. No day is ever the same and interacting with my colleagues and clients gives me energy. During lockdown and at present it is pressing the shutdown button on my laptop.
What achievement are you most proud of?
Apart from my family it would have to be being part of the Growthpoint team. It has been a wonderful experience being part of the company’s growth and sharing in the various milestones we have achieved. And, surviving 2020…
What do you think is the most urgent global environmental challenge facing us?
Hard lock-down proved that nature can recover very quickly. The sky was brighter, the air cleaner and the bird life flourished in my garden after a week. It was truly amazing! How is it then possible that some people and nations still not believe in global warming and the devastating effect that people, their behaviour and industry have on nature?
What do you feel is the biggest issue in the green building industry that we have to overcome, and any ideas on where to start in tackling it?
The benefits of green buildings to owners and occupants are still not understood and valued appropriately. Even more should be done to emphasise these benefits so that it becomes the new normal. Affordability will always be an issue and the industry and other role players should join forces to make it more affordable, especially now given the tough economic environment we find ourselves in.