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Existing Building Performance - Green Star Accredited Professional Program (GSAP EBP)

About the Program

*GBCSA has introduced Live Webinars to replace the Face to Face Workshops in order to accommodate for the new social distancing regulations. 

The 2-part program provides a comprehensive overview of the Green Star rating system for the Existing Building Performance tool for the objective measurement and rating of the environmental performance of existing buildings and provides insight into all major aspects of environmental sustainability that should be considered in the operational performance of existing buildings. 

This program is the formal accreditation pathway required for registration as a recognised Green Star Accredited Professional for Existing Building Performance (GSAP EBP) with the Green Building Council South Africa.

As a registered GSAP EBP, you will be equipped with the knowledge to guide a project team in the design and certification of a Green Star registered project for a range of building types and be recognised as a professional with a greater understanding of environmental issues related to the built environment and property industry.

Objectives of the program are to ensure that all who attend:

  1. Gain an understanding of the importance of green building and understand the role of the GBCSA
  2. Understand the Existing Building Performance tool
  3. Are able to, if suitably qualified, be recognized as a Green Star Existing Building Performance Accredited Professional 

Who Should Attend

Architects, Architectural Technicians, Engineers, Quantity Surveyors, Project Managers, Contractors, Sustainability Consultants, Property Developers, Property Owners,  and anyone else involved in the design and construction of the built environment in South Africa and beyond.

Becoming an Accredited Professional

We offer two accreditation types: Green Star Accredited Professional (GSAP) and Green Star Accredited Professional in Practice (GSAP+). The GSAP+ qualification will distinguish you as an industry expert. The GSAP qualification is perfect for those less involved in building certifications but wanting to show their commitment to the sustainable built environment.

To become a GSAP+, you need to:

•   Attend the workshop
•   Attend the online course
•   Pass the exam
•   Maintain 10 points each year (from Oct 2019)
•   Sign a GSAP+ Professional Conduct Agreement (from Oct 2019)

To become a GSAP, you need to:

•   Attend the workshop
•   Attend the online course
•   Pass the exam
•  Maintain 5 points each year (from Oct 2019)
•   Sign a GSAP Professional Conduct Agreement (from Oct 2019)

Registration as an Accredited Professional is open to all those involved in the design, construction and operation of the built environment in South Africa and beyond with suitable level of knowledge and experience of the field. Candidates will need to demonstrate relevant industry experience or tertiary level qualification in a suitable property industry related field upon request by the GBCSA in order to be recognised as a Green Star New Buildings Accredited Professional upon successful completion of the program.

CPD Accreditation

SACAP Members

CPD SAIA 19-10/1

Workshop – 1.5 Points

Online Course – 1.5 Points

Online Exam – 0.5 Points

SAFMA Members

Workshop – 1.5 Points

Online Course – 1.5 Points

Online Exam – 1.5 Points

ECSA Members


Full Program 1 point

Program Structure

The program has a blended approach to learning which combines an online course to deepen understanding of the Green Star certification system and green building approach to the operation of existing buildings, followed by a face-to-face interactive one day workshop. The online course must be done before attendance of the face-to-face workshop. This must be completed prior to attempting the corresponding online exam. Upon passing the online exam, suitably qualified candidates will be registered as a Green Star Existing Building Performance Accredited Professional (GSAP EBP) and listed on the GBCSA’s online directory of professionals.

Upcoming Program Dates & Prices

Existing Building Performance Online Course & Live Webinar 

The online course must be completed before attending the face-to-face webinar workshop. It is presented online and accessible anywhere as a scheduled event where students have access to the course material for a period as selected by the participant.

This webinar is hosted by the GBCSA and a faculty member and gives a high level understanding of the tool. Case studies and scenarios help the student to understand how the tool may be applied.

Next Available Course Dates:

Webinar Prices (Incl VAT):


Existing Building Performance Online Exam 

This 2 hour online open book exam is the final step in qualifying as an New Building Accredited Professional. One needs 75% in order to pass. Access to exams is via your GBCSA user dashboard.

Next Available Course Dates:

Can be done on your own schedule.

Exam Prices (Inclu VAT):


Full Program Prices (Incl VAT):


Latest EBP Case Study

1 & 1A Protea Place

Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Existing Building Performance Tool v1

Booking the 2 part program

When booking both parts of program (i.e the online course & live webinar workshop, and the online exam) you need to:

  • Select the live webinar date that suits you
  • Select the online course access period 
  • These items will be added to your cart. The exam will be added automatically
  • If you are booking for more than 1 attendee you will need to have their contact email at hand. 
  • You will be prompted to login to the GBCSA Dashboard on checkout and you will need to create a profile if you do not have one already.
  • Confirmation will be sent to your email address

You can choose to pay now or do an EFT later. Once payment has been made each attendee will be notified of login details via email. 

Access to the live webinar will be emailed to you directly.

You will need to access the online course via your GBCSA dashboard.

*All fees are valid for 2021 and will automatically increase on 1 January 2022.

Please Note: The GBCSA reserves the right to cancel or postpone an event at their own discretion up to 7 days prior to the event and the GBCSA will not be held liable for any related expenses incurred by registrants for things such as flights, accommodation, meals and transportation. For further details on our terms and conditions, please click here.

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