600 Green Star certification milestone

by Ofentse Sefolo
600 Green Star certification milestone

Green milestone
The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) has achieved another significant milestone in green building in South Africa, reaching the 600-mark in Green Star certifications. This milestone was announced at the 13th Green Building Convention, which also included the annual GBCSA Awards.

“This is amazing. Thank you to everyone who supported us in reaching this milestone. It has been an amazing journey,” said the GBCSA chief executive officer, Lisa Reynolds. “This milestone is indicative of the growing momentum of green building in South Africa and a commercial property sector that is committed to sustainability.”

Green winners
The winners of the annual GBCSA Awards were also announced, with many of the winners reaching six-star certification.

The criteria for qualifying green projects is based on submission data gathered during the GBCSA’s Green Star certification process and the strength of the submissions. Individuals are nominated by the industry and their Green Star engagement is also taken into consideration.

The GBCSA award winners are:

Category: Highest rated building
Old Mutual Mutualpark (Cape Town)
Six-star Green Star – Existing building performance v1 rating
Project owner: Old Mutual | AP: Zoë Rushin (Old Mutual)

1st Runner-up
FormFunc Head Office (Johannesburg)
Six-star Green Star – Interiors v1 rating
Project owner: Formfunc AP, Terramanzi

2nd Runner-up
The Reid Lifestyle Centre (Johannesburg)
Six-Star, Green Star – Public & education buildings v1 design rating
Project owner: Balwin Properties | AP: Solid Green

Category: Best quality submission
Joint winners
Nicol Grove – Saatchi & Saatchi (Johannesburg)
Four-star Green Star – Existing building performance v1 rating
AP: Claire Holton, Ecocentric | Project owner: Investec Property Fund

Woolands Office Park Buildings 1 to 8 (Johannesburg)
Four-star Green Star – Existing building performance v1 rating
AP: Adrie Fourie, Aurecon (at the time of the project) | Project owner: Growthpoint

82 Maude (Johannesburg)
Four-star Green Star – Existing building performance v1 rating
AP: Sally Misplon, Misplon Consulting | Project owner: Redefine Properties

Category: Established Green Star

Francois Retief, Sow&Reap



Yovka Raytcheva-Schaap, Zutari

Category: Rising Green Star

Catherine Luyt, Ecolution



Hlolo Manthose, WSP

Category: Non-standard awards: Net zero
Hotel Nieu – First level 2 carbon (modelled) as well as net positive
AP: Zendrè Compion, Solid Green & founded by Anthony Fitzhenry & Paul Boshoff

House Balwin Ragaven – First level 1 waste (measured), net positive waste
AP: Marc Sherratt | Building owner: Dr Laurel Baldwin Ragaven

The vision
During the awards, Reynolds shared some of the GBCSA’s highlights, including taking all the GBCSA’s training online, the release of the “Getting to Zero” guideline and the “Safe Return to Work” guideline that will be launched mid-November.

“Looking ahead at 2021, the GBCSA is refining our member value proposition. The GBCSA will also be developing a virtual campus in 2021 thanks to The Virtulab, the creators and innovators behind the Virtuworx virtual platform. The campus will be open to all GBCSA members and will enable the green building community in South Africa to connect virtually throughout the year,” she announced.

Reynolds concluded by noting that they want to ensure that they offer members maximum value, while demonstrating how important they are to the GBCSA and its vision to transition to a sustainable built environment.

Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA)
Tel: +27 21 486 7900 / 086 104 2272
Website: www.gbcsa.org.za

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