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EXPO: A Better Future with the Green Building Council Convention


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If you knew you could halve the cost of running your business or home, would you laugh and turn away?

Of course not, particularly in these strained times. That’s precisely why the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) is hosting its fourth annual Convention and Exhibition, sponsored by Nedbank Corporate Property Finance, in Cape Town 26 to 28th October.

“Green buildings can reduce energy consumption by more than half, but even existing businesses and homes can benefit substantially from the latest, greenest leaps in sustainability,” says Bruce Kerswill, executive chairman of the GBCSA. “Never has there been a time when sustainable green living is more imperative, not just for the sake of the planet but also for the sake of our pockets. Green building makes sense, and cents.”

The non-profit GBCSA was established in 2007 and is South Africa’s official representative at the World Green Building Council. As such, GBCSA has direct access to the most advanced and exciting construction information in the world, while also being responsible for local Green Star accreditation and training.

The convention and exhibition will showcase the latest inspiring and inspired green building technology while bringing a wealth of global and local specialists together, with expert speakers, exhibitors, and useful, informative workshops.

Sustainable design guru Jason McLennan who -- as chief of the International Living Building Institute, founder of the Living Building Challenge, and author of four books -- is deemed one of the most influential people in the green building movement on the planet, will be discussing the future of building design.

Internationally acclaimed Professor Gerhard Hausladen, who founded the philosophy of ClimaDesign -- the development of buildings offering maximum comfort with minimal energy use -- and is the author of several books on environmentally-conscious construction, innovative technology, and renewable energy, will address the convention on climatically-appropriate design, which is immensely relevant in sunny South Africa.

The convention will also host a pre-conference education day, with master classes and discussions, as well as a cocktail party and a convention dinner providing plenty of opportunity for interaction and networking.

A key aspect of the GBCSA’s mandate is exploring real solutions for the electricity shortages, water shortages and other pressing issues faced by local authorities, which have a direct effect on businesses.

Drawing its approximate 800 members from the entire spectrum of the property and construction industries including developers, owners, professionals, consultants, investors, manufacturers, suppliers, academia, NGO’s, utilities, contractors and various levels of Government, GBCSA is proof of the palpable interest in building an ecologically-sound, sustainable future.

“We’re immensely proud to sponsor this important green gathering for the fourth year in a row.” says Frank Berkeley, managing executive of Nedbank Corporate Property Finance. “For Nedbank Corporate Property Finance, sustainability ultimately presents a means of achieving the delicate but essential balance between economica objectives, social development activities and environmental responsibility.

Most significantly, Nedbank puts its green building principles into action on an unparalleled level in South Africa.

Nedbank Phase II Sandton building was submitted to the GBCSA for Green Star rating at two stages and achieved a certified four star Green Star rating on both submissions – ‘design’ and ‘as built’ – becoming the first Green Star certified building in South Africa. It also won the SAPOA Excellence Award for overall green development, announced in May 2011.

“I’d say we’re setting the world on fire,” says Kerswill, “but actually we’re doing the opposite: we’re putting the fires out by harnessing the planet’s natural energy coupled with the modern magic of architecture, building materials and engineering, to help South Africa build clean and green.”

The fourth annual GBCSA Convention and Exhibition takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 26 to 28 October 2011.

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