15 – 17 November 2023
When you think about space,
what comes to mind?
Is it the vast plains of the Serengeti? The limitless frontiers of outer space? Is it nestled between the majestic Drakensberg mountains? Does it lie in the depths of the world’s oceans? Is it the sprawling metropolises of cities like New York, London, and Johannesburg? The corner of your garden where you enjoy your morning coffee? The park where you walk your dogs? The playground where you take your children?
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’s through rethinking space that we’re bringing buildings and places to life that redefine the built environment.
Chief Executive Officer
Green Building Council South Africa
"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.
Transforming the built environment
for people and planet to thrive
The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) is a non- profit member-based organisation promoting green building and sustainability in the property and construction sectors. We are one of about 70 members of the World Green Building Council (WGBC) and collaborate with GBCs across the globe, enabling access to a community of experts at home and abroad. Together we create a platform for advocacy, training and certification.
gathering in Africa
Connect and engage with a powerful network of thought and business leaders, professionals and decision-makers at Africa’s premier green building gathering.