The built environment should exist to serve the people who inhabit and use it. A thriving, regenerative environment is not only reflected in true efficiency that allows for improved user comfort, productivity and satisfaction over a building’s lifecycle; but also addresses the less tangible but equally important aspects of wellbeing, reflection, purpose, self-expression and connection. True efficiency goes beyond saving, into the realms of resilience, adaptability and regeneration. In questioning our existing knowledge, needs, motivations and drivers, we embrace disruptors that enable inspiration and innovation. The Green Building Convention 2019 will spotlight cutting-edge new and retrofitted green buildings and building systems from around the globe. What potential and possibilities will nature-inspired design, the circular economy, predictive analytics, machine-learning and artificial intelligence, reveal for the high performance, regenerative, living built environment of the future? What are our responses that move BEYOND what we currently know? Meet and learn from some of the world’s leading property practitioners, designers, makers and managers, and immerse yourself in real experiences and inspiring case studies from our green building gurus.


Effective policy and leadership is the backbone of how the public and private sector drive change. We know that decision-making, guided by policy and good leadership has a powerful and positive impact. The question is how do we evolve current policy in the built environment sector? And how do we future-proof policies to respond to tomorrow’s challenges? What is sustainable leadership and why is it critical to move the built environment forward? The answers lie in a collectively looking at the role and responsibility of both the public and private sector in strengthening policy and leadership in the sector. It is about realising that policy development in the built environment is everything but boring. It’s an exciting time to redefine policies and leadership as sustainable and tangible interventions to move the industry forward, The Convention is an opportunity to examine policy development, policy in practise, integration and connectivity, sustainable leadership development, socio-economic considerations, and government and corporate policy examples that promote sustainability.


In some investment categories of the South African property sector green building is mainstreaming, which was unheard of in the previous decade. Global trends point towards scaling up and growth in the greening of commercial properties. In the United States, for example, growth in green building investment has been called “explosive”. Growth in emerging markets are also expected to continue showing a rapid upward trend. The 2018 World Green Buildings Report shows that In Mexico, one quarter (27%) do their projects green, but that number is expected to double to 54% in 2021.
For those in the sector who are still on the fence, the Convention aims to tackle the investment case for green building. Find out what has brought about this growth spurt in green building and what the late adopters need to do in order to future-proof assets, increase return on investment and learn about how responsible investing is influencing the way buildings are constructed and operated. In addition, we’ll explore how we can drive investment decisions to encourage scale, accelerated impact and positive change to de-risk business. Ultimately, we need to identity the so-called “Green Swans” in the market and harness the idea of disruption to grab investors’ attention. Join us to find out where you can carve out your niche.


From products to procurement and 5G to 3D, the value chain is being disrupted. In a digital world where a waste economy is emerging and everything has a carbon footprint, how are products and procurement methods adapting? The green building sector is among the fastest growing sectors in the world. It’s against this backdrop that we need to understand what value chain disruption means for the sector and how it can be harnessed to keep up with a rapidly changing world. We will explore what the built environment sector will need to take into consideration to prepare for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, highlight multiple applications of products to achieve sustainability and also showcase the evolution of building products to respond to the challenges and needs of the future towards a circular economy.


This year the Green Building Convention is turning its focus on going BEYOND just building and shaping the cities of tomorrow. That is why it is more important than ever to connect as players in the built environment sector – not just to craft this vision, but to set it in motion towards creating greener, healthier and sustainable spaces where people can live, work, learn and play. People are ultimately at the heart of what we do. In South Africa, cities deal with a lot of historical challenges, so how do we reimagine our cities to be inclusive, diverse and vibrant spaces reflective of a Democratic economy? Join us as we take an in-depth look at cities: circular cities, sustainable infrastructure, urban planning and design, urban mobility and connectivity, public spaces, and more. We are also excited to once again host a pre-conference satellite session dedicated to cities.