CEO of Green Building Council South Africa announces retirement

By Lucy Dixon
After five years at the helm of the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA), CEO Brian Wilkinson has announced his early retirement and will bestepp...

After five years at the helm of the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA), CEO Brian Wilkinson has announced his early retirement and will be stepping down in August 2016.

According to the World Green Building Trends 2016: Developing Markets Accelerate Global Green Growth - SmartMarket Report report, South Africa is the country with the highest share of green building projects out of a global sample of 69 countries and it also has the highest share of expected green building projects leading up to 2018.

Commenting on the significant progress of green building in South Africa, Wilkinson said the property industry has been swift to recognise the simultaneous opportunity to ‘do well by doing good’, referring to the well-established and proven business case for green buildings.

He added: “Our purpose is to inspire property owners to design, build and operate better, greener buildings. Formal Green Star SA certifications are rapidly approaching 200 projects, up from only six certifications five years ago. I believe we are on the cusp of green buildings becoming standard, rather than limited to leading practice.”

The GBCSA is also focusing on the performance of existing buildings in the commercial property sector, at portfolio level.

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