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The GBCSA awards SA’s green building professionals

South Africa’s top rated Green Star buildings and top green building professionals will be announced at the Green Building Convention next week.

The event, sponsored by Property Finance at Nedbank CIB, is the signature gathering of green building and property professionals who attend to hear industry developments and be exposed to the latest in green building and sustainability.

The Green Star Leadership Awards was started in 2011 to acknowledge projects and project team members for their stellar contributions to design, build and operate better, greener buildings in South Africa.

The annual Green Star Leadership awards consist of four categories. For buildings, there are the Highest Rated Building and Best Quality submission categories, while individual professionals are recognised as either a Rising Green Star or an Established Green Star.

The best performing building projects receive the awards based on their submission data during the Green Star certification process while quality submissions are evaluated based on the strength of their submissions. Individuals are nominated by the industry, independent Green Star assessors, technical working groups and their Green Star engagement. Last year’s big winners of these coveted awards were No.1 Silo at V&A Waterfront, Atrium on 5th at Sandton City, Chilu Lombe of Solid Green Consulting and Sally Misplon of Misplon Green Building Consulting.

Brian Wilkinson, CEO of GBCSA, says: “We have the audacious goal of wanting to change the way the world is built – to tread lightly on our stressed planet and ensure that we build and operate buildings that do just that. The winners of the Green Star Leadership Awards have stepped up and are making this happen, and doing so with extraordinary passion and flair.”

The awards officially named No.1 Silo at V&A Waterfront, the head office of Allan Gray, the winner in the Highest Rated building category.

Manfred Braune, Chief Technical Officer at the GBCSA, explains that No.1 Silo was the highest rated green building in the country during the year, earning the most points in its final Green Star SA rating. “No 1 Silo at the V&A Waterfront dazzled by being awarded South Africa’s first 6-Star As-Built rating. It’s wonderful that we now have 11 6-Star ratings in the country, two of which have As Built ratings.”

As a green building professional, for outstanding and ongoing contribution to green building in South Africa, Chilu Lombe of Solid Green Consulting was awarded the Established Green Star 2014 and Jaco Kemp of Arup was named the runner up in this category. Lombe is part of a committed team at Solid Green Consulting who have recently celebrated their 20th Green Star SA certified project.

Lombe has been involved in developing energy and thermal modelling capacity in South Africa since 2009 and worked on at least 15 Green Star SA project submissions and certifications in the same time. Lombe is also a member of the GBCSA’s education faculty and its project assessment panel.

Sally Misplon of Misplon Green Building Consulting was named this year’s Rising Green Star. Etienne Terblanche of PJCarew Consulting was the category’s runner up.

Misplon has acted as Green Star SA Accredited Professional for innovative Black River Park, including the first building to be submitted for an Existing Building Performance rating, which uses a tool that she helped to develop. She’s also on its technical advisory group.

“These awards are given to people who have continually contributed to the green building economy and are actively changing the way the world is being built. The future is indeed bright with professionals like these working together for a better built environment,” Wilkinson notes.