The WorldGBC Congress, held in Cape Town in 2013, saw a great turn out from our African GBCs, taking this opportunity to engage with established green building Councils from around the world. The WorldGBC also held an Africa Network meeting with representatives from Ghana, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Mauritius in attendance. The large number of African GBCs that attended our last network meeting is indicative that the region is reaching a turning point around the uptake of green buildings.
There has been activity in many countries. The Namibia GBC certified its first building in 2013, and plans to hold a full convention in April 2014. They are also holding a number of training courses and are planning some exciting events for World Green Building Week.
There is interest from the Kenya GBS in using Green Star, and the Ghana GBC is preparing to apply for Emerging Status with WorldGBC in the first quarter of the year as well as running a number of events for World Green Building Week and collaborating to certify its first building. Ghana GBC will host the next Africa Regional Network meeting later this year.
Plenty of progress is also being made in Mauritius, Tunisia, Sudan, Botswana, and Zambia. The GBCSA continues its leadership in the region with a range of successful events and initiatives.
We are looking forward to a productive year for the Africa Regional Network!
Bruce is a Town and Regional Planner (Wits) and MBA (UCTs GSB) by training. He spent several years in the town planning profession, moved into housing and property development, and then into property asset management and corporate strategy. Later, he co-founded Spire Property Services and assembled Paramount Property Fund where he was an Executive Director, listing it on the JSE in 2001. He is currently Managing Director of Spire Property Group, which provides property management services to private clients.
From his involvement in some significant development projects, Bruce recognised that the lack of knowledge about green building in SA was limiting our efforts in terms of global warming and international best practice and, after meetings with the Green Building Council of Australia, agreed to champion an initiative to set up the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). Bruce is currently Executive Chairman of the GBCSA and the Secretary of the World Green Building Council's Board of Directors. He has been on the WorldGBC Board of Directors since November 2009.