Join Us for Congress in Cape Town!

Thursday 25th April 2013

This year South Africa will play host to the largest international network influencing the green building marketplace, the WorldGBC Congress, making this the most distinctive sustainable building gathering ever hosted on the African continent.

The WorldGBC Congress will run in parallel with the premier GBCSA sixth Green Building Convention and Exhibition at the Cape Town International Convention Centre making it an incomparable opportunity for global green building thought leaders, industry professionals, innovators, environmentalists and students to exchange ideas, build capacity and accelerate the green building movement.

“The Green Building Convention is not only about knowledge-sharing – it’s also about like minds connecting,” says Brian Wilkinson, CEO of the GBCSA.  “We have created plenty of opportunity for delegates to engage with captains of industry and key decision-makers and opportunity to browse stands showcasing the latest in green building innovation.”   

An engaging programme has been designed to both challenge and shift paradigms, which will be enriched by our world-class exhibition  created to encourage business to business opportunity, stimulate the green economy and inspire both our global network local and international colleagues. 

This year the event has been revitalised with the thought-provoking theme “ReWire” featuring several exciting new offerings, including new activities such as walking and building tours available to delegates.

The Reclaim Camissa Tour is one of the walking tours on offer.  Camissa is an ancient Khoi name for Cape Town, meaning ‘the place of sweet waters’.  Delegates will walk Cape Town’s waterways and hear some of the cultural stories associated with our water system and the possible way forward to a more sustainable water future in Cape Town.

Another tour available is the Sustainable City Tour, which will be led by the City of Cape Town and will cover the sustainable initiatives that the city is currently rolling out.  In addition to the walking tours, delegates will be able to do a building tour and visit various Green Star SA rated buildings in Cape Town and see first-hand what sets these buildings apart and how they achieved their green star status. 

Already confirmed in this year’s line-up of inspiring and impressive speakers are: Rick Fedrizzi, founding chairman of the US Green Building Council and current Chairman of the WorldGBC; Romilly Madew, the CEO of the Australian Green Building Council and a woman who was voted one of Australia’s top 100 most influential people in 2012; Gunter Pauli, entrepreneur, author and initiator of the Blue Economy concept which is a plan to develop 100 manufacturing innovations with viable business models that could generate 100 million jobs in 10 years - all with zero emissions and no waste; and Lewis Pugh, an ocean advocate, pioneer swimmer and explorer who was named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum for his potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world through inspiring leadership.

The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) Convention and Exhibition is now officially open for registration. Delegates, who book before the end of June, stand a chance to win various prizes – ranging from free convention delegate tickets, two nights’ accommodation and flights to attend the Convention, a signed Gunter Pauli book and a weekend away at Rippons Safari Lodge in the Eastern Cape, with return flights.

“Cape Town will experience the convening of some of the most influential and visionary green leaders from around the globe in one space at a once-off meeting of like minds.  You are invited to join us as we continue to galvanise and accelerate the adoption of environmentally and socially responsible building practices,” concludes Wilkinson.

See our Congress page for more information re the latest conference.

This year South Africa will play host to the largest international network influencing the green building marketplace, the WorldGBC Congress, making this the most distinctive sustainable building gathering ever hosted on the African continent.

The WorldGBC Congress will run in parallel with the premier GBCSA sixth Green Building Convention and Exhibition at the Cape Town International Convention Centre making it an incomparable opportunity for global green building thought leaders, industry professionals, innovators, environmentalists and students to exchange ideas, build capacity and accelerate the green building movement.

“The Green Building Convention is not only about knowledge-sharing – it’s also about like minds connecting,” says Brian Wilkinson, CEO of the GBCSA.  “We have created plenty of opportunity for delegates to engage with captains of industry and key decision-makers and opportunity to browse stands showcasing the latest in green building innovation.”   

An engaging programme has been designed to both challenge and shift paradigms, which will be enriched by our world-class exhibition  created to encourage business to business opportunity, stimulate the green economy and inspire both our global network local and international colleagues. 

This year the event has been revitalised with the thought-provoking theme “ReWire” featuring several exciting new offerings, including new activities such as walking and building tours available to delegates.

The Reclaim Camissa Tour is one of the walking tours on offer.  Camissa is an ancient Khoi name for Cape Town, meaning ‘the place of sweet waters’.  Delegates will walk Cape Town’s waterways and hear some of the cultural stories associated with our water system and the possible way forward to a more sustainable water future in Cape Town.

Another tour available is the Sustainable City Tour, which will be led by the City of Cape Town and will cover the sustainable initiatives that the city is currently rolling out.  In addition to the walking tours, delegates will be able to do a building tour and visit various Green Star SA rated buildings in Cape Town and see first-hand what sets these buildings apart and how they achieved their green star status. 

Already confirmed in this year’s line-up of inspiring and impressive speakers are: Rick Fedrizzi, founding chairman of the US Green Building Council and current Chairman of the WorldGBC; Romilly Madew, the CEO of the Australian Green Building Council and a woman who was voted one of Australia’s top 100 most influential people in 2012; Gunter Pauli, entrepreneur, author and initiator of the Blue Economy concept which is a plan to develop 100 manufacturing innovations with viable business models that could generate 100 million jobs in 10 years - all with zero emissions and no waste; and Lewis Pugh, an ocean advocate, pioneer swimmer and explorer who was named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum for his potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world through inspiring leadership.

The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) Convention and Exhibition is now officially open for registration. Delegates, who book before the end of June, stand a chance to win various prizes – ranging from free convention delegate tickets, two nights’ accommodation and flights to attend the Convention, a signed Gunter Pauli book and a weekend away at Rippons Safari Lodge in the Eastern Cape, with return flights.

“Cape Town will experience the convening of some of the most influential and visionary green leaders from around the globe in one space at a once-off meeting of like minds.  You are invited to join us as we continue to galvanise and accelerate the adoption of environmentally and socially responsible building practices,” concludes Wilkinson.

See our Congress page for more information re the latest conference.