There is a new captain in the driver’s seat at the Green Building Council South Africa. With her impressive track record, Dorah Modise brings tremendous experience and a fresh perspective to navigate the changing landscape ahead.
The 2015 Green Star SA Leadership Awards were distributed at the Green Building Council South Africa’s (GBCSA) annual convention in Cape Town and celebrated outstanding projects and professionals in the green building industry.
Kerry Bobbins, researcher at the Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO), was commended through the international Green Talent Awards for 2014. Bobbins was the only South African among 25 winners who presented their ideas on sustainable development to industry experts in a knowledge-sharing exercise in October 2014 in Germany.
Dr Guy Preston, winner of the 2014 Eco-Logic Lifetime Achievement Award, has a reputation as “someone who gets things done”. As head of Environmental Programmes in the Department of Environmental Affairs, he brings together environmentalism and social justice.
After winning the 2009 World Architecture Festival’s World Building of the Year for the Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre, well-known South African architect Peter Rich developed a significant international profile.
From humble beginnings through architectural school in Berlin and back to his home in Burkino Faso, Francis Kéré provides an example of humility, innovation and care – all core principles of an architect who gives back.
Carew has been awarded the Recognised Professional for the past five years by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).
While working at Buro Happold (London) in 2001, he learnt it was important that “you became part of the solution and taking co-ownership of the overall design, and not only the bit that you are responsible for. Buro Happold had a very strong ethos for that collaborative approach as a design team.” He also learnt a great deal about documentation, quality control and the importance of communicating technical detail clearly– especially “documenting a project in such a way that other people can understand it – whether you use graphs, pictures or words.”
Reinink is the kind of person who will make a success of whatever she puts her mind to, and to the benefit of the green building industry in South Africa, this is where she has focused her skill and enthusiasm.
Far from requiring a leap of faith, the decision to design, construct and manage a green building requires a convincing argument to put forward to decision makers. “The Rands and Sense of Green Building in South Africa” recently released by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), will equip professionals with solid evidence of the costs and benefits of green building in South Africa. The publication clarifies some of the uncertainties about green building in South Africa, in particular the capital costs associated with it.
Mike Symons enjoys “creating developments that lead to solutions”. He holds several international patents with others pending – many of these are in the built environment.
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