BUILDING: AP Courses For Going 'Green'
Recent Western Cape Business News
GREEN building continues to gain momentum and is no longer only being practised by a handful of dedicated experts, but starting to spread to the mainstream industry.
For anyone involved in the building and development sector, whether they are developers, architects, engineers, property managers, product manufacturers and contractors it is becoming increasingly important to hold the relevant knowledge and qualifications on green building, rating systems and accreditation.
The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) continues to offer its unique Green Star SA Accredited Professional courses. This one-day course provides a detailed overview of the Green Star SA green building rating system and provides an excellent introduction to green building.
“There is a growing thirst for green building education,” says Bruce Kerswill, executive chairman of the GBCSA. “The Green Star Accredited Professional course trains property professionals on each category and credit in the Green Star rating system, and after attending the course, an optional exam may be written online at testing centres nationwide, earning the successful candidates the designation of ‘Green Star SA Accredited Professional’.”
According to Kerswill this designation is likely to become more important as major developers have indicated their preference for working with consultants who have attained this qualification.
“The Green Star SA system is an environmental rating system for buildings – basically an assessment tool which certifies whether a building is ‘green’ or not – and is based on the Australian Green Star tool which is similar to a number of international tools. It addresses eight environmental categories, including energy, water, materials and transport.”
Validated for CPD points for architects and engineers, the next round of courses take place on 22 February in Cape Town and 17 March in Durban.
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