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BUILDING: Invest In Green Upskilling


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A general knowledge of green buildings is no longer enough for built environment professionals. It’s a pivotal skill right across the property sector.

Green buildings mean cost savings, higher property valuations, a healthier business environment and thus make real financial sense – for landlords and tenants alike.

That makes upskilling an imperative professional investment: not just for architects and property managers, but for urban economists, engineers, brokers and financiers, too.

To meet demand, the Green Building Council of SA (GBCSA) is presenting two days of education courses, scheduled to take place on 25 & 26 October 2011, the days preceding the 4th annual GBCSA Convention and Exhibition in Cape Town this October.

Built environment professionals throughout SA realise that green buildings are important both ethically and economically,” says GBCSA CEO Brian Wilkinson.

They are looking for ways to tackle and manage green issues in a practical and meaningful way, and that means enhancing their skills.”

The flagship programme on offer is the Green Star SA Accredited Professional course, the core course for professional designation.

In addition, this year, the GBCSA is presenting two advanced Green Star SA courses for property practitioners already involved with green building practices.

The first is a simulations seminar, which equips delegates to manage the credit compliance process for Green Star SA projects. The second is a half-day workshop that examines the processes and requirements for Green Star SA project certification.

For delegates focusing on specialist areas of green practice, the course programme includes a number of cutting-edge workshops and seminars – all focused on the built environment.

A seminar on Greening Existing Buildings will spotlight low-cost – and even cost-free – property improvements by, for instance, optimizing energy and water efficiencies, implementing sustainable purchasing and waste management policies, and green cleaning policies.

A workshop on biomimicry will explain how nature can provide solutions for human problems, using case studies to showcase how the approach is effective for property. A session looking at food security and the built environment will examine how urban form plays a role in social cohesion.

Workshops are also being presented on: climatically appropriate design; living buildings and green roofs.

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