WSP sustainability consultants and engineers have been hard at work for over a decade; setting benchmarks and contributing to transforming the built space across Africa to become more resilient, sustainable, efficient and toward contributing to lower carbon economies.
“The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) was formed in 2007, to lead the way and providing guidance to green South Africa's commercial property sector. At that time, we were trading as GreenByDesign, as part of the WSP group in Africa, and were working on the designs for the second phase of the Nedbank head office in Sandton. In 2009, this building was the first in South Africa, and Africa, to be certified and achieve a Green Star rating,” says Alison Groves, Regional Director, WSP, Building Services, Africa.
Groves notes that by 2011 there were already 15 Green Star rated buildings in South Africa. “Since then the industry is doubling exponentially every year and, as the GBCSA introduces more rating tools, the uptake for green buildings is sky rocketing. The green building uptake can also be seen throughout Africa where, to date, Green Building Councils have been established in Namibia, Zambia, Mauritius, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya and Ghana.”