Green building is an international movement that aims to minimise the environmental impact of buildings and construction through responsible and efficient use of resources throughout a building’s lifecycle – from design to construction, durability, sustainability, location, maintenance and even demolition. In South Africa, green building is regulated through the Green Building Council of SA (GBCSA) which lays down strict criteria for Green Star SA certification. Tsebo Workplace Design’s certified consultants can navigate clients through the exact and sometimes confusing specifications to qualify for certification.
The monumental scale of environmental destruction has resulted in a global call to action for organisations to adopt sustainable, eco-friendly solutions across all areas of business. Organisations are under increasing pressure from society – including stakeholders, shareholders, employees, clients and tenants – to aim for net zero in their greening efforts. As public and professional awareness around green buildings increase, so does compliance with ever stricter regulations being enforced. Often the most well-meaning businesses will fall short of these requirements by operating from buildings that have made use of toxic construction material or wasted large quantities of water, energy and other resources.