World trail-blaz­ers in green phi­los­o­phy lined up for build­ing congress

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

THIS is no or­di­nary year for the green build­ing in­dus­try in South Africa – it her­alds the once-off ral­ly­ing of the largest in­ter­na­tional net­work in­flu­enc­ing the green build­ing mar­ket­place, with 92 global coun­cils un­der one roof.

Hap­pen­ing in Cape Town on Oc­to­ber 16-18, the World Green Build­ing Congress will be part of the Green Build­ing Coun­cil o f South Afri c a ’ s a nnual con­ven­tion.

Spon­sored by Ned­bank Cor­po­rate Prop­erty Fi­nance the event has the theme “Re­Wire – con­nect­ing minds, build­ing value”.

The line-up of speak­ers is de­signed to pro­vide in­spi­ra­tion and in­sight into trends that are chang­ing the way we think and do busi­ness and prac­ti­cal im­ple­men­ta­tion to ef­fect change on the ground, says Brian Wilkin­son, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Green Build­ing Coun­cil of South Africa.

“Sev­eral em­i­nent in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal thought lead­ers on sus­tain­abil­ity and global green build­ing trends have been con­firmed as speak­ers. Ex­perts from the US, Aus­tralia, Eng­land, Bel­gium and Africa will join lo­cal fig­ures to pro­vide two days of com­pelling speeches and fa­cil­i­tate ro­bust dis­cus­sions and thought-pro­vok­ing con­ver­sa­tions .”

Themes would in­clude sus­tain­able cities and trans­port, food se­cu­rity in ur­ban ar­eas,

Among the speak­ers are: Richard Fedrizzi, found­ing chair­man of the US Green Build­ing Coun­cil and chair­man of the World GBC; Romilly Madew, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Green Build­ing Coun­cil of Aus­tralia – voted one of Aus­tralia’s top 100 most in­flu­en­tial peo­ple in 2012; Gunter Pauli, en­tre­pre­neur, author and ini­tia­tor of the Blue Econ­omy con­cept; Cameron Sin­clair, co-founder and chief ex­ec­u­tive of Ar­chi­tec­ture for Hu­man­ity, a non-profit ini­tia­tive that brings the skills of ar­chi­tects and de­sign­ers to those who would oth­er­wise not be able to af­ford it, and coau­thor of the best-sell­ing book De­sign Like you Give a Damn.

Other speak­ers are Ja­son Drew, an en­tre­pre­neur, en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist and vi­sion­ary who ad­vo­cates for the sus­tain­abil­ity rev­o­lu­tion and shares his vi­sion and blue­print for suc­cess­ful busi­ness in the 21st cen­tury; and Lewis Pugh, an ocean ad­vo­cate, swim­mer and ex­plorer who was named as a Young Global Leader by the World Eco­nomic Fo­rum for his po­ten­tial to con­trib­ute to shap­ing the fu­ture of the world through in­spir­ing lead­er­ship.

A South African ad­di­tion to the pro­gramme is trend an­a­lyst Dion Chang, who uses a global per­spec­tive to source new ideas and iden­tify cut­ting edge move­ments.

“This year’s pro­gramme is de­signed to strike a bal­ance be­tween in­spi­ra­tion and peerto- peer knowl­edge shar­ing,” says Wilkin­son.

“I am par­tic­u­larly ea­ger to hear Madew’s pre­sen­ta­tion on the find­ings of a study by the Green Build­ing Coun­cil Aus­tralia, il­lus­trat­ing the eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits of green build­ings as as­sessed over 10 years.

“Pauli is known for his Blue Econ­omy con­cept – a plan to de­velop 100 man­u­fac­tur­ing in­no­va­tions with vi­able busi­ness mod­els that could gen­er­ate 100 mil­lion jobs in 10 years – all with zero emis­sions and no waste.

“Sin­clair’s Ar­chi­tec­ture for Hu­man­ity uses de­sign to al­levi- ments; and re­duce the foot­print of the built en­vi­ron­ment.

“It was through Ar­chi­tec­ture for Hu­man­ity that the Football for Hope Cen­tre was de­vel­oped in Khayelit­sha for Grass­roots Soc­cer – a South African, non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion that uses football to teach young peo­ple about HIV/Aids and em­power them with the knowl­edge to live HIV-free.

“Drew, busi­ness­man turned green war­rior, is a tire­less cam­paigner who en­gages on how to take busi­ness think­ing, vi­sion and ac­tion into the 21st cen­tury and adopt prof­itable, gamechang­ing so­lu­tions for the new busi­ness par­a­digms we face.”

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