The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has announced that the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) will be a key participant and sponsor of RICS Summit Africa 2018, taking place in Sandton later this month.
David Pierre-Eugene, head of group facilities at Discovery, will be a new addition to the panel on “optimising real estate costs”. The panel will look at how improved workplaces are creating happier, healthier and more productive workforces, while driving cost and resource efficiencies for employers.
Pierre-Eugene joins more than 20 other local and international speakers and panellists set to take part in discussions at the summit. More than 200 delegates are set to attend the two-day event.
The theme of this year’s event centres around sustainability and smart urbanisation.
According to GBCSA chief executive Dorah Modise, more than 360 new and existing buildings have been rated by the GBCSA with the Green Star SA, Energy and Water Performance Tool as well as EDGE for residential buildings accreditation.
She said this could not have been achieved without the support of the commercial property and broader built environment sector, but there is still a long way to go towards entrenching green building across the African continent. Collaboration is crucial in this process, in her view.
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