The GBCSA is ushering in a new era with green building
The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) is gearing up for an exciting period as the local green building movement takes an exponential growth trajectory, one that is different in scale and scope from anything seen so far.
As it enters its tenth year with sustainability expert Dorah Modise as its new CEO, the GBCSA is preparing to usher in a new era. It has identified its next areas of big impact as the residential and public sectors and is expanding its vision to include entire green communities and cities.
“This is an exciting time to join the GBCSA,” says Modise. “It is already well established and has made great strides. It is in an excellent position to continue to grow and expand its areas of influence. GBCSA will continue to educate, advocate and certify while adding to its offerings and adapting its systems.”
Founded in 2007 as part of a larger global network of Green Building Councils, GBCSA champions the movement to design, build and operate properties in an environmentally sustainable way in the South African property sector.
So far, more than 230 formal green building certifications have been achieved in South Africa, mostly in the commercial property sector.
“Green building continues to gain even greater momentum in the country. It is clear from the increasing number of green star-rated buildings that it makes good business sense. The property sector gets it. This amazing community is leading green change and has given us all good cause to celebrate.
“We believe the impetus in the commercial property sector will continue to grow because market forces support the clear business case for green building -- you can do well by doing good. Now, we want to share this message across even more sectors, so they too can see how simple it is to enjoy the many benefits of green building.”
Modise took up the reins at GBCSA on 1 February, but has been a non-executive GBCSA board member since 2009, and is intimately familiar with its strategy and goals. During her first 100 days at its helm, she will focus on preparations to scale its growth significantly, especially in the residential and public sectors; and ensure it has the capacity, relationships and resources to deliver on this growth.
Explaining the benefits of green building for the public sector, Modise says: “Government is a property investor, landlord, tenant, accommodation provider and employer. These are all touchpoints that can benefit hugely from green building. Our metros, cities and towns can achieve big wins with green building -- financially, economically and environmentally. It’s straightforward, and we’re here to show them how.”
Modise has unique insight into the massive impact that green building has on the bottom lines and delivery of municipalities. Before joining GBCSA, she was the Strategic Executive Director of City Sustainability at the City of Tshwane where she played a key role in transforming Tshwane into the greenest and most sustainable city on the African continent.
“We can support municipalities in developing clear policies, making their properties more efficient, optimising their infrastructure, enhancing their income streams, attracting and securing development, appealing to the economically active population, and boosting the productivity of their staff and departments. We can help them create great places for people to live, work and visit,” says Modise.
When it comes to residential real estate development, GBCSA promotes neighbourhoods that are based on green principles to provide connected, healthy, affordable, and happy places to live.
Already, the residential sector is showing a rapid uptake in green building. So far 3,500 homes have been registered with GBCSA to target EDGE certification after only one year of the tool’s operation in South Africa.
Linking into this, GBCSA is expanding its education programmes and making them accessible to more people. In this way, it is responding to and supporting the rise in green building. GBCSA will be engaging with SETAs, academic institutions and others to create a wider range of education solutions, including programmes geared to the residential and public sectors.
“Green building can have a tremendously positive impact on the lives and livelihoods of so many South Africans. We are excited to set our course towards the next great destination on the country’s sustainability journey and make meaningful new inroads together with our country’s pioneering green building community,” says Modise.
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Vinci Facilities, Amey and Vivo win UK defence contracts
VINCI Facilities has been awarded an estimated £1.1 billion contract to provide facilities management services to Ministry of Defence (MoD) for its Built Estate across the South East of England. The total contract is for a seven-year term, with an option to extend for three additional years.
The deal includes £423m for the core contract and a potential £732m for billable works. It is one of four regional hard FM and capital works contracts and VINCI Facilities will be managing over 6,200 buildings and infrastructure assets supporting a significant number of MoD military and civilian personnel in over 59 establishments and is being mobilised now.
It is among a flurry of deals involving the MoD and Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) this month.
Amey has secured two contracts with the DIO to maintain Service Family Accommodation (SFA) across its Central and Northern regions.
The contracts, which fall under the Regional Accommodation Maintenance Services (RAMS) element of the Future Defence Infrastructure Services (FDIS) will run for seven years with an option to extend for an additional three. In addition to the core services, which include housing maintenance, the contracts will deliver improvement projects and refurbishment work to approximately 25,000 properties.
The contract award follows Amey successfully delivering maintenance solutions under National Housing Prime - procured under the Next Generation Estates contract in 2014. Amey’s defence team will work with the DIO to provide enhanced services, as outlined within the new FDIS requirement, through collaborative working and improved data management.
RAMS will support more than 500 jobs within Amey and its key supply chain partners in both the Central and Northern regions. New ways of working will provide opportunities for flexible employment, meaning members of the military community, parents, and carers will be able to access jobs. This will translate into more choice and flexibility for people living in SFA.
Craig McGilvray, Managing Director of Amey Secure Infrastructure, said: “We recognise the important role housing plays to military personnel and are committed to providing an enhanced service that not only improves living standards but contributes to thriving communities.
“Supporting and sustaining regional and local supply chain partners remains a core part of Amey’s agenda and we are pleased that our delivery model will support specialist contractors across Britain including Northern Ireland.”
Air Commodore James Savage, DIO Head of Accommodation, said: “Accommodation is such an important part of family life for Servicemen and women, which is why we collaborated closely with representatives of our Service personnel and their families to develop these contracts and ensure that their needs are fully considered.
“These new contracts offer the opportunity to break decisively from the past and to build on the commitments made by all suppliers to innovate and deliver more responsive and flexible services to the Armed Forces and their families.”
This month VIVO Defence Services (VIVO), a 50/50 Joint Venture between Serco, the international provider of services to governments, and ENGIE were awarded contracts to provide asset and facilities management services for the UK Defence built estate by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO).
VIVO has been awarded contracts for two of the four regions being tendered under Lot 3 of the Future Defence Infrastructure Services (FDIS) programme. VIVO will be responsible for providing services in the South West and Central regions of the UK, the largest two regions of the four that were competed, and which represent around 2/3rds of the MOD’s estimated value of Lot 3 of the Future Defence Infrastructure Services contracts.
The total core contract value to VIVO for the two regions is estimated to be around £900m over the initial seven-year period. There are a further three one-year extension options. In addition to the core fixed price contract for each region, there will be significant amounts of additional project work, which will be commissioned as required by the DIO. The Ministry of Defence estimates that they are likely to be worth a further £2.5bn over the initial seven-year term.