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Cape Town to host 2014 Green Building Convention

Cape Town to host 2014 Green Building Convention

Mar 11, 2014

11 March 2014 ~ The leading green building event in South Africa – the 7th Annual Green Building Convention brought to you by The Green Building Council of South Africa – will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 10 – 12 September 2014.

One of the highlights on the South African property and sustainability calendar, the Green Building Convention – sponsored by Nedbank Corporate Property Finance – is highly regarded for delivering an engaging programme by securing thought leaders from around the globe who deliver inspiration and insight into the latest green building and sustainability trends.

Already confirmed in this year’s speaker line-up, and in keeping with the theme of focusing on our own continent, is Zimbabwean Architect Michael Pearce. Committed to creating architecture that is appropriate to its surrounding environment and climate, Pearce was the project architect on the well-known Eastgate development in Harare.

Completed in 1996, this major office and retail centre is entirely cooled by natural systems and makes fantastic use of passive design, a bold step from the all-glass high-rise unsuitable in warm, tropical climates. He has spent his career specialising in buildings which have low maintenance, low capital and running costs and make use of renewable energy systems, taking most of his inspiration from nature.

With Eastgate, Pearce looked to the termite mounds that dot the savannah of Zimbabwe. Like offices, these mud masterpieces must maintain a certain constant temperature range throughout the day. They do this by both exhausting hot air through the “chimneys” and simultaneously allowing cooler air to filter through the “elevations” and sink to the base of the mounds.

Eastgate was, and still is, a fantastic success and set Pearce on a passionate architectural journey to enhance sustainability and diversity in the built environment. He then moved to Melbourne, where he became city architect and led the design for the Council House Two (CH2) building, the Municipal Offices for Melbourne City Council.

Completed in 2006 and located in the central business district, the city wanted to showcase its agenda on sustainability by building and exemplar green building. Following on from principles formed at Eastgate, the building responds to the natural, socio-cultural and economic environment of its specific location, mimicking the way nature’s ecosystems are embedded and symbiotic with its surrounds.

The building was Australia’s first 6 Star Green Star rated building and is always held up as an iconic and pioneering green building. Pearce has now moved back to Harare, bringing his talent home to African soil.

The 2014 programme will offer two days of selected keynote presentations and panel discussions. The successful Brainwave Stage from last year’s convention is back and will feature short, TED-like presentations from the green building community. This will all be enriched by an exhibition created to encourage business to business opportunity, stimulate the green economy and inspire both our local and international colleagues.

The convention also offers optional pre-conference education courses and programmes, as well as building tours of Green Star SA certified buildings. In addition, there are a number of social events surrounding the convention. If 2013 is anything to go by, these are not to be missed.

The Green Building Convention provides outstanding networking opportunities with key decision-makers and industry professionals. Registration for this not-to-be-missed event is expected to open during the month of March.

For more information and to book please visit www.gbcsa.org.za

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