Green building courses in Durban 5/03

29 Jan 2013

The Green Building Council of South Africa, leaders in green building authority are offering two engaging and practical workshops in Durban in the month of March.

Green Star SA Accredited Professional Course

The number of certified Green Star SA rated buildings in South Africa has almost doubled, which means the built environment industry is starting to view green building as best practice.

Become a Green Star SA Accredited Professional by completing the first requirement, the Green Star SA Accredited Professional course in Durban on Tuesday 5 March at the Gateway Hotel.

The course gives a comprehensive overview of the Green Star SA building rating system and trains industry professionals on each category and credit within the rating system (Management, Indoor Environmental Quality, Energy, Transport, Water, Materials, Land Use & Ecology, Emissions, Innovations, Integrated Design).  After attending the course, an optional exam can be written online, earning the successful candidates the designation of “Green Star SA Accredited Professional”.

The course is relevant to anyone involved in the building and development sector, whether developers, architects, engineers, property managers, product manufacturers and contractors, and it is becoming essential to acquire the relevant knowledge and qualifications on green building, rating systems and accreditation.  As an Accredited Professional you will be better positioned and equipped to join a Consulting team who apply for a Green Star SA building certification.

The number of certified Green Star SA rated buildings in South Africa has grown from 10 built between 2007 and 2011, to 28 today. This means the number of rated buildings has doubled over the last year which indicates that the built environment industry is starting to view green building as best practice.

For those wanting to learn more about Green Star SA rating tools and how they might be useful to your projects, book for the Green Star SA Accredited Professional course as it is validated for 1 CPD point in category one from CESA and SAIA.

Greening the Inside: Commercial Interiors

After completing the Green Star SA Accredited Professional course, an optional exam can be written online, earning the successful candidates the designation of “Green Star SA Accredited Professional”.

The workshop explains the key issues for greening commercial interiors and how to integrate best-practices into the design process and project implementation.  The offering is in light of the forthcoming development of an interiors rating tool by the GBCSA that will address tenant interior fit outs across different market segments.

The proposed Green Star SA – Interiors rating tool will assess the design, construction and refurbishments of interior spaces in existing buildings, as well as new buildings and the types of buildings to be addressed by the tool will be broad, including offices, retail stores, restaurants, hotels, galleries, public buildings and hospitals.

Michelle Ludwig, commercial sustainable interior architect and expert green design consultant will be facilitating this interactive in Durban on Wednesday 6 March at the Gateway Hotel.

Ludwig says interiors are where people spend 80 percent of their day and the workshop explores how we create enjoyable spaces while minimising environmental impact. “For both new construction and retrofits, applying green principles to interiors has many benefits – health, productivity, resource savings, certification and increased marketability.”

Ludwig says the course highlights issues relating to initiating a ‘green’ project regarding layout, choices in materials, IAQ (indoor air quality), energy efficiency in lighting, water conservation, client benefits, and how they relate to Green Star principles and rating systems.

The content that will be covered includes incentives, planning, pre-design, budget, construction; post construction and green design – which incorporates water, Internal Environment Quality, day-lighting, energy, materials evaluation and project accreditation.  "Green design projects can be lengthy journeys and it is always helpful to at least have a map of where you want to go," she says.

The course is suitable for anyone involved in building selection, brief development, consultant engagement, project design and delivery, supervision or construction of interiors projects.  No green building knowledge or experience is required and attendees will earn 0.3 CPD points in category 1 from both SAIA and CESA.

For more information on these courses or to book, click here.

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