Green Building Council appoints new chair

Green Building Council appoints new chair

2015-01-20 16:30

Johannesburg - Seana Nkhahle has been appointed the chairperson of the Green Building Council of SA (GBCSA), the organisation said on Tuesday.

"We are happy to welcome Seana Nkhahle on board as the council's new chairperson," said CEO Brian Wilkinson.

"He brings with him extensive experience in terms of sustainability knowledge in his academic work as well as the work he has done in consulting and in local government." Nkhahle holds a Bsc (Hons) Town and Regional Planning from Wits University.

He was an executive director at the SA Local Government Association, responsible for corporate strategy and research.

Prior to this he was the executive manager and national programmes co-ordinator at the South African Cities Network from 2005 to 2009.

In both these roles he facilitated partnerships and support to selected municipalities to improve sustainability in their operations with particular emphasis on energy, water and land use management.

The GBCSA was established in 2007 to promote green building development in the country.

It is a member of the World Green Building Council.

Nkhahle said he was looking forward to the opportunity of heading the board of the GBCSA and playing a meaningful role in transforming the building industry towards a greener future.

"I want to draw on my experience in sustainable urban development and local government in taking the GBCSA into the next phase of its journey," he said.

"The council is at an important chapter, where green building is gradually gaining momentum.

"People, private companies and government are realising that managing climate change is becoming increasingly important and that green building is a crucial element to this effect," he said.