Building Better Things – Beyond the Age of Incrementalism at GBCSA
Through the years, the annual GBCSA Green Building Convention has led discussions in South Africa around promoting sustainable changes in the built environment. Since GBCSA’s inception in 2007, the changes in the green building sector have been incremental, and also exponential. From Dare to Lead; the Race to Zero; Beyond – Shaping Cities of Tomorrow and, most recently, Near Possible – Mapping the Path to a Sustainable Future, the past Convention themes represented milestones on the GBCSA’s sustainable journey. One thing they all held in common was a ‘bigger picture’ perspective, and a call for collective action to achieve a built environment in which both people and the planet can thrive.
GBCSA’s annual green building conventions provide a wealth of exposure to leading local and international thoughts and ideas. The 2021 convention offers a hybrid of attendance options for both speakers and delegates, which provide attendees with the opportunity to either attend the Convention in person in Cape Town or virtually.
Integral Group is proud to be represented this year at GBCSA by Director, Global Sustainability Richard Palmer in his plenary session on:
Thursday, 4 November 2021 | 11:10 AM – 12:40 PM | Plenary 6
Speakers in Plenary 6:
- Designing with Science and Nature – Teresa von Dongen, Designer | Studio Teresa von Dongen
- The Vital Role of the Built Environment in Achieving the 2030 Goals – Tanya Dos Santos, Global Head of Sustainability | Investment Property Fund
- Building Better Things – Beyond the Age of Incrementalism – Richard Palmer, Director, Global Sustainability | Integral Group
Richard’s approach to urban sustainability is from an engineering perspective. His experience in sustainable design and procurement extends across the full breadth of the built environment with a particular specialism in the fields of green building design and planning and sustainable urban infrastructure. He integrates emerging trends in mobility, digital disruption, smart grids, healthy cities, and reconciliation on urban projects. Richard’s thought leadership on sustainable investment and assurance of non-financial performance, coupled with his design and delivery experience place him at the forefront of sustainability in the built environment. His experience and market exposure means Richard is a unique asset that can both manage and deliver sustainability outcomes at a precinct scale.
Time: 11:10 AM SAST
Speaker: Director, Global Sustainability Richard Palmer