Green Building Conference

A two day event on the 14th and 15th of June 2016

Green Building Conference 2017

This year’s conference is set firmly against the backdrop of the Paris Agreement signed in November 2016. The Paris Agreement sets out to achieve three outcomes: hold the increase in global average temperature to well below 2C above pre-industrial levels recognizing that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change; increasing the ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change and foster climate resilience and low greenhouse gas emissions development; and making finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development.

Given the reference to pre-industrial levels in the Paris Agreement use will be made of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings to set the scene. The conference will explore the three Paris Agreement’s outcomes within the localized context of South Africa, and its urban settlements. In doing this the conference is structured around four themes: climate change; ecology; city resilience; and green building. Each theme will have a keynote address by a specialist in that theme, supported by additional experts who will present practical interventions and solutions.

We are pleased to announce that a number of international and national experts have already agreed to present at this year’s conference with the few remaining speaking slots waiting for speaker confirmation. We have no doubt that the content of the 2017 Green Building Conference will position the conference as one of the best yet held, if not the best.

Reserve your seat for 14th June 2016
Reserve your seat for 15th June 2016

Green Building Conference Day 1 – Programme





9:00 – 9:10

City Manager

Welcome & Introduction

9:10 – 9:30

Llewellyn van Wyk

Tolkien, Rivendell and Isengard: Setting the Scene

9:30 – 10:10

Prof Francois Engelbrecht

Keynote: Climate Change and the Built Environment

10:10 – 10:30

Dr Dirk Conradi

Passive design response to SA climate change

10:30 – 11:00






11:00 – 11:30

Claire Janisch

Keynote: Biomimicry & the Built Environment

11:30 – 11:50

Dr. Piet Vosloo

Ecology & Buildings

11:50 – 12:10

Graham Young

Landscape Urbanism

12:10 – 12:30

Yolandi Schoeman

Natural & Engineered Wetlands

12:30 – 14:00



14:00 – 17:00

Design for Sustainability Workshop

Project Bankability Workshop

Green Business Incubation Workshop

Sustainability & Integration Reporting Workshop

Public Policy Workshop


17h30 – 20h30

Eco-Logic Awards

Reserve your seat for Green Building 1 – 14th June

Green Building Conference Day 2 – Programme


09h00 – 10h30




09:00 – 9:30

Dr Carlos Leite (Brazil)

Keynote: Resilient Cities

09:30 – 09:50

Zahira Asmal

The Inclusive City

09:50 – 10:10

Dr Daniel Ururah (Kenya)

Keynote: Resilient Buildings

10:10 – 10:30

Dr Prashant Kapoor (USA)

The EDGE Tool

11:00 – 11:20






11:00 – 11:20


Greening a City Precinct: Menlyn Maine

11:20 – 11:40

Mfundo Xulu

Case Study: DPW Green Building Guidelines

11:40 – 12:00

Llewellyn van Wyk

Case Study: Cofimvaba Science Centre

12:00 – 12:15

Llewellyn van Wyk

Summary & Closure

Reserve your seat for Green Building 2 – 15th June

Speakers and Panelists

Prof Piet Vosloo

Piet is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Pretoria

He holds degrees in architecture and landscape architecture; he teaches and practices in both disciplines. His company, kwpCREATE, is a well-established multi-disciplinary consulting practice which has won numerous architectural and landscape architectural awards.

He has authored numerous articles in journals and presented papers at national conferences and international conferences in the USA, Chile, Bulgaria, Australia and Kenya. His main research interests deal with sustainable design in the built environment, appropriate construction material use and urban storm water management to ensure urban resilience.

Graham Young

Graham is a registered landscape architect in private practice and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Pretoria where he heads the Landscape Architecture Undergraduate Programme.

His interests and experience lie in landscape architecture, urban design and environment planning. He holds a degree in landscape architecture from the University of Toronto and has practiced in Canada and Africa where he has spent most of his working life.

During his 35 year career he has received numerous Institute of Landscape Architects of South Africa and other industry awards. He has published widely on landscape architectural issues and has had projects published both locally and internationally in design journals and books. He was a founding member of Newtown Landscape Architects where, through his leadership, the firm won a number of local and international design awards. He has been a visiting studio critic at the University of Witwatersrand and University of Cape Town and was invited to the University of Rhode Island, USA as their 2011 Distinguished International Scholar. A ‘niche’ speciality is Visual Impact Assessment for which he has been cited with an ILASA Merit Ward.

Yolandi Schoeman

Yolandi has over 10 years’ experience in environmental-, waste and water management and ecological engineering and has been involved in a number of innovative and ground breaking environmental projects. Previous employers include Highveld Steel and Vanadium Limited, CSIR, SANPARKS, Singita Lebombo, Private Game Reserves, Tertiary Educational Institutions and Engineering Consulting Firms. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Civil Engineering and also a second Masters candidate in an international integrated water resources management degree. Yolandi is a winner in the 2015 Green City Start-Up Challenge and the winner of the 2016 Eco-Logic Eco-Innovation award and also the overall winner of the 2016 GCIP-SA Programme for Small and Medium Enterprises with her innovation “awetbox” (a Wetland in a Box). Yolandi also received the reward as the most promising Women Led Business in the GCIP-SA 2016 programme for Small and Medium Enterprises. She was also named 1 of 200 Mail and Guardian’s Young South African’s for 2015. She is the founder of various institutions including the Ecological Engineering Institute of Africa where she continues to strengthen networks across Africa towards one common goal: Africa’s sustainability.

Carlos Leite

Carlos Leite is an Urbanist with a Master and PhD from University of Sao Paulo and a Posdoc from California Polytechnic State University in Sustainable Urban Development.

He is Professor at the School of Architecture and Planning, Mackenzie Presbyterian University, Sao Paulo, and has been Visiting Professor and Lecturer at several institutions including UC Berkeley, Stanford, Parsons/NY, Columbia, Amsterdam Academy and IaaC/Barcelona.

He co-ordinates the Smart Informal Cities Lab, Sao Paulo.

He is author of “Cidades Sustentáveis, Cidades Inteligentes” [Sustainable and Smart Cities, Bookman, 2012].

In 2017 he was appointed Director at Sao Paulo-Urbanismo, São Paulo City Hall