ASSA ABLOY South Africa’s membership to the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) reaffirms the company’s commitment to environmental responsibility by building green.
GBCSA is an independent, non-profit company formed in 2007 ‘to lead the greening of South Africa’s built environment’. It is one of 92 members of the World Green Building Council alongside Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom. The Council’s one thousand members represent all sectors of the built environment including property developers, investors, professional services, building contractors as well as building suppliers and manufacturers.
ASSA ABLOY SA, part of the international Swedish giant, ASSA ABLOY, is a leading global specialist in the manufacture and supply of secure, safe and convenient door opening systems and solutions to the local market for over a decade. ASSA ABLOY South Africa’s Vice President – Commercial Sales, Quintin Boukan explains why the decision to join the GBCSA was an easy one. “As an environmentally responsible company that is committed to environment sustainability and protecting our planet’s dwindling resources, we can identify with what the Council stands for. We recognise many parallels between our environmental policies and the GBCSA’s focus areas. We also share a similar vision ‘to promote, encourage and facilitate the development of green building in the South African property, building and construction industry.”
The GBCSA membership holds numerous advantages for ASSA ABLOY. “As a member, the company joins a global network of people who play an active role in changing the way the world is built. In undertaking this membership, ASSA ABLOY makes a commitment to ‘creating a sustainable future for people, place and planet’. Members also have website access to green building best practice information, research and case studies as well as on-going educational programmes on green building. GBCSA will be introducing a new online education platform for new and upgraded courses during 2014.
Buildings contribute to climate change in a number of ways, for example, location, area of land occupied, type and amount of energy consumed, etc. which all have a direct effect on the immediate and global environment. Boukan says that building green is thus fast becoming the norm rather than the exception because it “offers an opportunity to use resources efficiently, thereby reducing demand on our planet’s dwindling resources.”
“Green buildings are no longer the future but the present,” continues Boukan. “Because we believe in the importance of building green for the sustainable future of our planet, we want to be associated with organisations like the GBCSA that ‘leads the transformation of the South African property industry to ensure that buildings are designed, built and operated in an environmentally sustainable way’.”
ASSA ABLOY is a forerunner in green philosophies. The company anticipates the customers requirements and follow best practices throughout the supply chain, from initial material selection, to manufacture, packaging and final installation to be able to deliver green solutions.
The GBCSA developed the Green Star SA rating system and planted 1000 trees on behalf of all its members as part of a project to re-forest the Platbos Forest near Hermanus in the Western Cape. “It is initiatives such as these that confirm the value of our membership. ASSA ABLOY has a long-term commitment to environmental sustainability and we are proud to be associated with the GBCSA,” concludes Boukan.