The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) is one of 75 members of the World Green Building Council alongside Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom. Founded in 2007, GBCSA are a dedicated team working in collaboration with industry bodies, leaders, government departments and professionals to develop market-based green building solutions for the transformation of the South African property industry.
We are a member based organisation whose core focus is green building certification and training. We advocate for all buildings to be designed, built and operated in an environmentally sustainable manner.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a rating system that provides a framework for efficient and cost saving green buildings that create a healthy environment. LEED credits are achieved by earning points for Indoor Environmental Quality, requiring paints to meet VOC content and emissions limits. Points are also available for products with EPDs (Environmental Product Declarations).
Paint plays a role in the following LEED sections:
I. LEED section: Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)
Low-Emitting Materials requires paints to meet specific limits for VOC content. This section also requires paints to meet the limits of VOC emissions, proven by certifications listed in the standard.
II. LEED section: Materials & Resources (MR)
Credits are available for products with Environmental Product Declarations; third-party certified declarations showcasing the product’s environmental performance.