As I write the last Editor’s Note of 2021, we are sitting on approximately 625 days under Covid lockdowns. It has been a very trying time for everyone and beyond anything we have surely experienced in our lifetime.

Yet, South Africans are a resilient bunch, and we always have a knack of bouncing back and getting on with things. Ask any sports commentator what happens when the Springbok rugby team are “wounded”, and they will assure you that we come back harder and faster than ever before.

So with Covid fatigue very much at the forefront of all of our minds and spirits, let us see out this year with as much positivity as we can muster. It has been an even longer and tougher year than 2020, so we all deserve a good pat on the back.

Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected. Sustainability is about survival. The goal of resilience is to thrive.
Jamais Cascio

We are happy to report that all is not doom and gloom. The GBCSA announced that 140 buildings were certified over the past year – a record number, illustrating the growing momentum of green building in South Africa. The announcement was made during the GBCSA’s flagship Green Building Convention that was held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre last month, which was a rip-roaring success.

At the close of the 2021 Convention, aptly named – One – for One Planet. One Chance, in a time we really need to take a good long hard look at ourselves and the way we treat the planet we survive on, the Green Leadership award winners were announced. Readers can read more about the winners of the year in this edition. We congratulate all the winners.
We cannot thank you enough for all of your support this year. From our entire team, we want to wish you a happy festive season and a prosperous 2022!

Robbie Stammers