Achieving net zero carbon emissions will be a key focus of the 11th Green Building Convention taking place in Cape Town in October this year. The event will also cover building with net zero impact on water, waste and ecology.

According to Dorah Modise, CEO of the Green Building Council of South Africa, the annual convention ‘acts as a culmination of our collective achievements over the preceding year as well as a platform to re-energise and craft our joint journey towards transforming the built environment’.

Among the speakers are environmentalist, entrepreneur, author and activist Paul Hawken; environmentalist and Mott Macdonald’s global head of urbanisation Anne Kerr; and Cape Town architect and urban designer Luyanda Mpahlwa.

As executive director of non-profit Project Drawdown, Hawken is dedicated to researching the reversal of global warming. Kerr has participated in city-scale projects in more than 30 countries and is an adviser to the Hong Kong Trade Development Council’s infrastructure advisory committee. Mpahlwa was a partner at MMA Architects before establishing his own architecture and design firm DesignSpaceAfrica in 2009. He is currently vice-president of the South African Institute of Architects.

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