M.Christian Smith Design Studio recently became a member of the Green Building Council South Africa, another step towards becoming a leader in sustainable and contemporary green Interior and Architectural design solutions and problem solving. The GBCSA mission is to promote, encourage and facilitate green building in the South African property and construction industry through market-based solutions.

GBCSA is one of over 95 members of the World Green Building Council alongside Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom. Green Building Council SA has developed the Green Star SA rating system and is the official certification body for Green Star SA projects.

The Green Star SA Accredited Professional – Interiors programme is a 3 part programme and provides a comprehensive overview of the Green Star SA rating system for Interiors for the objective measurement and rating of the environmental performance of interior fit-outs. It provides insight into all major aspects that should be considered in the design and construction of green interiors.

A very proud moment is that I recently completed the course and passed the exam, allowing me to consult and submit Green Star SA rated building applications for Interior fit-outs. It also provides a solid foundation to design interiors with a consideration for sustainable design solutions, even for projects that don’t necessarily want to achieve a Green Star SA rating.