About Solid Green
Through green building consulting, Green Star consulting and building simulation, we drive and guide project-design teams to create comfortable, healthy buildings that are highly efficient in their energy, water and resource utilisation. The result is a built environment which is more sustainable and better for all.7
Solid Green & the GBCSA
Solid Green is proud to be a member of the GBCSA. We have two people on the GBCSA faculty, who provide training to enhance the understanding of Green Star in the building industry. A contingent of five from Solid Green is also on the GBCSA assessment panel, carrying out submission assessments. Additionally, Solid Green has another two representatives serving on the GBCSA Assessment Committee, whose responsibility it is to ensure that the certification assessments and assessment processes remain of the highest quality.
We’ve dedicated more assistance by sponsoring the live-metering equipment for the GBCSA office, enabling the GBCSA staff to track and monitor their energy and water consumption. Solid Green also sponsors the live-metering equipment to the My Green Home project initiated by the GBCSA.
Meet the team
Chilufya Lombe is a mechanical engineer that has extensive experience in both performance and accreditation modelling for sustainability projects and performed energy modelling for the first Green Star rated office and retail buildings in South Africa. With a background in traditional mechanical design, Chilufya has a special interest in detailed modelling of building systems to optimise energy usage using advanced building simulation tools such as DesignBuilder and EnergyPlus.
Chilufya is also a member of the Green Building Council of South Africa’s education faculty and a member of their project assessment panel. With experience in both Green Star project management and all the required accreditation modelling Chilufya often performs a dual function on projects.
Marloes Reinink is the founder of Solid Green Consulting. She has an architectural background and has specialised in sustainable buildings and green building certification. She completed two master degrees with final thesis’s on ‘Sustainable School Design’ and ‘Energy Efficiency Labelling of Commercial Buildings’. Over the last years she has gained extensive experience with the Green Star SA system; she has been part of the development of the Retail tool and Public & Educational Buildings; and has implemented the Green Star system on several projects. She was the Green Star professional on the three projects that scored the first Green Star rating for Office (Nedbank Phase II), Retail (Villa Mall Pretoria) and Multi-Unit Residential (40-on-Oak at Melrose Arch) in South Africa. Marloes is a Green Star SA AP as well as a LEED Accredited Professional.
Warren Gray is a mechanical engineer who believes that good design using the most cutting edge tools represents the lowest hanging fruit and best payback periods on any project. He completed his thesis in energy simulation in buildings through UCT’s Energy Research Centre, and has since been involved in the performance and accreditation modelling of many of South Africa’s certified green buildings.
In his free time he lectures Applied Building Sciences to architecture students at The University of Johannesburg. Warren co-founded the Geothermal Energy Association of Southern Africa and has been featured in the Financial Mail, Build Africa and Engineering News publications. His side projects include the widely used and freely available SunHours simulation tool. He is currently interested in combining big data with energy metering through the Solid Insight project.
Alex Varughese is a Mechanical Engineer who graduated with a B-tech in Mechanical Engineering. Alex has background in HVAC installation and consulting. With a keen interest in energy modelling, Alex believes that the Energy savings of tomorrow in the built environment can be interpreted and communicated by the simulations of today.
Annelidé Sherratt studied architecture and is a Professional Senior Architectural Technologist. She is currently a sustainable building consultant and achieved the runner up, GBCSA award in 2012 for the category: ‘Green Star Rising’and the runner up, GBCSA award in 2015 for the category: Highest Rated Building- for the 6 Star Upper Grayston Block F office building. She is a Green Star SA Accredited Professional for New Buildings, Interiors, Existing Buildings Performance, the EDGE tool as well as a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction. She has 5 years experience in the industry and have worked on more than 20 projects certified with Green Star SA and LEED.
Bronwyn Knight is currently attaining her Bachelor of Accounting Science part time through UNISA. She handles the accounts and all round office admin at Solid Green, where she has been a part of the team since February 2014.
Dashiell Coville is a civil engineer with experience of on-site construction processes. He has a Masters of Engineering in civil engineering from Wits University which focused on project management and in particular project management information systems. He is an Green Star Accredited Professional for both new and existing building performance tools. During his time with Solid Green, Dash has gained knowledge in the Green Building environment and has assisted several developments in achieving their Green Star rating.
Gavin Westbrook has a background in construction project management in the South African building industry and has several years of on-site experience.
He has a Masters Degree in Project Management and has been a Green Star South Africa Accredited Professional since 2009. He has experience on both Green Star SA and LEED projects.
Gavin is a firm believer in Sustainable Design practices and their benefits, and applies them as far as practicable in projects and everyday life. He enjoys developing solutions to new challenges and working with new people.
Jessé graduated with a b-tech in Architectural Management with Interior Design as a major from the University of Johannesburg in 2011. With a background in furniture design and product development her interests grew to a point where it merged with sustainable design.
Mthokozisi Nxumalo is currently attaining his Bachelor of Environmental Science part time with UNISA. He has a wide-ranging background in the field of Architecture and has a keen interest in Engineering and the Built Environment. Owing to him joining the Solid Green Team, he has re-ignited his long burning fascination with having an in depth understanding of the environment; climate change, toxic waste, global warming and contributing to finding solutions around environmentally sustainable and socially responsible choices for individuals, schools, and communities.
Mthokozisi has accrued substantial experience with residential, commercial and retail projects. He believes that sustainability can’t be like some sort of a moral sacrifice or political dilemma or a philanthropical cause. It must be a design challenge!
Wayne De Villiers is an Architectural Draughtsman with extensive skills in 3-Dimensional modelling. He studied Architectural Technology at Inscape Design College, graduating in 2014, and has accrued substantial experience on-site with commercial and retail projects, as well in landscaping. Wayne is well versed in Green Building and Ecological studies and has a large appetite for knowledge across a wide nerd spectrum which includes the biological sciences, robotics and environmental and mechanical engineering, the last of which he is currently pursuing as a degree.
Zendré Compion has a Master in Architecture from the University of the Witwatersrand and undergraduate degrees in Architecture and Anthropology from the University of Pretoria. Zendré is interested in urban regeneration and passive design, is a Green Star Accredited Professional and works on New and Existing Building projects at Solid Green.
Meet the interns
Derisha Govender is an Architectural Technologist; she graduated with her undergraduate degree in architecture from Wits and spent a year as an intern at Solid Green learning more about sustainable building so that she could apply it to her work as she pursues her Honours degree in architecture at Wits in 2017.
Derisha believes that there are numerous benefits to sustainable building design; she completed the AP courses on the New Buildings and Existing Buildings Green Star Tools as well as the Edge tool course with the intention of getting a better grasp on what it take for a building to be “green”.