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. Download brochure.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.
Muhammed Aadil Fayzoo is a recent graduate, completing his Honours degree in Construction Management at the University of Witwatersrand.
Having had the opportunity to take on research in the field of sustainability during his final year, his group thesis on “Using Domicology to aid the transformation of abandoned buildings in Johannesburg CBD” was selected by the GBCSA to present at their 2021 convention. That experience was a catalyst for his interest in the field and he had grown certain that he wanted to forge a career path in the field of sustainability within the construction industry.
After getting his safety boots dirty and his construction knowledge worthy of a Site Foreman following graduation, he joined Solid Green in October and hopes that his journey as a Green Building Consultant will allow him the opportunity to explore all there is to learn in the field of sustainability and make a difference to the world for the present and the future.
Adrie has a Master in Architecture from the University of the Witwatersrand, a Postgraduate Diploma in Green Cities for Eco-Efficiency from the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies at the Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands and an undergraduate degree in Town & Regional Planning from the University of Pretoria. Adrie has more than 19 years’ experience in development economics, urban management, and sustainable design.
She has worked on South African-, Africa- and Australia-based green design projects, and was the lead Green Star Accredited Professional tasked with creating a suitable custom Healthcare tool for South Africa which she also implemented on the first hospital in Africa to do so, which secured a 5-Star Green Star Design certification. Trained as a Climate Reality Leader by former US Vice President Al Gore, a Living Future Ambassador, an EcoDistrict™ AP as well as a Green Star AP+ and a director of the Regenerative Collaborative of South Africa Adrie is a strong advocate for moving away from business-as-usual, for getting off the path of least resistance and motivating for new ways to approach development and design in a way that is mindful of our impact on the communities around us, supporting the environment for future generations and shifting mindsets along the way.
Andrew Chileshe is a mechanical engineer that is passionate about technology, innovation and learning more. With interests in energy modelling and the sustainable building environment, he has gained extensive experience with IFC’s Edge and currently works on the modelling and simulations department at Solid Green. Andrew believes that any little effort towards making a positive change is never too small towards making a positive impact.
Annelidé Sherratt has a Masters of Science in Energy and Sustainable Building Design from the University of De Montfort In Leicester (Cum Laude). She has an undergraduate degree in Architecture from the University of Johannesburg. Annelidé is a Professional Senior Architectural Technologist (Prof.S.Arch.T) and currently the Head of the Green Building Certifications department at Solid Green Consulting. Annelide has over 10 years’ experience in the industry and has completed more than 40 certifications with Green Star SA or LEED. Annelidé specialises in projects targeting high level sustainability ratings as cost effective as possible. She is a Green Star SA Accredited Professional in all Green Star tools, the WELL tool, the EDGE tool, as well as a LEED AP in New Building Design and Construction, Neighbourhoods and Interiors. She achieved the GBCSA awards in 2018 for the following categories : Highest Rated Building- 78 Corlett Drive (Winner), Net Zero Innovation- Vleihuis Multi Unit Residential Development (Runner up) and Green Star Established- Annelide Sherratt (Runner up).
Cebisa is a Sustainability Consultant who completed a B. Architectural Studies from NMMU. She is particularly passionate about finding architectural solutions with sustainability at the core driver in design decisions. She has a keen interest in rural development and hopes to one day assist rural communities develop modern and sustainable solutions to everyday challenges around building development, sanitation and education facilities, while maintaining the essence of rural life.
With experience that spans almost 9 years and includes formal architecture, lighting design and sustainable building design she is an AP in Interiors and New Building.
Having joined Solid Green in August 2021, she is focused on assisting the team and clients to achieve ratings as well as exchange knowledge and skills in order to lower the negative impact of development on the environment while ensuring buildings are well designed spaces for the people that live and work inside them.
Elri holds a Bachelor’s in Architecture Degree from NMU. Her passion to actively make a positive impact on the environment inspired her to contribute to the industry as an Accredited Professional in Green Buildings.
In 2021, she joined Solid Green as an intern Sustainability Consultant, assisting project team members and clients to achieve high performing, sustainable developments.
Elri believes sustainability extends beyond the building and its envelope. It positively impacts business practices and operations as well as the overall health and wellbeing of its occupants. She is therefore committed to realize the client’s vision in a mindful way.
Jeffy Palamattam was born and bred in Mthatha, Eastern Cape and went on to study his Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering Degree at the University of Cape Town. His experiences of nature has convinced him that it is a human beings responsibility to contribute positively towards the environment we live in. As an engineer, he believes in making good and efficient designs and is keen on constantly learning new things. Jeffy currently works on the modelling and simulations department. He has interests across a broad range of fields, from guitar, dancing and hiking to enjoying a good read
Jennifer Dean is a registered Professional Architect and aspiring Sustainability Consultant, with a Green Star AP accreditation in New Buildings. An avid photographer of landscapes, architecture and people, she also loves travelling as she believes much can be learnt from others and the past.
In joining Solid Green, she hopes to use her more than 10 years’ experience and knowledge as an architect in practice to influence the built environment – especially in relation to the impact of buildings as a whole and a sum of its parts. She firmly believes that everything is connected, and that development and building strategies should be continually refined, in order to future proof the environment for generations to come. She hopes to use the various sustainability building tools to account for and encourage a symbiosis between buildings and the environment.
Kamohelo Selepe was born and bred in Soweto, holds an Honors degree in Construction Management obtained from the University of the Witwatersrand, holds a Net-Zero professional team member certificate and currently working towards a New Buildings and Major Refurbishments AP certificate.
She has a passion for sustainability in the built environment and is on the journey to add value on advancing sustainability awareness in the engineering and built environment industry. She believes green building is a great initiative to curb the impact that construction projects have on the environment, that it also encourages the development and spread of innovative technologies, designs and processes that could improve buildings’ environmental performance. With the love for the Built environment and Sustainability, she believes she can learn a lot and hopefully broaden the knowledge to projects in the townships and small construction businesses.
Kamohelo Selepe was born and bred in Soweto and holds an Honours degree in Construction Management from the University of the Witwatersrand, a Net-Zero professional team member certificate and a Green Star Accredited Professional New Buildings and Major Refurbishments certificate. She would describe her role as fostering strategies that professional teams can use to incorporate green building measures, while providing technical assistance on environmentally sustainable buildings.
Kamohelo initially signed up for built environment studies to become a Quantity Surveyor because she was inspired by my Civil Technology teacher in high school. However, when she was in my second and third years, she was introduced to Building Science. What is important to Kamohelo as a young person in the field of sustainability is making a difference, learning new techniques to help in reducing the over consumption of non-renewable resources. In the built environment especially, she’d like to be able to advise on using different kinds of materials that produce less harmful chemicals in the atmosphere or in the building itself where the wellbeing of occupants is of utmost importance.
Kamohelo believes that green building is a great initiative to curb the impact that construction projects have on the environment, and that it also encourages the development and spread of innovative technologies, designs and processes that could improve buildings’ environmental performance.
Makhosazana Mthethwa is an Architect qualified with a master’s degree from the University of Cape Town in 2013. She also became a Green Star Accredited Professional in 2009. Her experience over the years has straddled both formal architecture as well as sustainable building design.
Her role at Solid Green role is to facilitate project green building certifications through the Green Star South Africa and IFC’s Edge tools across Africa.
Furthermore, she plays a supportive role in the development of sustainable architectural design strategies. This includes concepts for façade design, solar control, daylight and thermal comfort design for both passive & mechanically driven buildings.
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!
Ranjita Pillai is a Professional Architect and Green Star Accredited Professional in New Buildings and Major Refurbishments. She completed her architectural studies at Pune University, India, and a part-time course in landscape design in South Africa. Her work experience spans over a decade in architecture and she has now embarked on a journey to focus on sustainability with Solid Green as a Green Building Consultant. She strongly believes that the world can be a better place with every conscious step we take toward a sustainable tomorrow.
Ruth has completed a diploma in Economics and Management Sciences through UNISA and has done a number of office administration diplomas. She is currently enrolled for a B Com Accounting degree through UNISA. Ruth Ndlovu is Performance driven, Goal-oriented and motivated individual with 10+ Years of extensive experience in performing diverse administrative functions to support the daily operations of a professional office setting. I take my job seriously and once assigned a task, will see it through to completion. I’m Equipped with a proven track record of maintaining office records and multitasking in a fast-paced environment and skilled in prioritising and completing tasks quick and independently.
I love gardening and I believe shopping is a therapy on its own.
Samantha Phiri studied Accountancy at the University of Johannesburg after growing up in Rustenburg in the North West. She joined the Solid Green team in July 2021 and is the process of obtaining her CIMA qualification.
“As a young professional, I think that staying up to date with current technology, and developments in the economy and environment, is extremely important.
“I am very open to new technologies and knowledge, and believe that technology can go a long way towards simplifying finances and making accounting processes easier to understand, more efficient and paperless. I take pride in being diplomatic and having good people skills. For me, the way to success is to get to know everyone in the team and set yourself goals. Communication also plays a hugely important role and I am always open to learning and receiving criticism.
“My experience at Solid Green to date is influencing my direction in a very positive way. I am gaining a broader understanding of the built environment and am becoming more aware of what true energy efficiency and green building really means. This knowledge is opening up a whole new chapter in my life. I am looking forward to learning more and collaborating with the team to make this world a greener place!”
Thato Molapo was born and raised in Vereeniging. He is a nature enthusiast who loves to laugh and is passionate about learning new things. Thato has a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pretoria and studied mechanical engineering because of his passion for problem solving and the broad nature of the discipline. Since graduating Thato has worked as a project manager and engineer within the financial training and HVAC industries respectively.
As a young person working in the field of sustainability, Thato believes it is important for us to act and take responsibility for our future. In his role at Solid Green as Modelling & Simulation Consultant, he is contributing to the advancement of the built environment through high-performance building solutions and innovation.
Wardah Peters is generally a Go-getter and strives for a balance in her career, sport and other aspirations. She is goal orientated and believes that nothing is unattainable with hard work. Wardah has an undergrad degree in Construction Studies and an honors degree in Quantity Surveying. She is also in the process of completing her Masters in Property Development and Management. Wardah’s journey with sustainability in the Built Environment started within her honors degree where her research participated in the first Greenovate competition.
Her team’s research took 3rd place within the country. These achievements and new passion for Green Buildings led to her becoming an Accredited Professional in Green Buildings for New Build and Major Refurbishments. She has done a number of other certificates inclusive of Short Courses in Project Management as well as EDGE Training. Her main career goal is to be known as both a Property and Sustainability Expert.
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.
Wish Mundondo is a young prospective mechanical engineer, class of 2023, at the university of
Pretoria. He is passionate about solving the energy crisis in the world, Africa to be
specific. He is interested in studies that involve renewable sources of energy and
energy conservation methods. His goal is to study energy use by machines or in the
field of infrastructure. Wish is also enthusiastic about bionic studies. Being an athletic
person, he is passionate about improving the world for Paralympic athletes by
designing highly efficient bionic limbs for amputees. Through his internship with Solid
Green Consulting, Wish has become well versed with the field of Green Buildings
and has learned skills in EDGE certification. He has also acquired his EDGE training
certificate. His drive in the two above mentioned field comes from his passion to help
people and make the world a better place to live.
Xenia Scott is an Environmental designer passionate about sustainability within the built environment, with a keen interest in passive and active sustainable design and renewable energy systems. She possesses a Bachelor of Design in Environmental Design from Inscape Higher Education. She believes in preserving the planet for future generations, and intends to contribute towards protecting the planet through the built environment.
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”.