Growthpoint Properties Limited
Rudolf Pienaar has been amongst those at the forefront of South Africa’s movement for green building and a sustainable built environment since 2008.
Rudolf is a divisional director of Growthpoint Properties, South Africa’s largest JSE-listed REIT and a JSE ALSI 40 company, which has property assets valued at nearly R100 billion and measuring approximately 6.6 million m². Growthpoint is a JSE Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Index company and a Dow Jones Sustainability Index company. It is also a top performer in the CDP Climate Performance Index. Growthpoint also participated in the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark Survey in 2014. Investec developed an ESG rating similar to that of a credit rating. Public information and several other ESG sources such as MSCI are used to compile the rating. Growthpoint is the only company that achieved an ESG rating of A.
Leading the way in green building in South Africa, Growthpoint is a Platinum Founding Member of the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA). It co-sponsored the GBCSA.s Energy and Water Benchmarking Tool. Growthpoint also plays an active role in piloting new tools with the GBCSA and is presently participating in the pilot programmes for the Green Star SA Existing Building Performance Tool and the Socio-Economic Category. Growthpoint has also partnered with the GBCSA for the Greenovate Awards – an initiative launched in March 2015 to inspire and encourage students of the built environment to discover, explore and invent ways to live more sustainably. The awards are designed to help link environmental challenges to innovative thinking, and are being piloted at three leading South African universities.
Growthpoint owns or co-owns the largest portfolio GBCSA certified green buildings of any one company in the South Africa: 10 buildings certified for design or ‘as built’. Its leadership in green building and sustainability innovation is widely recognised.
Rudolf is Deputy Chairperson of the GBCSA Board. He has been a board member since September 2010 and chairs its Marketing Committee and is a member of its Executive Committee. He shares his 30 years’ experience in the property industry and has his experience in senior management positions of five listed property companies. He has been a director of management companies of Barprop, Primegro and is currently a divisional director of Growthpoint, director of Acucap, a R16.8 billion fund, and the V&A Waterfront. Rudolf also serves on the Advisory Board of the Department of Construction Economics at the University of Pretoria.
An avid advocate of green building, Rudolf is responsible for Growthpoint’s significant R32 billion portfolio of offices, which is considered South Africa’s premier office portfolio. He is also a key member of the Growthpoint development team, which leads the company’s development of new green buildings, and has, so far, developed over R7.2 billion measuring 355,000m² in properties.