The Council for the Built Environment (CBE), located in Pretoria is a statutory body established under the Council for the Built Environment Act (No. 43 of 2000). It is an overarching body that coordinates six Professional Councils, (Architecture, Engineering, Landscape Architects, Project and Construction Management, Property Valuation, and Quantity Surveying).
1. promote and protect the interests of the public in the built environment.
2. promote and maintain a sustainable built environment and natural environment.
3. promote ongoing human resource development in the built environment.
4. facilitate participation by the built environment professions in integrated development in the context of national goals.
5. promote appropriate standards of health, safety and environmental protection within the built environment.
6. promote sound governance of the built environment professions.
7. promote liaison in the field of training in South Africa and elsewhere, and to promote the standards of such training in the country.
8. serve as a forum where the built environment professions can discuss relevant issues.
9. ensure uniform application of norms and guidelines set by the Professional Councils throughout the built environment.
The CBE Act was passed by Parliament in November 2000, and started its operation in September 2001. The Minister of Public Works appoints a twenty member Council and the first Council meeting was held on 8 April 2002. The CBE Council members are appointed based on the depth of their experience in their particular fields of expertise as well as their commitment to the advancement of the built environment professions.
The CBE Act was introduced in order to address certain shortcomings in the built environment and to enable a climate for ongoing transformation and development of the professions. In terms of the CBE Act the Council is, amongst others, responsible for transforming the professions, acting as a conduit between Government and the built environment professions, fostering growth of the professions, and contributing to the creation of a dynamic built environment.