EDGE is fast, easy to use, affordable and helps choose technical solutions while capturing costs, projected operational savings and measures for the best investment return on green buildings.
The Green Business Certification Inc (GBCI), in partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), on July 8, 2015 launched ‘EDGE’ green building certification system in India to mainstream resource-efficient buildings across the country in a fast, simple and affordable way.
Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies (EDGE) is a certification system for new residential and commercial buildings that enables design teams and project owners to assess the most cost-effective ways to incorporate energy and water saving options in their buildings.
EDGE is a green building certification system for nearly 100 emerging market countries that is an innovation of IFC, a member of the World Bank Group. GBCI, that certifies green business industry performance and practice globally, has partnered with IFC for this unique application. EDGE empowers builders to choose technical solutions while capturing costs and projected operational savings. It helps building designers discover the most ideal bundle of measures for the best investment return on their green buildings.
EDGE creates a new global standard specifying that a green building achieves a minimum reduction of 20 per cent in energy, water and embodied energy in materials as compared to an ordinary building. It helps mitigate climate change by encouraging resource-efficient development.
To reach the EDGE minimum standard, a building must achieve a 20 per cent reduction in energy and water consumption, as well as the energy used to make the construction materials.
“By helping project teams implement financially attractive measures, EDGE will help push the new construction market in India forward,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President, GBCI & COO, US Green Building Council (USGBC). “What’s more, strategies applied in EDGE can later be leveraged and upgraded to more comprehensive green building practices” he added.
Prashant Kapoor, Principal Green Building Specialist, IFC, said, “GBCI’s willingness to take on this enormous challenge is a breakthrough in IFC’s ambition to promote green building growth in emerging markets in order to help tackle climate change.”
To this, Ramanujam added, “GBCI’s overarching mission is to transform the built environment. EDGE allows us to broaden our scope and affect market transformation on an even greater scale. By also certifying EDGE buildings at the entry level spectrum, we are furthering the education of the market when it comes to sustainable and efficient construction practices.”