EDGE enables design teams and project owners to assess the most cost effective ways to incorporate energy and water saving options into their buildings.
An innovation of IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, EDGE is comprised of a web-based software application, a universal standard and a certification system.
- The EDGE software application is free at edgebuildings.com. The software quickly predicts savings in energy, water and embodied energy of materials as compared to a localized base case and estimates utility savings, capital costs, and the payback period. Within minutes, a building designer can determine the optimum combination of design strategies for the best return on investment.
- EDGE creates a new global standard by requiring that a building achieve a projected minimum reduction of 20 percent in energy and water use, and embodied energy in materials as benchmarked against a standard building.
- Certification is offered at a modest cost by GBCI in order to validate project achievements for financial and community stakeholders. EDGE certification applies to new construction, existing buildings and major renovations of the following building types—homes, offices, hotels, retail, and hospitals.
EDGE certification is available from GBCI in over 120 countries around the globe. GBCI is the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally. Through rigorous certification and credentialing standards, GBCI drives adoption of green building and business practices. GBCI is the only certification and credentialing body within the green business and sustainability industry to exclusively administer project certifications and professional credentials of LEED, EDGE, PEER, WELL, SITES, GRESB, Parksmart and Zero Waste.
GBCI is a global certification provider for EDGE and the exclusive certification provider for EDGE projects in India. View the full list of countries where GBCI offers EDGE certification.