An innovation of IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, EDGE is a fast and easy to use mass market transformation tool. It empowers developers and builders to quickly identify the most cost effective ways to reduce energy use, water use and embodied energy in materials. The strategies integrated into the project design are verified by an EDGE Auditor and certified by GBCI. 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 app 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 homes, offices, hotels, retail and hospitals.
Green Business Certification Inc. (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, PEER, WELL, SITES, GRESB, Parksmart and TRUE.
GBCI administers EDGE certification in over 120 countries around the world and is the exclusive certification provider for all EDGE buildings in India. View the full list of countries where GBCI offers EDGE certification.