Certification

Pricing

As part of GBCI's commitment to provide excellent, value-added service to our clients, we now offer free online on-demand EDGE training in English for up to two project team members for each registered EDGE project.

Introductory Registration & Certification Fees for Projects in India


Individual homes/single family dwelling unit pricing

Built-up area (m2), excluding parking
Registration
Certification
0-200 m2 ₹ 10,000 ₹ 20,000
201-350 m2 ₹ 10,000 ₹ 25,000
351-500 m2 ₹ 15,000 ₹ 30,000
501-750 m2 ₹ 15,000 ₹ 35,000
751-1,000 m2 ₹ 20,000 ₹ 50,000
>1,000 m2 ₹ 20,000 ₹ 80,000


  • Fees are calculated for each individual home separately based on its built-up area (in m2), excluding parking.
  • Multiple individual homes may use the multi-dwelling pricing below.
  • Fee payments must clear for each stage before GBCI will begin to conduct a review of a project.
  • All fees are exclusive of applicable taxes and non-refundable.

Calculate the fees for your project

Group housing/multi-dwelling units/commercial buildings pricing

Built-up area (m2), excluding parking
Registration
Certification
Pre-certification (Design)
Final EDGE Certification (Construction)
Total
0-5,000 m2 ₹ 20,000 ₹ 80,000 ₹ 40,000 ₹ 1,20,000
5,001-50,000 m2 ₹ 20,000 ₹ 80,000 ₹ 40,000 + ₹ 9/ per each additional m2 above 5,000 m2 ₹ 1,20,000 + ₹ 9/ per each additional m2 above 5,000 m2
> 50,000 m2 ₹ 20,000 ₹ 1,00,000 ₹ 4,50,000 ₹ 5,50,000


  • Registration is a flat ₹ 20,000 for any number of buildings located at a single project site as long as they are all registered at the same time. The registration fee is due immediately in order to register a project.
  • Already constructed projects will skip Pre-certification and pay the total certification fee noted in the table above in a single payment. Projects that skip Pre-certification may benefit from a reduction in their certification timeline and Auditor fees.
  • Projects that pursue Pre-certification (Design Stage) may split their certification fee into two payments – the first payment is due before Pre-certification and the second payment is due before Final EDGE Certification.
  • Fee payments must clear for each stage before GBCI will begin to conduct a review of a project.
  • All fees are exclusive of applicable taxes and non-refundable.

Calculate the fees for your project

Projects with multiple buildings at ONE project site - Certification fees are based on the total floor area, excluding parking, of all buildings completed and submitted for review for each 12-month construction completion period. These fees are calculated using the chart above.

EDGE requires that all buildings submit for Final EDGE Certification review within 12 months of practical completion. Therefore, EDGE projects that are completed over multiple years are required to submit for Final EDGE Certification at least once every 12 months. GBCI defines each of these 12-month periods as a “construction completion period”. Calculate your fees using our Excel calculator.

Introductory Registration & Certification Fees for Projects in All Other Countries

EDGE certification is available from GBCI in most countries around the world. Click here to verify that GBCI provides EDGE certification in your country.

Registration — Register all the buildings at your site now for one low fee of $300.

Certification — Calculate your certification fee for each building based on its floor area (excluding parking):

Floor area (m2), excluding parking
Pricing per m2
Minimum
0-25,000 m2 $0.27 $2,250
25,001-50,000 m2 $0.22 $6,750
> 50,000 m2 ---- $11,000 Flat Fee

Residential projects with multiple buildings at ONE project site - Certification fees are based on the total floor area, excluding parking, of all buildings completed and submitted for review for each 12-month construction completion period. These fees are calculated using the chart above.

EDGE requires that all buildings submit for Final EDGE Certification review within 12 months of practical completion. Therefore, EDGE projects that are completed over multiple years are required to submit for Final EDGE Certification at least once every 12 months. GBCI defines each of these 12-month periods as a “construction completion period”. Calculate your fees using our Excel calculator.

Portfolios, multiple project sites, or multiple non-residential buildings - Please request a custom quote.



Examples of how to calculate your certification fee:

Floor area of building, excluding parking
Certification fee calculation
5,000 m2 Building
  • 5,000 m2 x $0.27 = $1,350
  • The certification fee in this case would be $2,250 since the minimum fee referenced above is not reached.
20,000 m2 Building
  • 20,000 m2 x $0.27 = $5,400 certification fee
32,000 m2 Building
  • 32,000 m2 x $0.22 = $7,040 certification fee

EDGE Auditor Fees are negotiated with your chosen EDGE Auditor - An EDGE Auditor is required to perform design and site audits for your project. By choosing to work with GBCI, you are able to select and contract your own local EDGE Auditor that has been trained by GBCI. This keeps Auditor fees very reasonable as project owners may pay in the local currency, with minimal or no travel costs. Learn more about selecting an EDGE Auditor.


Guide to EDGE Certification

Congratulations on your decision to pursue EDGE Certification for your project!

You are on your way to increasing the resource efficiency and value of your project. This six-step guide will lead you through the process.

Create

1. Create your project in the EDGE App

First, create your project using the free EDGE web-based software (EDGE App) and enter basic information about your building. Be sure to save your project.

If you like, you can begin your self-assessment by entering information about your building’s design parameters and efficiency measures. Check out the EDGE user guides for more information.


Register

2. Register your project with GBCI, and pay the registration fees

Registration signifies your intent to pursue EDGE certification. Just follow the simple steps below using the EDGE App and GBCI will follow up via email with next steps and your invoice.

As part of GBCI's commitment to provide excellent, value-added service to our clients, we now offer free, online on-demand EDGE training in English for up to two project team members for each registered EDGE project.

Registration Instructions
  1. If you have not done so already, create your project using the free EDGE App and enter basic information about your building on the Design Tab. Be sure to save your project -OR- If you already created your project, simply log in to the EDGE App.
  2. Click on the “Dashboard” button.
  3. Click on the name of the project you would like to register.
  4. Click on the “Apply for Certification” button.
  5. Select GBCI as your certifier and click “Next”.
  6. Complete the forms that appear, clicking "Next" to progress screens and clicking "Submit" when you come to the final form.
  7. Respond to GBCI's follow up email - Within 2 business days, GBCI will follow up via email with your next steps to complete registration. In this email, GBCI will request that you confirm your billing information and provide a signed certification agreement.
  8. Pay your registration fee invoice - GBCI will issue your registration fee invoice once you have confirmed your billing information and provided a signed certification agreement. Your registration invoice must be paid for your project to be considered registered. You may pay your invoice online with a credit card or via wire transfer. Payment instructions will be included on your invoice.
Project Team Roles

Individuals on your project team will be called on to fill certain roles throughout the EDGE certification process. Here's a rundown of who does what:

  • Owner: The person (or entity) who has the authority to hold and control the real and personal property associated with your project, and accepts (or authorizes the acceptance of) the certification agreement. While there may be multiple owners for a particular project (if so, please submit a Confirmation of Primary Owner’s Authority Form), we ask that you identify a single individual to administer the certification process.
  • Agent: The person (or entity) who is granted actual authority by the owner to register the project and accept the certification agreement.
  • Project Administrator: This team member acts as a project manager overseeing the EDGE project and submitting the output document from the EDGE software (known as the self-assessment). The project administrator also accepts the certification results once the project has successfully completed all steps in the certification process.
  • EDGE Expert: An EDGE Expert is a professional that helps a developer, owner, and larger project team understand the EDGE standard, software and certification system. The scope of the EDGE Expert’s work includes advice on green design and assistance with preparation of an application for EDGE certification. In many cases, the EDGE Expert serves as both the Agent and Project Administrator. While we strongly recommended that a project team includes an EDGE Expert, it is not required.
  • EDGE Auditor: An individual who determines by investigation and evaluation of objective evidence whether a building project meets the requirements of the EDGE standard. The EDGE Auditor completes this assessment by reviewing project documentation (Design Audit) and conducting visits to the project site (Site Audit), and recommending the project for certification to GBCI. EDGE Auditors must be independent from the developer/owner/project team of a project they audit. This means that a single individual may not serve as an EDGE Expert and EDGE Auditor on a single project.

Select

3. Select an EDGE Auditor

The next step is to select and contract with an EDGE Auditor from the list below. The EDGE Auditor will be your primary point of contact and will be responsible for completing an impartial and objective evaluation of your project via design and site audits to determine whether it meets the requirements of the EDGE Standard.

Most EDGE Auditors are available to work in multiple cities and countries. Remember EDGE Auditors only need to be at your project location for the site audit, which occurs after construction. Please inquire about individual availability with your chosen EDGE Auditor.

Find an EDGE Auditor

Important Considerations
  • You will negotiate EDGE Auditor fees and contract terms directly with your chosen Auditor.
  • EDGE Auditor fees are independent of the registration and certification fees paid to GBCI.
  • You may only use an EDGE Auditor that is listed on this webpage.
  • Please note that your Auditor should not be viewed as a consultant on your project, and is prohibited from providing design and/or consulting services for your project.
  • Your contract with the EDGE Auditor must be in place before you apply for certification (step 4).
  • Please contact GBCI if you require assistance finding or contracting with an Auditor.

Apply

4. Apply: Submit your application and pay certification fees

Now comes the fun part: you’re ready to collect and submit the appropriate documentation via the EDGE software so that your EDGE Auditor may review your project. Working with your Project Team, you will identify EDGE Measures to pursue and use the EDGE software to determine if your project meets the EDGE Standard. Your team will then collect and prepare documentation demonstrating your achievement of the selected measures. The EDGE user guides provide detailed information on each EDGE measure and the documentation information required.

Upload your completed materials in the EDGE software and make sure to perform a rigorous quality check of your entire application before submitting for review.

All finished? Ready, set, submit! Don’t forget to pay your certification fee. Your review will commence once your payment has cleared.


Review

5. Review: Your EDGE project is reviewed by your EDGE Auditor and GBCI

Your Auditor and GBCI will conduct a thorough technical review of your application. But don’t kick back yet—you’ll need to be an active participant throughout the review process:

Part 1: Design Audit
  • Please note that new construction projects that are approaching construction completion may opt to skip their Design Audit. Existing buildings will skip their Design Audit, however, buildings undergoing major renovations (greater than 25% of major elements) may opt to undertake a Design Audit.
  • Gather all the requested documentation and submit to your Auditor so they can begin the Design Audit (remember your Auditor will need to have access to all the documentation in order to begin the Design Audit).
  • During the initial review of the Design Audit, your Auditor will check your application for completeness and compliance with the EDGE Standard requirements. Through the EDGE software, the Auditor will indicate which measures are approved, not approved, or are pending further information.
  • Provide additional information as requested by the Auditor for the final review of the Design Audit. GBCI suggests you submit these clarifications to the Auditor as soon as possible after you receive the comments from the Auditor (within 20-25 business days is recommended).
  • Your Auditor will review the additional information, and if the Auditor is satisfied that the building design meets the EDGE Standard, they will recommend that GBCI award your project Preliminary Certification.
  • GBCI will conduct a thorough quality review to make sure that the Design Audit is complete and issue a Preliminary Certificate for the building project, assuming no further issues are found. Note that the Preliminary Certificate will expire 12 months after the project is practically complete, or 36 months after issuance, whichever comes first, unless an exception request has been received in writing and granted by GBCI.
Part 2: Site Audit
  • After your building project is constructed, your EDGE Auditor will undertake a Site Audit to make sure that the completed building includes the EDGE Measures claimed. You'll schedule the Site Audit directly with the EDGE Auditor. You must provide all the post-construction stage documentation to your Auditor before they can begin the Site Audit. Note that the Site Audit must take place within 12 months of the project’s practical completion for new construction projects.
  • If your Auditor is satisfied that the completed building meets the EDGE Standard, they will recommend that GBCI award your project EDGE Certification.
  • GBCI will then conduct a thorough quality review to make sure that the Site Audit is complete and issue an EDGE Certificate for the building project.
Appeal Review (optional, appeal fees apply)
  • For an additional fee, an appeal review allows you to submit supplementary information, and amend the application in the event your Preliminary or EDGE Certification is denied or if you would like to document additional savings. Your EDGE Auditor and GBCI will review the additional or amended information provided.
  • GBCI will respond with an appeal review report; depending on the complexity of the appeal and/or the number of measures that are addressed, it may take up to 20-25 calendar days to issue the report and a new or amended Preliminary or EDGE Certificate.
Submitting an Inquiry

Technical Inquiries
Your EDGE Auditor is your primary point of contact for all technical inquiries throughout the certification process. The Auditor can help answer technical questions about the EDGE certification system and clarify requirements in instances where you are unable to find an answer in published guidance, and/or your project has a unique or complex scenario for which you and your consultant require additional support. Please note that your Auditor should not be viewed as a consultant on your project, and is prohibited from providing design and/or consulting services for your project.

Complaints and Grievances
If you have concerns or complaints about your EDGE Auditor, please contact us at [email protected].

Certification Timelines and Deadlines

Certification timeline

GBCI Quality Check Timeline
Once the Auditor recommends a project for Preliminary or EDGE Certification, the final decision regarding Preliminary Certification (outcome of a Design Audit) or EDGE Certification (outcome of a Site Audit) is estimated to be 10 business days (not guaranteed). Note that GBCI review will not begin until the certification fee payment has cleared. Expedited reviews (which reduce the standard timeline by half) may be available for an additional flat certification fee of $2,750, based on GBCI review capacity. You must reach out to GBCI a minimum of 15 business days before your Design or Site Audit begins, if you require an expedited review timeline. Contact [email protected] for expedited certification requests.

EDGE Auditor Design and Site Audit Timeline
The Auditor is expected to provide an anticipated timeline to the project team on the activities that they will complete for a project. The timeline may vary from project to project and the responsiveness of an owner/project team to requests for information/documentation from their Auditor will factor into the overall timeline. GBCI has provided the following as a general guideline on what to expect from your Auditor. Note that the Audits will begin only after the project team has provided all the required documentation to the Auditor.

Audits
Timeline
Design Audit: Initial Review 5 business days
Design Audit: Second Review + Recommendation to GBCI 5 business days
Site Audit: Initial Review (after Site Visit) 5 business days
Site Audit: Second Review + Recommendation to GBCI 5 business days



Site Audit Deadline for New Construction Projects
For new construction projects, the Site Audit must be carried out no later than 12 months after your project is substantially completed (the date on which your building receives a certificate of occupancy or similar official indication that it is fit and ready for use).

Mixed-Use and Multiple Buildings
Mixed-Use Buildings
EDGE v3: A mixed-use building can be modeled as a single subproject under the Mixed Use typology. Alternatively, buildings modeled in EDGE v3 may model each typology separately based on the guidelines below.

EDGE v2: If a building has more than one use and the secondary use occupies less than 10% of the floor area up to a maximum of 1,000 m², the entire building can be certified under the primary use of the building. If the area of secondary use is more than 10% of the floor area or more than 1,000 m², then that portion must be certified separately. For example, if a 10,000 m² residential building has a retail portion of 1,200 m² located within the ground floor, the building areas must be certified separately under the Homes and Retail typologies.

Multiple Buildings
When one project (such as a housing development) with a single owner consists of several buildings, buildings of less than 10% of the floor area of the project up to a maximum of 1,000 m² with the same use may be clustered together as a single building. Buildings larger than 10% of the project floor area or more than 1,000 m² must be considered separate buildings. In residential projects, however, each individual unit would receive an EDGE Certificate, not the overall building. When multiple types of units are present, each unit type in the project is assessed separately.

Please note that mixed-use or multiple unit type residential projects modeled in a single EDGE V3 subproject will receive certificates showing the range of savings across the project rather than the more exact savings for that unit type or building use.


Certify

6. Certify: Receive your Preliminary Certificate or EDGE Certification

If you’ve achieved certification: CONGRATULATIONS from all of us at GBCI!

Your project will be designated as 'EDGE Advanced' on your certificate(s) if it has achieved at least 40% predicted energy savings in addition to at least 20% predicted savings in water and embodied energy in materials. There are no additional fees or process steps for a project to be designated as EDGE Advanced.

Note if certification has not been achieved or certification was denied by GBCI, you may appeal that decision.

Promote your Project

Once you’ve earned certification, it’s likely that you’ll want to tell the world. And you should! EDGE Certification benefits your organization's bottom line and underscores your sustainability efforts. It’s a cause for celebration. The EDGE Certification logo may be used to represent the associated project's achievement per IFC's guidelines. These logos may be included in collateral and other marketing materials, and on physical installations such as EDGE plaques, decals and banners.

You’ll also receive a formal certificate of recognition, and may promote your certification in a number of ways listed in the Marketing Toolkit.

How GBCI Utilizes your Project Data

We use your project data for the greater good: to educate and provide resources for EDGE project teams and others around the world, showcase your strategies, and share the size and power of the green building movement.

Registered and certified EDGE projects are considered “public” projects by default and are included in the public project directory. A listing in this directory allows the general public and members of the media to look up your project listing and its related details.

Here's a full list of the data and project elements that may be listed in the public project directory:

  • Project name
  • Project ID
  • Physical address
  • Date of registration
  • Date of certification
  • Projected energy, water, embodied energy savings
  • Selected EDGE measures
  • Owner name
  • Project type


All public projects also benefit from publicity opportunities: we may utilize your project data to create case studies highlighting your project's features, reference your project on our website or to the media, or create other derivative works.

Information that may be used for articles, project profiles, other features:

  • Service providers
  • Project team members
  • Promotional or other project photographs
  • Project strategies for certification
  • Quotations from team members

You may opt-out of the project directory and publicity opportunities as a “private project” by submitting a written request from the project owner to GBCI.

Note that if a project chooses to remain private, it must not be marketed or represented to the general public as either a registered or certified EDGE project. These projects aren't entitled to use or display any intellectual property, including the EDGE Certification trademarks and logos. These projects may communicate their status as either a registered or certified EDGE project to government entities for the limited purposes of complying with building and tax laws, and administrative proceedings related to land use entitlements.

Revocation of Preliminary Certificate or EDGE Certification

In rare situations, a Preliminary Certificate or EDGE Certification may be revoked. We’ve created the Certification Challenge Policy to ensure that all EDGE project submittals and subsequent reviews by EDGE Auditors and GBCI are done so with integrity, accuracy and truthfulness. A certification challenge may be initiated by GBCI or by any third party within 18 months of a project’s certification. In line with the policy, you’ll need to retain all project documentation related to your certification, and the achievement of measures, on-site at your certified project for two years after receiving certification, to ensure that this information is available in case of a challenge.


Apply

7. Pursue EDGE Zero Carbon Certification

Projects that have already achieved EDGE Advanced certification can go all the way to carbon neutral through on-site renewables or carbon offsets.

Eligibility and Requirements

To qualify for EDGE Zero Carbon Certification, the project must have already earned EDGE Advanced Certification (i.e., EDGE certified with at least 40% predicted energy savings in addition to at least 20% predicted savings in water and embodied energy in materials). In addition, the project must have had at least 75% occupancy for at least one year.

The project must use 100% renewables on-site or off-site for energy, or have purchased carbon offsets to reach 100%. All energy usage must be accounted for, including secondary fuels such as diesel and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

The following carbon offset providers have been authorized by EDGE: ClimateSEED, Community Climate Biodiversity Standard, Gold Standard, ISO 14064-2, UNFCCC Clean Development Mechanism, and Verified Carbon Standard.

Renewal Periods

  • For a project that meets the EDGE Zero Carbon criteria fully on-site, including generation of on-site renewable electricity, the certificate will expire after four years.
  • For a project that meets the EDGE Zero Carbon criteria by purchasing off-site renewable electricity or carbon offsets, the certificate will expire after two years.
Fees

The introductory certification fee for EDGE Zero Carbon Certification is $500 (₹35,000) for an individual building with no more than 3 meters/sources of fuel (e.g. Electricity, Diesel, LPG, Natural Gas, etc.). This fee is assessed at each renewal period. Please contact us for a custom quote for projects that include detached single family homes, multiple buildings, or individual buildings with 4 or more meters/sources of fuel.

The EDGE Zero Carbon certification process is described in detail in IFC's guide on How to Apply for EDGE Zero Carbon Certification.

Ready to pursue your EDGE Zero Carbon Certification? Please contact us to register your project.