Why take the DfGE course?

The DfGE course will improve your climate literacy while learning how to design resource-efficient structures to support the built environment’s transition to a low-carbon path.

This course prepares students and building design professionals across the globe to design buildings that have a meaningful and measurable reduced impact on their environment. The course covers the fundamentals of energy and resource efficiency measures in building design from a technical and commercial perspective. Case studies and examples teach learners how to design for resource efficiency and how to market those designs in a commercial setting.

What does the DfGE course offer?

01Knowledge Building

Conceptualize and integrate green features across multiple disciplines and building types

02Skill Development

Develop critical thinking skills, quantitative skills, and design approaches

03Better Communication

Articulate a compelling business case for sustainable design

04Efficiency Strategies

Quantify impact of measures for energy, water & embodied carbon using EDGE App

05Mindset Change

Communicate effectively with clients, owners, investors and all stakeholders

06Develop Expertise

Demonstrate improved measures and their relative cost-benefit implications

What are the DfGE course details?

The DfGE Course is aimed at senior students of architecture, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, and other construction industry-related courses as well as building design practitioners and professionals who wish to improve their climate literacy while learning how to design resource-efficient structures.

To successfully complete this course, it is recommended that the learner must have a working knowledge of database software such as MS Excel, architectural and engineering drawings, and basic mathematics.

<span>Module 1:</span>Green Buildings in Context

Module 1:Green Buildings in Context

  • Global impact of buildings
  • Resource efficiency – Energy, Water and Carbon
  • Calculation of efficiency metrics using EDGE App
<span>Module 2:</span>Form, Skin and Climate

Module 2:Form, Skin and Climate

  • Bioclimatic Design
  • Passive design strategies – orientation, form, sun
  • Case Studies
  • Presentation techniques
<span>Module 3:</span>Engineering Architecture

Module 3:Engineering Architecture

  • HVAC systems for heating and cooling
  • Controls for ventilation
  • Best practices in energy efficiency
  • Benchmarks and case studies
<span>Module 4:</span>Lighting and Photovoltaics

Module 4:Lighting and Photovoltaics

  • Daylighting
  • Lighting systems and controls
  • Renewable technologies such as photovoltaic panels
<span>Module 5:</span>Water and Materials

Module 5:Water and Materials

  • Water efficiency measures
  • Efficient options for construction
  • Embodied Carbon in materials
<span>Module 6:</span>Making the Business Case

Module 6:Making the Business Case

  • Client, Developer, and Design Firm’s POV
  • Costs and Payback Period
  • Financial Resources and Incentives
  • Green consulting as a professional service
Module 7

Final Design Exercise

A final design project has to be submitted for evaluation. Upon successful completion of the DfGE Course, the learner will receive a certificate of course completion from IFC

How to sign up for the DfGE course?

Online Course Format

Online Course Format

The self-paced DfGE online course is a 16-hour course that may be completed at one’s own pace. Learners will have three (3) months to access the course materials and submit the final design project. The online course is free for now and IFC may start charging a fee for course completion certification in the future.

Information about the DfGE online course is available for download here.

In Person Course Format

In Person Course Format

The DfGE In Person course is offered as a 20-hour course through collaborating universities and institutions and provides learners with an immersive learning experience, guided in person by faculty trained by IFC. To become a DfGE Course Collaborator, a Licensing and Cooperation Agreement (LCA) has to be signed with IFC.

To know more, write to edgelearn@ifc.org

DfGE Course Collaborators

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  • Universidad del Norte

  • Corporación Universitaria del Caribe

  • Universidad Internacional del Trópico Americano

  • Universidad San Buenaventura

  • Universidad Santo Tomás


  • Accra Technical University

  • Central University

  • Kumasi Technical University

  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

  • Takoradi Technical University


  • Aayojan School of Architecture and Design

  • Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Architecture

  • Dr. Bhanuben Nanavati College of Architecture for Women

  • Indus Institute of Design Environment & Architecture, Indus University

  • Institute of Architecture & Planning, Nirma University

  • Manipal School of Architecture and Planning, MAHE

  • Marathwada Mitra Mandal’s College of Architecture

  • MIT ADT University

  • Mysore School of Architecture

  • NITTE Institute of Architecture

  • Priyadarshini Institute of Architecture & Design Studies

  • Sal School of Architecture

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  • Satish Misal Educational Foundation’s BRICK School of Architecture

  • SEED – APJ Abdul Kalam School of Environmental Design

  • SJB School of Architecture & Planning

  • Sri Sri University

  • Sushant University

  • Symbiosis Skills and Professional University

  • Vivekanand Education Society’s College of Architecture


  • Ikatan Arsitek Indonesia Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta

  • Ikatan Arsitek Indonesia Jawa Tengah

  • Institut Teknologi Bandung

  • Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember

  • UNIKA Soegijapranata

  • Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta

  • Universitas Bandar Lampung

  • Universitas Brawijaya

  • Universitas Diponegoro

  • Universitas Gadjah Mada

  • Universitas Indonesia

  • Universitas Islam Indonesia

  • Universitas Islam Negeri Alauddin

  • Universitas Kriten Duta Wacana

  • Universitas Lambung Mangkurat

  • Universitas Multimedia Nusantara

  • Universitas Palangka Raya

  • Universitas Parahyangan

  • Universitas Pembangunan Jaya

  • Universitas PGRI Semarang

  • Universitas Sam Ratulangi

  • Universitas Sebelas Maret Surakarta

  • Universitas Tarumanagara

  • Universitas Trisakti

  • Universitas Widya Kartika


  • Al Hussein Technical University


  • Jomo Kenyatta University Of Agriculture And Technology

  • Kenyatta University

  • University of Nairobi


  • Colegio de Arquitectos del Perú

  • Escuela de Educación Superior Toulouse Lautrec

  • Universidad Católica de Santa María

  • Universidad Científica del Sur

  • Universidad Continental

  • Universidad de Piura

  • Universidad Nacional de Piura

  • Universidad Nacional de Trujillo

  • Universidad Ricardo Palma


  • Adamson University

  • National University

  • Polytechnic University of the Philippines

South Africa

  • Tshwane University of Technology


  • Hanoi National University of Civil Engineering

  • Hanoi University of Architecture

  • HCMC University of Technology and Education

  • HCMUT – Faculty of Civil Engineering

  • Thu Dau Mot University

  • University of Architecture Ho Chi Minh

  • VGU Vietnam German University

DfGE Online Course Learner Testimonials

Here is what the Online DfGE learners are saying.

  • Anwal Virk

    Anwal Virk

    Sustainability Consultant, Delhi, India

    The course helped me gain introspective insights into the fundamentals of energy and resource efficiency measures in building design considering all technical and commercial perspectives in mind. My biggest takeaway from the course has been the learnings through the case studies DfGE offers. The case studies and examples have helped shape the ideologies around not only designing for resource efficiency but also how to sell those designs in commercial settings.

  • Samuel Kwaku Worwui

    Samuel Kwaku Worwui

    Founder & CEO of GM Bamboo Eco-City LTD, Ghana

    Designing for Greater Efficiency (DfGE) Course is a globally developed top-notch, highly selective and in-depth theory and practical hybrid green buildings course. Though a technical course, it’s imbedded in a comprehensive approach to emission reductions from the built environment along the full life cycle and the ability to communicate a compelling business case for sustainable design and development to all stakeholders along the buildings and construction value chain.

  • Raymond Andrew Sih

    Raymond Andrew Sih

    UAP, LEED AP, Philippines

    The DfGE Course is a very effective way to get started with green buildings. Not only does it cover the basics of how to conserve resources in buildings, it also teaches how to use EDGE effectively to reduce energy, water and embodied energy use. I would recommend the DfGE Course to architecture and engineering students and design professionals. It also makes a good refresher course for experienced green building professionals like myself.

  • João Gago dos Santos

    João Gago dos Santos

    PHD Candidate in Technology and Construction Management at the Faculty of Architecture of Lisbon, Portugal

    The Designing for Greater Efficiency course, with the EDGE platform, met the objectives of my research regarding the calculation and possibility of predicting the true impacts that constructions, and projects, have on the environment.

  • Oyinleye Adebowaleo

    Oyinleye Adebowaleo

    LEED AP, Project Associates based in Abuja, Nigeria

    My learning experience in the DfGE course was quite exciting and at the same time it was hands-on training that put you through the practical application of what the course content tried to achieve. The highlight for me was the final assignment which presents a real life scenario, testing your application of the processes and main concepts of EDGE.

  • Vien Tai Phat

    Vien Tai Phat

    Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, Vietnam

    The Designing for Greater Efficiency course is a quick, yet intuitive, complete and effective approach for students to learn, supplement the basic knowledge of optimizing energy by design, towards green building design meeting EDGE standards.

DfGE Course is supported by

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DfGE online received significant funding from the EU

EDGE is currently funded by the UK Government with original funding by Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

Additional support has been provided by Austria, Canada, Denmark, ESMAP, EU, Finland, GEF, Hungary, Japan and the Netherlands.

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