Choose your level of certification.

There are three choices for EDGE certification. Use the EDGE App to reach at least 20% savings in water and materials, then choose your target for energy savings to match one of the following levels of aspiration:

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LEVEL 1: EDGE Certified

Enter your project in the EDGE App and earn a minimum of 20% savings across the three resource categories, and your project can be certified.

Requirements

20% or more savings in energy, water and embodied energy in materials.

Timing

At preliminary and final certification stages.

Renewal

Not required.

Cost

Registration and certification fees.

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LEVEL 2: EDGE Advanced

Set your project apart even further by earning EDGE Advanced, with recognition reflected on project studies, certificates, award submissions and more.

Requirements

EDGE certified with 40% or more on-site energy savings.

Timing

At preliminary and final certification stages.

Renewal

Not required.

Cost

Registration and certification fees.

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LEVEL 3: Zero Carbon

Join the global initiative for new buildings to be zero carbon by 2030 and all buildings to be zero carbon by 2050. For additional information, access our How to Apply for EDGE Zero Carbon Certification Guide.

Requirements

EDGE Advanced with 100% renewables on-site or off-site, or purchased carbon offsets to top off at 100%. All energy must be accounted for, including diesel and LPG.

Timing

At least one year after final EDGE certification with 75% occupancy, when operational data must be submitted.

Renewal

Every four years with 100% renewables and every two years with purchased offsets.

Cost

$500 or less at the project level and $50 or less per housing unit for each renewal period (in addition to registration and certification fees).

Why certify with EDGE?

EDGE brings international prestige to your project from the design stage onwards. Whether you’re a homebuilder, commercial owner, or are building to sell, capitalize on the value of certification before your project has been built. Here are a few of the benefits.

Home Builders
Home Builders
  • Attract better financing for you and your customers
  • Label your homes as green
  • Promote resource-efficient savings
  • Earn customer referrals
Commercial Owners
Commercial Owners
  • Increase occupancy rates
  • Drive profitability
  • Ensure cost control across properties
  • Take a portfolio approach with EDGE or mix and match with LEED
Build to Sell
Build to Sell
  • Attract investors
  • Distinguish your properties
  • Complement efficiencies in construction and labor
  • Accelerate turnover
  • Quantify your sustainable brand

Certify your project.

The first step is to register your project. Receive a preliminary EDGE certificate at the design stage, then repeat the process at the post-construction stage to earn final EDGE certification. Existing buildings can go straight to final certification.

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    Step 1: Register

    Registering is easy. Design your project in the EDGE App, then go to your dashboard. There you can choose a certifier, view their pricing, and register your project.

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    Step 2: Certify

    Once your project is registered, upload your documentation onto the EDGE App. When you’re ready, go to your dashboard and initiate the certification workflow.

Need some additional expertise? EDGE Experts are proficient in compliance requirements and working within the EDGE App environment. They can guide you through the certification process.

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