EDGE in India

    EDGE is a green building certification system that empowers the Indian real estate market to build sustainably. An innovation of IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, EDGE makes it faster, easier and more affordable than ever before to build and brand green. GBCI is the exclusive provider of EDGE certification services in India, providing opportunities to increase the marketability of buildings at the design stage.

    We are in the century of cities, and nowhere is this more clear than in India, where 70% of the buildings that will exist by 2030 are yet to be built. Buildings already account for two-thirds of electricity consumption and four-fifths of water use in large cities. To achieve a viable future, buildings must be designed to conserve precious natural resources.

    EDGE certification provides a solution: to capitalize on the value of green buildings by promoting the benefits to customers while protecting the environment. With EDGE, it’s possible to stay at the forefront of the green building trend.

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    EDGE is an opportunity for governments, builders, banks and buyers, especially in India.


    India plans to increase its share of non-fossil based energy resources to 40% of installed electric power capacity and to reduce its emissions intensity of GDP by 33 to 35 percent by 2030.


    As India begins to meet the need for more residential housing due to population growth, developers such as VBHC and Shapoorji Pallonji Group are leading the way in building green.


    The investment potential for green buildings in India is more than $1.8 trillion by 2030, according to IFC’s Climate Investment Opportunities in Cities.


    India, China and Nigeria will account for 35% of the world’s population growth to 2050, creating a sharp demand for housing that is affordable as well as green.

    Early adopters of EDGE are driving change, encouraging others to think twice before building conventionally.

    With the help of the private sector-led Sustainable Housing Leadership Consortium (SHLC), a voluntary group of real estate developers and financial institutions, green homes have the potential for mainstreaming across India. SHLC’s own members have pledged to build 100% of their own housing developments green by 2020, with the added goal of greening at least 20% of India’s new housing developments by 2022. These ambitious goals come at a crucial time as housing shortages across the country have prompted the government to establish a mission of “Housing for All by 2022.” SHLC’s founding members include Shapoorji Pallonji Real Estate and VBHC Value Homes (both with EDGE-certified projects), and financial institutions HDFC Limited and PNB Housing Finance Corporation.

    Case Studies: India’s Progressive Developers Realize the Low Extra Cost of Building Green

    Project NameTypeSizeEnergy SolutionsWater SolutionsExtra Cost Per Unit
    Rainbow Children’s HospitalHospital13,710m2Reduced window to wall ratio, low-E coated glass, energy-efficient air conditioning with a water-cooled chiller, energy-saving lighting, and solar hot water collectors.Low-flow showerheads and faucets, dual-flush water closets, water-efficient urinals, and a blackwater treatment and recycling system.7,600,000 rupees with a payback period of 16 months.
    Abhikalpan OfficeOffice573m2Reduced window to wall ratio, reflective paint and insulation for roof, higher thermal performance glass, variable refrigerant volume (VRV) cooling system, sensible heat recovery from exhaust air, energy-saving lighting, lighting controls for corridors and staircases, and solar photovoltaics.Low-flow faucets for washbasins and kitchens, rainwater harvesting system, and a black water treatment and recycling system.300,800 rupees with a payback period of less than half a year.
    TCP AlturaHomes123,516m2Reduced window to wall ratio, reflective paint for roof, external shading devices, and energy-efficient lighting in outdoor areas.Low-flow showerheads and faucets, dual-flush water closets, and recycled grey water for flushing.No incremental costs or payback period as passive design measures result in utility savings.

    GBCI is your go-source for EDGE certification in India.

    GBCI provides EDGE certification.

    Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) is the premier provider of EDGE certification services in India. Find out more about GBCI and view their certification rates to see how they would apply to one of your upcoming projects.

    Certification Pricing for India:

    Individual Homes/Single Family Dwelling Unit Pricing

    Built-up Area (SQM), Excluding ParkingRegistrationCertification
    0-200 (SQM)₹ 10,000₹ 20,000
    201-350 (SOM)₹ 10,000₹ 25,000
    351-500 (SQM)₹ 15,000₹ 30,000
    501-750 (SQM)₹ 15,000₹ 35,000
    751-1000 (SQM)₹ 20,000₹ 50,000
    >1,000 (SQM)₹ 20,000₹ 80,000

    Fees are calculated for each individual home separately based on its built-up area (in SQM). Multiple individual homes may use the multi-dwelling pricing (below). Fee payments must clear each stage before a project review is conducted. All fees are exclusive of applicable taxes and non-refundable. Hiring a local auditor is required and is in addition to the cost of certification. View the contact list of GBCI-trained EDGE Auditors and reach out for a competitive quote. GBCI can also assign an Auditor for your project if you wish.

    Group Housing/Multi-Dwelling Units/Commercial Buildings Pricing

    Register one or all the buildings at your site now for one low fee of ₹ 20,000.

    Built-up Area (SQM), Excluding ParkingPre-certification
    Final EDGE Certification
    Total Certification Fee
    0-5,000 (SQM)₹ 80,000₹ 40,000₹ 1,20,000
    5,001-50,000 (SQM)₹ 80,000₹ 40,000 + ₹ 9/ per each additional SQM above 5,000 SQM₹ 1,20,000 + ₹ 9/ per each additional SQM above 5,000 SQM
    50,001 (SQM) and Above₹ 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. For projects with multiple phases of construction, certification fees are calculated based on the built-up area, excluding parking, submitted for review at each phase. Fee payments must clear each stage before a project review is conducted. Already constructed projects may skip pre-certification, however they will still need to pay the total certification fee as indicated in the table above. All fees are exclusive of applicable taxes and non-refundable. Hiring a local auditor is required and is in addition to the cost of certification. View the contact list of GBCI-trained EDGE Auditors and reach out for a competitive quote. GBCI can also assign an Auditor for your project if you wish.

    Certify your project in three easy steps with the EDGE App.

    1. Register

    Create your project, receive a quote, and send the required payment.

    2. Submit

    Upload compliance documentation and submit your project.

    3. Certify

    Win certification to better market your project to customers.

    Understand the exact cost of certification in advance.

    EDGE green building certification in India has two stages: Pre-certification and Final EDGE Certification. Each stage mirrors the other, except that a site audit is required at the Final EDGE Certification (construction) stage. Upon completion of the Pre-certification (design) stage, a preliminary EDGE certificate is awarded, which enables marketability of your project with the EDGE brand. Upon completion of the construction stage, a final EDGE certificate is awarded.

    The first step towards certification is to create your project within the EDGE App. You may also receive a quick quote by using GBCI’s pricing calculator (which requires creating an account with GBCI), or for more complex projects, by clicking on the button below.

    For questions regarding certification in India, email GBCI.

    Consider hiring an EDGE Expert for your project.

    You may wish to hire an EDGE Expert depending on the size and complexity of your project and whether you are new to EDGE. EDGE Experts are trained and accredited professionals who provide advice on green design and help prepare your project’s application for certification. They are your go-to resource for your project team to better understand the EDGE software, standard and certification system.

    To find your EDGE Expert today, visit EDGE Experts Around the World.

    Note that hiring an EDGE Expert is not a requirement of EDGE certification.

    Discover how others are designing and building green with EDGE.

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