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.

    Find out how affordable it is to certify your project with our premier service providers.

    Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) and Sintali-SGS are the premier providers of EDGE certification services in 125 countries. Learn more about GBCI and Sintali-SGS, and view their certification rates to see how they would apply to one of your upcoming projects:

    GBCI provides EDGE certification.

    GBCI is the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally through rating systems such as LEED, WELL, GRESB, SITES, PEER and EDGE.

    Sintali and SGS collaborate to deliver the highest quality service for clients around the world by offering a one-stop shop approach for EDGE certification and audit services.

    Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI)
    2101 L Street NW, Suite 500
    Washington, DC 20037
    +1 202 828 1145

    The Sintali-SGS consortium has offices in nearly every country in the world. Get in touch with their global team by email.
    +44 203 473 8758

    Certification Pricing by GBCI:*

    Register all the buildings at your site now for one low fee of $300. GBCI offers free online EDGE training in English for up to two project team members for each registered EDGE project.

    Per Project Site: $300

    By choosing to work with GBCI you are able to select and contract your own local EDGE Auditor from our list. Competitive pricing and the potential to save on travel costs make EDGE certification even more affordable. Calculate your certification fee for each building based on its floor area (excluding parking).

    CertificationPrice (per square meter, excluding parking)Minimum
    0-25,000 FLOOR AREA (SQM)$0.27$2,250
    25,000-50,000 FLOOR AREA (SQM)$0.22$6,750
    > 50,000 FLOOR AREA (SQM)$11,000 Flat Fee

    *Certification pricing includes both design and construction stages. Note that 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. Contact GBCI for custom pricing if you have multiple buildings or any single building that is over 75,000 square meters.

    Certification Pricing by Sintali-SGS:*

    Register your project with Sintali-SGS for $300. Sintali-SGS provides a complete “one-stop-shop” for EDGE certification, supporting clients from assessment straight through to final certification.

    Per Project Site: $300

    The fees below represent the total cost for a standard project, including travel and other ancillary expenses. A discount applies if there is an EDGE Expert on the project team, or for multiple project registrations. Basic assessment support can also be provided by an EDGE Expert Partner at no additional cost.

    Project TypeCertificationDesign AuditFinal AuditTotal
    Residential (single-family housing developments or apartment buildings with up to 100 units and up to three house/apartment types).$2,400$4,000$4,000$10,400
    Commercial (buildings with a single-end use, including hotels, retail, offices, and hospitals).$2,400$4,000$4,000$10,400

    *For multi-use buildings, residential buildings with more than 100 units and/or more than three unit types, or complex projects with multiple buildings or phases, contact edge@sintali.com for custom pricing.

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

    1. Create and Register

    Create and register 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 has two stages: design and construction. Each stage mirrors the other, except that a site audit is required at the construction stage. Upon completion of the 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 cost of certification covers both stages. If your project is already built, only the construction stage of certification is required.

    The first step towards certification is to create your project within the EDGE App. While it’s possible to calculate a rough estimate from the pricing chart, you may wish to receive a quote for a precise figure before entering your project within EDGE.

    For more detailed questions regarding certification in India,  email either GBCI or Sintali-SGS.

    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.