EDGE Experts

By combining business sense with technical know-how, EDGE Experts strengthen their practices while attracting new business.


EDGE Experts encourage the construction sector to design and build green by serving as trusted and experienced advisors. They bring their skills, insights and thorough understanding of the EDGE software to instill confidence that a project is certifiably green. Their persuasiveness paves the way for a client to imagine and realize an entirely green portfolio.

At the individual level, becoming an EDGE Expert results in greater knowledge, career growth and an opportunity to promote your work. At the firm level, credentialing your team helps to upskill your practice while attracting and retaining fresh talent.

A sole practitioner, in-house staff or a member of an engineering or architecture practice can all become EDGE Experts. They are an integral force that binds the design process together while providing outstanding value to clients.

Interested in becoming an EDGE Expert? Get trained locally (where available) or take live stream or online training no matter where you live in the world. Want to find an EDGE Expert? Search by location, profession and affiliation.

Make it your business to become an EDGE Expert.



Mastery


Channel your vision through greater understanding of bioclimatic design and green technologies.


Profit


Expand your business by winning and keeping new clients who value a quantifiable approach to green design.


Impact


Join a global community that is helping to accelerate change through resource-efficient buildings.

EDGE Experts FAQs


To become an EDGE Expert, you must successfully complete EDGE training and the EDGE Exam. EDGE training is offered by an official provider either online or in a classroom environment. Once you have completed training, IFC will email an EDGE Exam ID number to you. The EDGE Exam is available in English, Chinese, Spanish, Vietnamese and Indonesian, costs $100 and can be taken at a Prometric test center or in the comfort of your home or workplace.

To schedule your EDGE Exam at a test center, visit www.prometric.com/edge, where you can find a complete list of test center locations by clicking on the “Locate a Test Center” link. You may also call +1 (800) 324-4715 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (EST) Monday through Friday. More information can be found in the Candidate Information Bulletin.

To schedule the EDGE Exam at a remote site, call +1 (800) 813-6779 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (EST) Monday through Friday, and be sure to have your credit card ready to pay the $100 fee. You may also email Pro-Proctor@Prometric.com. Note that the EDGE Exam, which is 2 1/2 hours in length, can be taken remotely only from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (EST) Monday through Friday. More information can be found in the Remotely Proctored Candidate Information Bulletin.

EDGE Experts are required to have a higher education qualification in a construction industry-related field, or three years’ experience in a construction industry-related field and a higher education qualification of any kind. EDGE Experts are accredited by IFC.

During the training, you will learn how to quantify the value of passive and active design elements, how to determine which energy and water-saving systems and solutions are best for a particular location and climate, and how to measure the collective impact of design decisions in the aggregate. In addition to gaining a deeper understanding of the EDGE software, you will also discover the EDGE standard and certification process.

An EDGE Expert influences a client’s decision to design and build green, working closely with or within the design team. By using the EDGE software, an EDGE Expert provides a cost-benefit analysis of green concepts, systems and solutions that best match the client’s aspirations. For clients wishing to certify their projects, an EDGE Expert instills confidence that a project meets the EDGE standard.

The EDGE workshop prepares you to take the exam, however there may be questions that were not covered in the training and can only be answered based on your background and/or experience. EDGE Experts are required to have a higher education qualification in a construction industry-related field, or three years’ experience and a higher education qualification of any kind. To take the exam without further training, please contact IFC at edgeexam@ifc.org.

An EDGE Expert precedes an EDGE Auditor, working within or in tandem with the client’s design team on decision-making, confirming that the project meets the EDGE standard by using the EDGE software, and preparing the project for certification. The EDGE Auditor does not influence project design or make recommendations and only becomes involved once the project submission is received. The EDGE Auditor reviews project documentation, verifies compliance with EDGE requirements, provides a rigorous check of the project submission, and recommends the project for assessment to a certification provider.

EDGE Auditors are automatically considered to be EDGE Experts since they have met all the requirements to become one, including completing training and passing the EDGE Exam. Keep in mind that you cannot provide design advice on a project that you are auditing, as this constitutes a conflict of interest. In other words, you may not serve as both an EDGE Expert and an EDGE Auditor for the same project.

An EDGE Expert who wishes to also become an EDGE Auditor is required to take additional training with a certification provider and sign an agreement. Depending on the certifier, additional background and experience may be required. To see which certifier(s) operate in the country where you live, visit the Certify section of the EDGE website, and reach out to them directly.

Yes. As an EDGE Expert, you can include your new credential as part of your title on your business card, email signature, throughout your LinkedIn profile and in any other appropriate location. You may also include content on your website to promote your new services. For recommendations, please refer to the Branding Guidelines for EDGE Experts.

No. Hiring an EDGE Expert depends on the client’s needs and the complexity of the project. EDGE is intended to be quick and intuitive, but if the client’s internal team doesn’t have familiarity with EDGE, then having a member of the design team take the EDGE training may be the right choice. A client with a small design team may also wish to hire an outside EDGE Expert, particularly if it is the client’s first project being brought forward for certification.

Interested in becoming an EDGE Expert? Take EDGE Experts training in person if you are located in a country where on-site training is available. You can also choose to participate in an interactive, live stream training with Sintali-SGS. These trainings are held every other month. Opt to take online training with GBCI and you can take it whenever you wish. Online training allows you to learn at your own pace, and you earn AIA continuing education credit.

Governments

  • In addition to incentivizing the market, governments can endorse a green building certification system such as EDGE.

What popular incentives can governments put into place that encourage green development?


Governments can adopt from a wide variety of incentives – some of which are cost-free – to stimulate green building growth. Depending on the level of ambition, the development of an entire green building value chain can be triggered with benefits that trickle down to residents, as exemplified by Singapore. Property tax incentives, height bonuses and expedited permitting are among the most effective ways to make green design economically viable for developers. But there are other options as well.

In addition to incentivizing the market, governments can endorse a green building certification system such as EDGE, embedding it in the building permitting process. The EDGE software can be used to achieve a minimum standard of 20 percent less energy, water and embodied energy in materials, with certification guaranteeing an independently validated approach.

  1. Property Tax Incentive – Offer a lower property tax rate to developers for one or more years to offset the extra costs of building green.
  2. Height Bonus – Allow developers to increase the height of their buildings, either as extra floors or a percentage of total floor area.
  3. Expedited Permitting – Limit the permitting process to a minimum number of days for green construction.
  4. Reduced Permitting – Waive or partially reimburse permit fees for developers who certify their projects green.
  5. Grants – Incentivize solutions such as solar power by providing block grants to cities and states. Or grants can go directly to developers to subsidize the cost of certification.
  6. Loan Programs – Set up a loan fund at the central bank level so developers who build green can receive reduced interest rates.
  7. Technical Assistance – Train planners, building inspectors and other government staff how to qualify green building design with a software solution such as EDGE. The EDGE technical team can help.
  8. Net Metering – Work with utility companies to enable building owners to generate renewable energy to the grid, resulting in carbon positive buildings which can be certified with EDGE.
  9. Public Campaigns – Generate public support through advocacy efforts. Work with utility companies to build evidence of results and communicate successes to the public.
  10. Green Building Legislation – Bundle a certification standard such as EDGE directly into a new set of green building codes.

Case Study: A municipality in Lima incentivizes resource-efficient residences with green roofs and visibly prominent gardens.


San Borja, a residential district in the capital of Peru, has passed an ordinance (610-MSB) that allows property developers to build three or four stories higher depending on the zone. The taller apartment buildings must be set back from the curb, planted with green roofs and gardens that are at least 50 percent visible by pedestrians, and certified green. The ordinance was socialized extensively with property developers prior to passing to ensure a collaborative approach.

The result is an entirely new style of architecture without incessant glass, where dozens of EDGE-certified buildings are coming onto the market advertised as green to showcase their value. The initiative, which has been widely supported by the Peruvian Green Building Council and EDGE Experts, won the Creatividad Empresarial award from Mayor Marco Álvarez in recognition for the district’s entrepreneurial approach to encouraging green buildings. The strategy demonstrates the powerful interaction when the public and private sectors work together to incentivize green buildings for the benefit of citizens and the environment.

Governments are starting to pass progressive legislation to spur green building growth in emerging markets.


Select an area that interests you to discover what incentives the government is offering to make a difference in shaping their future built environment. You can also download the Government Incentives for EDGE chart.

City:
All

Building Typology:
Residential

Government Entity:
Secretary of Housing

Incentive:
Exclusion of VAT (10%) for projects that include all of the following: insulation Class B, solar hot water collectors, and LED lighting up to 140.000 UVA. The tax exemption is for the first 60,000 units that apply. The units must be built by August 2022.

Available Certification Systems:
EDGE, LEED

Link:
Budget Law No. 27467 

Contact:
Marcelo Busellini at mbusellini@mininterior.gob.ar or mbusellini@gmail.com


City:
All

Building Typology:
Light Industry

Government Entity:
Bank of Bangladesh

Incentive:
Discounted financing rate for the extra cost of green measures at 9%. All commercial banks in Bangladesh must offer the 9% rate for green measures (comprising at least 5% of portfolios).

Available Certification Systems:
BREEAM, CASBEE, EDGE, GRIHA, LEED, SREDA

Link:
Refinance Scheme for Green Products/Initiatives

Contact:
manoj.biswas@bb.org.bd


City:
Salvador

Building Typology:
Residential

Government Entity:
City of Salvador

Incentive:
Point-based system for a 5%, 7% or 10% discount on property taxes with re-application each year; certification guarantees a 7% discount.

Available Certification Systems:
ACQUA, CASA AZUL, EDGE, GBC BRASIL, LEED

Link:
IPTU VERDE

Contact:
andrefraga_ssa@hotmail.com


City:
All

Building Typology:
Residential & Commercial

Government Entity:
National Mining and Energy Planning Unit

Incentive:
Exclusion of VAT (19%) and income tax deduction (25%) for project design services and technical solutions such as insulation and energy-efficient air conditioning systems

Available Certification Systems:
CASA, EDGE, LEED

Link:
Resolution No. 463

Contact:
info@upme.gov.co


City:
Pune

Building Typology:
Residential & Commercial

Government Entity:
Pune Municipal Corporation

Incentive:
3% extra floor area ratio (FAR) for a 30% improvement in energy, water and materials; 5% for a 40% improvement; and 7% for a 50% improvement.

Available Certification Systems:
EDGE, GRIHA, IGBC, LEED

Link:
Incentive for EDGE-Certified Green Buildings by Pune Municipal Corporation

Contact:
info@punecorporation.org


City:
All

Building Typology:
Residential

Government Entity:
Bank Indonesia

Incentive:
5% lower loan-to-value ratio and 5% lower financing-to-value ratio for first-time home purchases; additional 5% lower for second home purchases. Some restrictions apply depending on home size.

Available Certification Systems:
EDGE, Green Mark, Greenship, GreenStar, LEED

Link:
Regulation No. 21/13/PBI/2019

Contact:
bicara@bi.go.id

City:
All

Building Typology:
Residential & Commercial

Government Entity:
Kenya National Treasury

Incentive:
100% tax exemption on interest income for bonds and securities used to raise funds for green building projects as defined under the Green Bond Standards. The bond may be issued by a corporate entity or a financial institution.

Available Certification Systems:
BREEAM, CEEQUAL, DGNB, EDGE, IECC, LEED

Link:
Kenya Gazette

Contact:
info@treasury.go.ke


City:
Arequipa

Building Typology:
Residential, Commercial & Education

Government Entity:
Municipality of Arequipa/Municipal Institute of Planning (IMPLA)

Incentive:
Zone-based height bonus for one extra floor and reduction of parking space requirements if project is certified, with additional requirements of 40% green roofs, 50% transparent fences, waste segregation, and bicycle racks.

Available Certification Systems:
EDGE, BREEAM, DGNB, LEED

Link:
Ordinance No.1136 

Contact:
gdelgado@impla.gob.pe


City:
Cusco

Building Typology:
Residential

Government Entity:
Municipality of Cusco

Incentive:
Zone-based height bonus for one or two extra floors if project is certified, with additional requirements of 50% green roofs and waste segregation.

Available Certification Systems:
BREEAM, EDGE, LEED

Link:
Ordinance No. 25-2019-MPC

Contact:
María Cristina Cornejo at criscordur@gmail.com


City:
Lima (Miraflores)

Building Typology:
Residential & Commercial

Government Entity:
District Municipality of Miraflores

Incentive:
15% extra floor area ratio (FAR) if EDGE certified with green roofs, 50% transparent fences, indigenous gardens, waste segregation, bicycle racks, and the National Technical Code for Sustainable Construction; higher floor area ratio for BREEAM and LEED

Available Certification Systems:
BREEAM, EDGE, LEED

Link:
Ordinance 510/MM

Contact:
Marianna Miranda Fidel at marianna.miranda@miraflores.gob.pe or +51 954 716 195


City:
Lima (San Borja)

Building Typology:
Residential

Government Entity:
District Municipality of San Borja

Incentive:
Zone-based height bonus for one or two extra floors if project is certified, with additional requirements of one-meter setbacks with indigenous gardens, 30% transparent fences, and waste segregation.

Available Certification Systems:
EDGE, LEED

Link:
Ordinance 623-MSB

Contact:
alcaldia@msb.gob.pe


City:
Lima (Surco)

Building Typology:
Residential & Commercial

Government Entity:
District Municipality of Surco

Incentive:
25% extra floor area ratio (FAR), 20% reduction of parking space requirements, and 20% less square meters per unit than the minimum required (residential only) if project is certified, with additional requirements of 50% green roofs, waste segregation, and bicycle racks.

Available Certification Systems:
BREEAM, EDGE, LEED

Link:
Ordinance 525-MSS

Contact:
Lily Medina, Secretaría General at sg@munisurco.gob.pe

Lay a foundation for a greener built environment through green building codes.


Green building incentives encourage voluntary certification. Incentives work best when layered over mandatory codes which are frequently updated and enforced. Together, they create the “push and pull” that is required to achieve true market transformation. For more information about ideas on how to implement green building codes, see IFC’s Green Buildings Policy Pathways for Emerging Markets.

Banks

Create a sustainable finance strategy with EDGE.


Start your bank’s transition to a smarter way of investing in the property sector. Adopt EDGE and book a portfolio with higher asset value and less risk.


Why integrate EDGE into your investment practices?


By using EDGE as a verification instrument, you can help shape and accelerate the real estate market towards green construction, while earning better profits. Here are the top reasons for banks to stimulate green building growth:

Gain access to liquidity from a new and more diversified investor base through green bonds, green securitizations and green credit facilities.

Realize the investment potential for green buildings while establishing an identity as the “green bank” of choice.

The EDGE software indicates the projected reductions in carbon emissions for certified properties, which can be used in institutional reporting for shareholders and the public.

Win a greater share of the market through innovative financing that responds to the direction the market is heading.

Invest in higher-value, lower-risk assets to maximize returns and increase profitability.

Introduce innovative products to include green construction finance and green mortgages, which can attract new clients and customers.

Switch to greening your entire portfolio as a requirement of investment, with EDGE certification making it easier than ever before.

An EDGE certificate is proof that a client has uploaded their compliance materials into the EDGE software and met eligibility criteria, with independent certification by an approved provider.

Consider the mix of financial products that can be offered with EDGE.


Banks play a critical role in diverting the construction sector onto a more low-carbon path, with little to no changes required for their internal practices and procedures.


Green Construction


Green construction finance typically includes preferential rates, better terms, and/or a promotional offer to cover certification costs for property developers who commit to EDGE.


Green Mortgages


Green mortgages enable buyers to purchase certified homes where green design costs are tucked into larger loans. Reduced utility bills result in lower monthly overhead for homeowners, which lowers the risk for the bank.


Green Bonds


Green bonds are a fixed-income instrument that are earmarked to raise money for climate-smart investments, including real estate.

Discover which financial institutions are already mobilizing incentives.


Banks and insurance companies are motivating property developers to certify green. Check out their exact offerings, or download the Banking Incentives for EDGE chart.

Bank:

Davivienda

Country:

Colombia

Building Typology:

Residential and Mixed Use

Incentive:

Reduction of a maximum of 100 basis points for residential and mixed-use buildings, in addition to covering 50% of the cost of EDGE certification (up to 15 million pesos COP).

Currency:

COP

Term:

N/A

Grace Period:

N/A

Front End Fee:

N/A

Available Certification Systems:

BREEAM, EDGE, LEED

Website:

www.davivienda.com

Contact:

Nancy Motta at nmotta@davivienda.com or +33 00000, ext. 53010

Insurance Company:

SURA

Country:

Colombia

Building Typology:

Residential and Commercial

Incentive:

10% of the premium for SURA construction and compliance insurance is refunded to policy holders for EDGE-certified projects, valid through December 2019.

Available Certification Systems:

EDGE

Website:

www.segurossura.com.co

Contact:

Mauricio Alejandro Lozano at mlozano@sura.com.co or +57 301 6936365

Bank:

Banco Promerica

Country:

Costa Rica

Building Typology:

Residential and Mixed Use

Incentive:

8.75% green construction financing rate compared to a normal rate of 9.25%

Currency:

USD$

Term:

Four years compared to a normal term of three years

Grace Period:

24 months compared to a normal grace period of 18 months

Front End Fee:

.75% compared to a normal front end fee of 1%

Available Certification Systems:

EDGE, LEED GOLD, LEED PLATINUM, LEED SILVER (if demonstrates 20% savings)

Website:

www.promerica.fi.cr

Contact:

Gustavo Calderon at gucalderon@promerica.fi.cr or +506 2505-7124

Bank:

Banco Pichincha

Country:

Ecuador

Building Typology:

Residential and Mixed Use

Incentive:

Free EDGE certification for smaller projects and free EDGE Expert, EDGE Auditor, and EDGE certification for larger projects. All qualifying projects receive free training on the EDGE App and certification process. Market rates of 8.95% to 11.23% apply.

Currency:

USD$

Term:

Up to 28 months (normal term)

Available Certification Systems:

BREEAM, EDGE, LEED

Website:

www.pichincha.com

Contact:

Carla Dueñas at cduenas@pichincha.com

Bank:

Banco ProCredit

Country:

Ecuador

Building Typology:

Residential, Commercial and Mixed Use

Incentive:

Discount of 0.5% on the bank’s typical financing rates; free technical assistance by an EDGE Expert during the certification process; additional benefit of up to 80% of EDGE certification costs may also apply.

Currency:

USD$

Term:

Up to 144 months compared to Banco ProCredit’s maximum term of 96 months

Grace Period:

18 months for certified projects

Available Certification Systems:

BREEAM, EDGE, LEED

Website:

www.bancoprocredit.com.ec

Contact:

Karen Angulo at karen.angulo@procredit-group.com
+593 984682247

Fund:

Global Climate Partnership Fund (GCPF)

Building Typology:

Residential and Commercial

Incentive:

100% coverage of EDGE Expert and EDGE Auditor fees for the projects of GCPF partner institutions that meet GCPF’s eligibility criteria.

Available Certification Systems:

EDGE

Website:

www.gcpf.lu

Contact:

David Mazaira at david.mazaira@responsability.com

Bank:

ProCredit Bank Kosovo

Country:

Kosovo

Building Typology:

Residential, Commercial, and Mixed Use

Incentive:

Discount of up to 0.5% on the bank’s typical financing rate. Projects that pursue green financing with ProCredit will also receive EDGE Expert support free of charge and a discount of up to a 20% on the EDGE audit fees.

Currency:

EUR

Available Certification Systems:

EDGE

Website:

www.procreditbank-kos.com

Contact:

fatos.hasani@procredit-group.com

Gain insights from your peers.


Bancolombia, Colombia’s largest commercial bank, is pivoting the construction market towards a more sustainable future by issuing green bonds.

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To begin your bank’s journey towards offering sustainable finance, consider joining IFC’s Green Banking Academy. Send an email to express your interest.

You may also reach out to the EDGE Team directly to request specific information about how to incorporate EDGE in your green building investment strategy.

Developers

Reap the rewards of building green.


Position your company at the forefront of change while improving the operational performance of your buildings.


Why choose EDGE?


Because the overall value of EDGE outweighs the extra costs of design and certification, making a clear case for profitability. Here are more than a dozen reasons with examples:

Developers are winning awards for their projects that are certified with EDGE.

With plans for a city within a city in Lagos, Eko Atlantic has defined the direction of its brand as certifiably green, attracting global attention for its efforts.

Prior to purchase, homeowners fully understood the benefits of an EDGE-certified home at Greenox, an iconic residential tower in Istanbul built by Aycan-Feres.

In Accra, monthly utility bills can surpass the price of rent. By positioning itself as EDGE certified, Atlantic Tower attracts multi-national clients while maintaining capacity rates of nearly 100%.

ArthaLand’s Century Pacific Tower, which has been triple-certified green including with EDGE Zero Carbon, charges among the highest rates for office space in all of the Philippines because of the building’s sustainability credentials.

In Colombia, 3G Constructores saved more than $82,000 on a green construction loan from Bancolombia for its EDGE-certified Ambar Infinity project.

With its portfolio commitment to EDGE, Balwin Properties is selling a record number of homes in South Africa. The developer recently partnered with a local bank, Absa, on an eco-home loan.

EDGE certification gave Mexican property developer DCM the opportunity to create commercial alliances to advertise its ELEMENTS project for free, and obtain discounts in media with a focus on sustainability.

In the Philippines, Imperial Homes is certifying all of its solar-powered social housing projects with EDGE going forward, bringing more than 700 homes to the real estate market annually.

EDGE factors large in the vision of Peru’s LatAm Logistic Properties, enabling the developer to quantify their value proposition to customers. Their warehouses are the first of their kind in frontier markets.

Capital House sold their EDGE-certified homes in Ho Chi Minh City 20 percent faster than average, which reduced overall costs for the developer by an estimated 3 percent. On the other side of the world, Constructora Bolivar sold out its 127 Living project in a record 45 days. And in Mexico, Casas Krea went from selling 25-30 homes per month on average for its Villas del Fresno project to 49, despite the pandemic.

Operational savings will pay for the entire cost of construction of the Mother and Baby Unit in Kumasi, Ghana within 20 years. Built by Africa Building Partners, the hospital is certified with EDGE.

Out of 168 units at Revolución 757 in Mexico City, four units were sold because customers insisted on buying a green home. FICADE, the developer, expects this demand to grow exponentially in the future.

With smart meters installed in each of the homes they finance and manage, International Housing Solutions can prove to South African families that they will save one month of rent each year.

Discover a who’s who of developers.


See which developers are registering and certifying their projects with EDGE, and whether they are interested in new sources of investment. It’s a great tool for banks looking for certified green assets to finance. Note that this list is updated on a monthly basis.

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Positively impact their lives, resulting in greater profitability and a healthier environment for all.