Find the answer to your most frequently asked questions about EDGE certification and technical subjects.
Why does IFC have a green building certification system?
IFC recognizes that there is a window of opportunity to shape resilient cities of the future, where more than 70 percent of the world’s population will live by 2050. Today’s cities already account for 70 percent of GHG emissions. By creating a green building certification system for emerging economies, IFC addresses climate change while simultaneously helping to boost prosperity through the construction of buildings with improved operational costs.
What does it mean to become EDGE certified?
“EDGE certified” is a term that pertains to a building project that has been granted certification by a provider through a formal process led by a trained auditor. The building must demonstrate resource efficiency of 20 percent in the categories of energy, water and embodied energy in materials to qualify for certification. The certification is granted by an authorized services provider with independent auditing provided by a licensed EDGE Auditor. Utilizing the EDGE software for project assessment is the first step to becoming EDGE certified.
Can my company become EDGE certified?
Only building projects can be certified. No building material, supplier, firm or individual can become EDGE certified. Additionally, the term “EDGE certified” cannot be used for a building where the EDGE software was utilized for design purposes but the building was not subsequently awarded certification by an authorized EDGE certification services provider.
Can my project become EDGE certified no matter where it is located in the world?
EDGE certification is available in more than 170 countries that are included within the EDGE software.
Can I trade credits among the three resource categories (energy, water and materials) in order to achieve the EDGE standard?
EDGE doesn’t use “credits” but instead works on a pass/no pass basis where the project must achieve at least a 20% reduction in each of the three resource categories to reach the EDGE standard. Depending on the level of ambition, you can design an EDGE Advanced building (where at least 40% energy savings are achieved) or a zero-net carbon building.
If my building is certified at the design stage, am I all set?
A certificate at the design stage is preliminary. A building must be reviewed again by a trained EDGE auditor and a site audit performed after the completion of the project to achieve EDGE certification. This is in case any changes have been implemented during the construction process.
If my project is EDGE certified, is it automatically certified by other major international standards?
EDGE is an independent certification system that currently doesn’t have a reciprocal relationship with other international rating systems.
Why should I verify the resource efficiency of a building using the EDGE software if I’m not interested in certifying it?
The EDGE software quickly and easily helps to evaluate the most cost-effective systems and solutions that result in 20 percent or more resource efficiency savings for a project. You can also quickly view capital costs and their associated payback times. While it is best utilized at the design stage, the EDGE software can also support the assessment of an existing building, to check its level of savings against a baseline.
Why should I choose EDGE over other certification systems?
Choosing a certification system that is right for your project depends on many factors. If speed, affordability and simplicity are important to you, along with a powerful software that is driven by climate-smart data and an opportunity to co-brand with the World Bank Group name, then EDGE could be the best choice. EDGE is non-competitive in nature, as its intention is to help scale up green building eco-systems in emerging markets. EDGE is one of many certification systems, each having its own purpose and advantage within a given market.
Must my project receive IFC financing to qualify for EDGE certification?
The majority of EDGE certification will occur outside of IFC’s investment program, as the primary intention is to support the rapid escalation of green building growth, through a wide variety of available financing.
How is the pricing for EDGE certification calculated?
The pricing for EDGE certification is set by the certification provider(s) in each country, and varies according to the project’s number of buildings, floor area and type of building. More information is available in the Certify section.
What is the role of certification providers in EDGE?
Certification providers such as green building councils and other certifying bodies provide EDGE certification by serving as third parties that validate the work of independent, EDGE-trained auditors.
What is the process for becoming a certification provider for EDGE?
EDGE certification providers are selected based on their capability to provide outstanding certification and auditing services at high volume, in addition to building relationships with a wide range of important stakeholders within a given country. There is a detailed process to become an EDGE certifying authority that involves adoption of the software, target-setting and other collaborative engagement. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I become an EDGE auditor?
The first step to becoming an EDGE auditor is to become an EDGE Expert, which requires attending EDGE Experts training, passing the EDGE Exam and becoming accredited by IFC. EDGE Experts serve as trusted advisors to clients, helping them to make the best decisions when designing their projects green.
Once you have become an EDGE Expert, you can then advance to becoming an EDGE Auditor, if there is demand in your respective country. EDGE Auditors are licensed by EDGE global and local certification services providers, with different eligibility and training requirements depending on the provider.
Can I certify existing buildings with EDGE?
Yes. EDGE certification has been broadened to include every stage of a building’s life cycle: new construction, existing buildings and buildings undergoing a renovation. EDGE serves as an asset rating system that attests to the building’s projected resource efficiency based on its physical characteristics, not its operational performance. For more information, visit EDGE Broadens Scope Beyond New Buildings.
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