The Head Office of ProCredit Bank Bulgaria is the first building in the ProCredit Group to achieve EDGE Zero Carbon certification. Zero Carbon status is awarded to EDGE-certified projects that have offset 100% of their operational emissions and have reached at least 40% energy savings onsite compared to a base case building. This achievement reflects ProCredit’s strategy of reducing its environmental impact through various measures.
LED lighting, insulation, energy-efficient cooling and ventilation systems, sensible heat recovery from exhaust air, and a solar photovoltaic plant were installed in the office to achieve 50 percent onsite energy savings. The remaining CO2 emissions will be offset through biogas production from the local wastewater treatment plant.
The ProCredit Group is made up of development-oriented commercial banks operating in Southeastern and Eastern Europe and South America. The group is committed to minimizing the impact of its lending operations and encouraging its clients to invest in an environmentally-responsible way.
ProCredit Bank’s head office in Bulgaria has received EDGE Zero Carbon certification from Sintali-SGS.
Predicted Savings of EDGE Certification
Less Embodied Energy in Materials
Reduced window-to-wall ratio, insulation of the roof and external walls, higher thermal performance glass, an energy-efficient air conditioning system, solar photovoltaics, energy-saving lighting in internal spaces, occupancy sensors, offsite renewable energy procurement, and carbon offsets.
Dual-flush water closets and low-flow faucets in all bathrooms and water-efficient faucets for kitchen sinks.
Re-use of existing floor, roof, walls, and window frames.
*Part of the energy efficiency percentage may be associated with virtual energy for comfort depending on the presence of heating and cooling systems. Note that virtual energy does not contribute savings to utility bills.