On the 28th of February 2018, the Bulgarian Green Building Council conducted a training for professionals on working with EDGE – the certification tool created by IFC, a member of the World Bank Group.
The certification system for emerging markets helps the property developers to do their best to build sustainably. Resource-efficient buildings clearly have impact, from the corporate bottom line to a homeowner’s pocket. EDGE is a measurable way for builders to optimize their designs, leading to a more investment-worthy and marketable product. By keeping certification fast and inexpensive, EDGE keeps pace with the momentum that developers need to stay at the forefront of the green building trend.
EDGE proves that the next generation of buildings can be more profitable while making a lighter carbon footprint. To qualify for certification, a building must achieve a 20% reduction in energy, water, and embodied energy in materials compared to a conventional building. The software is applicable for a variety of residential and commercial buildings, including homes and apartments, hotels and resorts, office buildings, health care facilities, and retail establishments.
The smart, user friendly software system is of great help to investors and project developers in many different countries around the globe, by offering a unique quantitative approach, as the EDGE software shares localized costs and climate data for site-specific results. The interface enables easy modeling of future performance without sacrificing design integrity. EDGE is useful for all stages of a project’s life cycle – from the pivotal moment when design is born, straight through to on-site decision-making.
Our training was hosted by INTERPRED − World Trade Centre (WTC) Sofia and visited by engineers and architects to increase their professional knowledge and leaded by Arch. Vessela Valtcheva-McGee.