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Thinkstep, SGS Partner on EDGE Green Building Program

Thinkstep and SGS have partnered to bring IFC’s green building standard, EDGE, to nearly 100 developing countries.

As an IFC global partner, thinkstep and SGS will work closely with IFC to generate wide-spread recognition of EDGE, satisfy demand and bring environmental building certification to the mass market.

Resource-efficient or green buildings can help alleviate the impact of rapid development on climate change. Green buildings also benefit building owners and occupiers, particularly in housing where utility bills can be a significant share of a homeowner’s income in developing countries.

As IFC’s green building label for new residential and commercial buildings, EDGE is also a green building design tool, free for anyone to use. EDGE’s approach enables design teams and project owners to identify the most cost-effective green building solutions for their projects.

To reach the EDGE standard, a building must achieve at least a 20 percent reduction in energy and water use, and a 20 percent reduction in the energy used to make the construction materials.

IFC also announced global partner Green Business Certification Inc. GBCI and SGS currently serve as local certification providers for EDGE in India and Vietnam respectively, which has helped them prepare for global readiness.


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