New green building certification
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group; GBCI, a thirdparty agency recognising excellence in the green building industry; have partnered with CREDAI, t he apex body of private real estate developers, to launch EDGE green building certification system in India. This will boost eco-friendly construction and make buildings more resource-efficient.
EDGE (excellence in design for greater efficiencies) is a free, easy-to-use software that suggests practical solutions for energy and water savings, improving operational performance at little or no extra cost.
To qualify for certification, a building must achieve a 20 percent reduction in energy, water, and construction resources compared to a standard building. IFC’s green buildings programme in India is supported by the European Union.
“EDGE will help push the eco- friendly construction market in India,” says Mahesh Ramanujam, president, Green Business Certification Inc. “Resource-efficient designs will help to prove the business case for developers to differentiate their projects by building green.”
Johann Hesse, head of Cooperation of the European Union, says, “Buildings account for nearly one-third of electricity consumed in India and significant savings can be made in the water and energy sector by improving their efficiency. This will help fight climate change
CREDAI will encourage its members, including local chapters, t o i ncor porate resource efficiency in their design using EDGE. IFC and GBCI will train members and share global best practices and knowledge with CREDAI on green building technologies.
“This partnership has the potential to transform the housing market and help the real estate industry incorporate sustainable practices,” says Dharmesh Jain, president, MCHI-CREDAI.
Green buildings are a compelling need in rapidly urbanising India that has the world’s third-largest carbon footprint. An estimated 600 million people will live in Indian cities by 2031. The exponential demand in infrastructure, energy and water, will mean that buildings have to necessarily be less resource-intensive.
“We have a window of opportunity to shape resilient cities through smart d e s i g n a n d g r ow t h , given that two- thirds of I ndia’s building infrastructure is still t o c o m e u p, ” s ay s Prashant Kapoor, IFC’s principal green buildings specialist and the founder of EDGE.
“The certification pro g ramme aims t o democratise the green ratings market through easy- to- enforce design solutions build by consensus among home-owners, developers, designers, and architects that green buildings.”
Through the EDGE pro g ramme, I FC collaborates with premier par t ners t o s c al e up green building growth in emerging economies such as Costa Rica, Indonesia, and Vietnam. In India, the programme has been launched in Bengaluru and Delhi, in addition t o Mumbai.
The EDGE software is available free of charge at www. edgebuildings.com