New green build­ing cer­ti­fi­ca­tion

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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

con­sider- ably.”

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

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