The EDGE certification system is an evolving certification system created by the international financial organization IFC, a member of the World Bank Group.
The EDGE system focuses on the increase of building environmental value and evaluates a building in three categories:
In each of these categories, it is necessary to find effective solutions and achieve a minimum of 20% improvement compared to a similar traditional building provided by the EDGE system.
The most common international certification systems, such as LEED BREEAM, have more strict requirements for building performance, require complex calculations for energy efficiency, life cycle assessment, etc. It creates obstacles in expansion of “green” certification to the real estate and construction market, especially in countries and regions where the competence to carry out calculations in accordance with international standards is not sufficiently developed.
With minimum efforts the design team can make a project more energy and water efficient and significantly save operating costs, as well as reduce CO2 emissions during operation of the building. EDGE encourage real estate market to implement more efficient strategies and as a result contribute to green economy growth within set timeline and minimum costs even in the countries which suffer from lack of green building specialists.
EDGE provides the design team with EDGE Software – a simple and free integrated online tool. It calculates an impact from the design solutions and helps the design team to find the most cost-effective ways quickly and easily for the building to achieve EDGE target level, assess efficiency and define the probability of certification.
We would like to share the experience of HPBS in certification of a residential complex in Tashkent.
The project of a residential buildings in Tashkent consists of 12 residential buildings with underground parking and commercial premises. The project claims for the EDGE Advanced level, which confirms the achievement of a 40% reduction in energy consumption.
This is the first project in Uzbekistan certified by EDGE, and there are only up to 10 projects certified according to international standards (according to LEED, BREEAM databases as of October 2022) in Uzbekistan.
What was done to reach the EDGE Advanced level?
ENERGY – 43% reduction in energy consumption
WATER – 35% reduction of water consumption
MATERIALS – 35% reduction in the embodied energy of materials
The project is not only focused on high environmental performance of energy and resource saving, but also on creating a high-quality environment for its occupants. The project provides high-quality landscaping and open spaces, transport accessibility and availability of services.
How HPBS helps to gain EDGE certification?
HPBS is a team of professional green building consultants, having accredited EDGE, LEED, WELL and BREEAM Experts in team. This expertise allows Project team to correctly interpret EDGE criteria requirements, reduce time to develop effective design solutions and prepare documents for the design and construction review. HPBS experts take responsibility for the communication and technical support from IFC and optimize assessment processes. HPBS accompany the Project team and the Project Owner during all stages – from the Design to Commissioning, as well as offer solutions to promote EDGE certified green building.
Authors: Andyuseva Anastasia