BCI Asia is pleased to announce the latest news from one of our honoured Top Ten winners, Archetype Group which has recently signed an agreement to partner with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on EDGE, a software, standard, and green building certification system for emerging markets.
IFC, which is a member of the World Bank Group that focuses on the private sector, has gained Archetype’s support in encouraging clients in the Asia Pacific region to assess their projects with the free EDGE software and achieve certification.
The EDGE software, which is the first of its kind in the world, is an innovation that can be used to determine the financial viability of a green building project at the early design stage. It incorporates numerical checks and balances to ensure that a third party service provider can credibly certify compliance of a project to the EDGE standard, which is at least 20 percent less energy, water, and embodied energy in materials compared to a base case. EDGE is a fast, easy and affordable way to ensure that resource-efficient residential and commercial buildings are available to all.
The collaboration between IFC and Archetype Group aims to accelerate the adoption of green building options and sustainable practices in fast-changing markets throughout Asia Pacific. Furthermore, Archetype has committed to using EDGE to assess at least 30% of its total new projects in the next year, with the ambition to reach 80% by 2020.