EDGE broadens scope to include existing buildings, retrofit certifications
The EDGE Green building Certification system is now offering green building certification for existing buildings and retrofits, according to the organization.
EDGE has been expanded to include the full stage of a building’s life cycle. Now it’s possible to certify existing buildings and major renovations, in addition to new construction.
The assessment of existing buildings and major renovations within EDGE attests to the building’s features, not its performance. In this way, EDGE serves as an asset rating instrument that defines whether a building has met the minimum standard of 20 percent less energy, 20 percent less water and 20 percent less embodied energy in materials compared to a base case building, officials said.
Broadening the scope of EDGE to include buildings of all vintages is beneficial to many different market players, including managers, banks and buyers:
- Portfolio owners and real estate investment management companies can certify their stock to prove the resource efficiency of their assets.
- Banks offering mortgages and financing energy retrofit projects can take a measurable approach to reducing the risk associated with property investments.
- Homebuyers purchasing a pre-existing home are assured of the quality of their investment and know that they are doing the right thing for the environment.
For those who are interested in certifying an existing building, a project can be created within the EDGE App. EDGE experts can provide technical assistance to clients in the certification of existing buildings. Project owners can connect with EDGE Experts Around the World to help develop a project.
Topics: Architectural Firms, Associations / Organizations, Building Owners and Managers, Certifications, Consulting - Green & Sustainable Strategies and Solutions, Sustainable Communities, Urban Planning and Design