Investing in green buildings is not only essential for a sustainable future, but also makes smart business sense. Almost half of all energy generated across the world is used to cool, light, and ventilate buildings, and more than half of all resources are used in construction.
An innovation of IFC, EDGE helps you to design green buildings in more than 100 countries.
EDGE encourages resource-efficient building growth by proving the business case for building green. Whether you are constructing homes or apartments, hotels or resorts, offices, retail, or health care buildings, EDGE empowers you to build sustainably. Use EDGE only at the design stage or take your building all the way through to certification.
Responsible development will become ever more essential to reduce climate change. But smart developers realize that a smaller carbon footprint also translates to greater marketability — and profitability.
In order to take a holistic approach, IFC invests in the manufacturing of green building materials and energy efficient technology to spur market transformation. Such innovation allows emerging markets to become increasingly competitive and develop a highly skilled labor force.
IFC partners with energy service companies (ESCOs) as a platform to deliver energy efficiency solutions for environmentally-friendly buildings. ESCOs share the benefits of their conservation measures with customers through performance-based contracts that guarantee savings.
IFC leverages capital from other development finance institutions and local banks who understand that sustainability and profitability go hand in hand. Through its Green Bonds investment fund, IFC offers opportunities to socially responsible investors who wish to support climate change-related projects in emerging markets.
IFC’s Advisory Services works with governments and regulators on the national and municipal levels to build capacity for green buildings through policy and regulatory support. Through public private partnerships, IFC works with governments to mobilize private capital and harness the expertise of the private sector in the construction of green buildings, whether airports, schools, or healthcare facilities.