EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies) is a tool aimed at increasing energy, water and materials efficiency in the South African residential sector.
EDGE is a measurable way for residential developers to optimise the performance of their building design. The certification requires achieving a minimum saving of 20% in the three categories: operational energy, water usage and reduction in embodied energy.
EDGE Certification Results in Residential Developments and Homes that:
Are at least 20% more energy efficient and use at least 20% less water
Have at least 20% less embodied energy (energy associated with materials use)
Have sustainability embedded into construction processes
Lead to long-term environmental savings
Sell better, are affordable and lead to long-term economic savings
EDGE Certification has a myriad of benefits that extend further than just a reduced environmental footprint. These benefits extend to the people involved in the building, such as:
Green homes perform better, sell as much as four times faster and at a higher price, whilst protecting the environment.
A resource-conscious building performs well, has fewer utility costs and produces greater long-term savings.
EDGE is simple & inexpensive, leading to optimised buildings which are more investment-worthy and marketable.
The EDGE software empowers architects to determine the most cost-effective options for a building’s efficient design.
EDGE provides a holistic solution, creating a single snapshot of resource efficient performance.
Our track record is proven! As EDGE is a relatively new certification scheme by the Green Building Council of South Africa, there aren’t many companies that can claim experience in this field. Ecolution Consulting was responsible for guiding the first EDGE project to receive final certification in Africa. We are able to assist in the roles of Project Admin and Auditor on behalf of the client. We also have a proven track-record in reducing the overall cost of certification, thereby driving down costs and increasing project margins.
EDGE Project Admin (Ideally an EDGE Expert)
There are two additional roles of certifier admin and reviewer. These roles are selected by the certifier to review or provide quality control.