EDGE Green Building Certification

EDGE Green Building Certification

An innovation of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), member of the World Bank Group, EDGE creates intersections among market players to deepen the understanding that everyone wins financially by building green.


The EDGE app allows you to determine the most cost-effective options for your building’s resource-efficient design. Pre-loaded with localised utility costs and climate data, EDGE can do your physics calculations on your designs for you. It’s a great investment planning tool for building owners with a simple, easy-to-use interface. Bonus: it’s free! Assess your building in minutes. Try it today.

EDGE Standard

EDGE defines a global green building standard. To achieve the standard, a building must demonstrate a 20% reduction in operational energy consumption, water use, and embodied energy of materials as compared to a local base case. Find out more

EDGE Certification System

The EDGE certificate is a recognized award that will lend independent third-party verification and credibility to your green building portfolio, enhance your brand image and deliver real business value. Learn more

thinkstep-SGS Consortium

The thinkstep-SGS consortium offers the unique synergy between world-class audit and certification services, global representation, and rich expertise and experience in the development and operation of green building standards and the quantification of sustainable construction. Register with us and benefit from our holistic approach to building green. We accompany you every step of the way to ensure you succeed sustainably.


Building Design

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Met the standard? Why not certify it?

Once a project meets the EDGE standard in the design tool, the thinkstep and SGS’s audit and certification system is an affordable and simplified way to validate your green building achievements both at design and construction stage.

The EDGE certificate is a recognized award that will lend independent third-party verification and credibility to your green-building portfolio, enhance your brand image and deliver real business value.

EDGE Certification Process

Project Assessment

Use EDGE for free at www.edgebuildings.com. Create a new project and get started straight away entering basic building data, so that EDGE can calculate a base case. The intuitive, simple interface allows you to begin optimising your design, finding the most cost-effective way of achieving the EDGE standard.

Project Registration

In preparation for an EDGE audit simply complete our registration form. thinkstep-SGS will take care of the rest and provide you with offers for the registration and certification as well as the audit of your project.


You will receive a link to our file sharing platform. Start uploading your documents and provide your SGS auditor access to the files and to the EDGE assessment you have completed. Whether at design stage or post-construction, the SGS auditor will carry out a thorough audit of your EDGE assessment.


Once the SGS auditors are satisfied that the standard has been achieved they will submit the audit to thinkstep for certification. Receiving an EDGE certificate will lend credibility to your green building portfolio, enhance your brand image and deliver real business value.

EDGE Experts

Offering advice on EDGE

EDGE is intended to be quick and intuitive, but if your design team doesn’t have familiarity with EDGE, then having a team member take the EDGE Expert training may be the right choice. 

Find an EDGE Expert

Depending on the capacity and capability of your design team, external EDGE Experts can help support by applying their skills, insights and thorough understanding of the EDGE software and green building standard.

What our clients say

With the thinkstep-SGS consortium, there’s no compromise. Whether you are a multi-million project developer or just a small scale ‘one-man’ project, you get the same expert support from the EDGE team. SGS is walking at your side and advising you from the very first step in EDGE until the certificate issuance. We can only recommend it to anyone.

Sam Zacca , General Manager, Mabani Holdings

CDC and Actis are delighted that these developments are among the first EDGE design-certified projects in Africa. They set a benchmark for the industry. We would like to thank all those involved – including the project developers Dar Group, SGS, thinkstep and IFC – for sharing our vision and dedication to make this possible.

Ritu Kumar, Director Environmental and Social Responsibility, CDC Group plc & Amanda Jean-Baptiste, Director Real Estate Group, Actis ,

Do you own a green building project?

Calling all green building project owners!

thinkstep is working with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to showcase that building green is easy and affordable. We are looking for case studies from emerging economies that showcase examples of efficiency measures.

For example:

  • What have you installed to make your building more energy efficient and/or water efficient?
  • What about the materials you used in your building?
  • What alternatives to concrete did you incorporate in the building design?

We will compile this information into a case study and publicise it to prove that building green is mainstream.

Why should you participate?

IFC will feature the case studies on its website and emphasise the building designers as leaders in the industry. Promote your efficiency measures and project for free with one of the most prominent global brands in the world, IFC, member of the World Bank Group, and reach an international audience.

Interested in participating?

Email us today at eleni.polychroniadou@thinkstep.com expressing your interest and we will work with you to gather the appropriate material. Participation is free of charge.

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