EDGE Certification Process

EDGE Certification Process

4 Simple Steps to Certification

Project Assessment

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

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.

Our fees – individual buildings

Registration per project site: $30

Project Type


Design Audit

Final Audit


Residential (single-family housing developments or apartment buildings with up to 100 units and up to three house/apartment types).

$2,400 $4,000 $4,000 $10,400

Commercial (buildings with a single-end use, including hotels, retail, offices, education buildings and hospitals).

$2,400 $4,000 $4,000 $10,400

These fees represent the total costs for standard projects, including travel costs and any other ancillary expenses. For multi-use buildings, residential buildings with more than 100 units and/or more than three unit types, or for complex projects with multiple buildings or phases, please request custom pricing using the button found below.

Basic assessment support can be provided by one of our EDGE Expert Partners at no additional cost. Discounts are available if you have already have an EDGE Expert on you team, or for multiple project registrations.

Request a quotation

Our fees – portfolio of buildings

Through a sampling process and innovative auditing techniques, we can quickly and efficiently certify entire building portfolios with a global footprint. For commercial buildings, we look at similar building designs to define a representative sample to perform a full audit, which reduces the time and costs of the overall certification process.

For the residential sector, we focus primarily on certifying standard design units. Once the design of these units is certified, developers can roll out the implementation phase, use the design certification to market, promote or sell residential units and certify on a project-by-project basis. 

Our clients use portfolio certification to quantify and show their sustainability impact in reports, ultimately attracting more investment in their portfolios. 

Portfolio certification is very cost-competitive and comes at a fraction of the cost of certifying buildings individually. The level of discount depends on the complexity of the designs and the size of the portfolio.

Interested in learning more about the portfolio approach and pricing? Contact us today to schedule an introductory meeting.

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