This blog has discussed the benefits of following the LEED standard for a more environmentally-friendly office. Another system promoted by the United States Green Building Council is the EDGE standard, which is part of the United States Green Building Council’s five-year forecast for future activity. As the USGBC mentioned this in a recent press release, the International Finance Corporation describes the way the certification works and provides case studies to use when pursuing it.
An FAQ on the site explains the specifics of this system and how it can be used for a greener impact. Like the LEED system, EDGE allows for different kinds of new buildings, including office buildings and homes. However, the source notes that it doesn’t use “credits” the way LEED does, instead basing its ranking on energy, water and materials ratings.
One similarity the two standards share is their possible applicability across the world: back in September, the USGBC promoted a series of webinars for EDGE education in India. This document explained how EDGE relates to other ways of verifying structures.
“If speed, affordability and simplicity are important to you, along with climate-smart data that is specific to the location of your project, EDGE could be the best choice,” it reads. “EDGE is non-competitive in nature, as its intention is to help scale up green building eco-systems in emerging markets.”
Green office solutions based on reuse let companies plan out their efficiency so they meet their goals. Whatever system you decide to use, working with reuse experts helps you avoid generating undue amounts of waste.