EDGE has broadened its scope beyond new buildings to meet growing demand for certification.
EDGE has been expanded to include the full stage of a building’s life cycle, making it possible to certify existing buildings and major renovations in addition to new construction. The decision was made to meet client demand for the certification of existing stock.
As is the case with the certification of new design with EDGE, the assessment of existing buildings and major renovations attests to the building’s features, not its performance. EDGE serves as an asset rating instrument that defines whether the building has met the minimum standard of 20 percent less energy, 20 percent less water and 20 percent less embodied energy in materials compared to a base case building.