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  • Johnson Controls wins final EDGE certification from GBCI for its Gensler-designed Asian headquarters in Shanghai.

For EDGE-certified offices, green design works to your advantage.

Office buildings get hot from people, computers and near constant lighting. Where an office building is located, the direction that it faces, and how it will be used are among many important factors that need to be considered at the start. Typical mistakes made during the design phase can be avoided if an energy-saving façade is combined with a well-engineered interior.

EDGE takes orientation, occupancy density and operational hours into account to model a base case office building. Design teams can then sculpt a more effective and appealing work space for little if any extra cost.

For developers who manage their properties, green office buildings command higher rents. They work well for developers who build to sell, too, as green buildings command a 7% higher asset value, according to a 2016 Dodge Data & Analytics study of 69 countries.

A green office building is an extraordinary asset that can be easily differentiated on the market. That is why for offices in emerging markets, EDGE works wonders.

Challenge

How to ensure that your commercial property is an energy-saver that won’t disappoint tenants or future owners through poor performance.

Opportunity

Client demand and market demand for buildings that  perform better than their peers, which contribute to a developer’s track record and reputation.

Results

According to Dodge Data Analytics, green office buildings command a 3% higher rent ratio, have a 3.5% greater occupancy ratio and provide a 6.6% higher return on investment.

Take the first steps to designing a resource-efficient office building with EDGE.

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Go to the EDGE App and select the Offices building type.

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Select your country and city.

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Fill in the Building Data, including whether your office is open plan or cellular.

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For the most accurate results, specify the dimensions of the office building’s layout.

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Indicate the building orientation.

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After completing the inputs on the Design tab, move on to the next step of selecting energy-saving measures.

It takes less than 30 minutes to design a resource-efficient office building with EDGE. Determine the solutions that make the most sense at the least cost, keeping the preference of employees in mind. EDGE has built-in climate data that is specific to where your property is located, for the most accurate results. Go to the EDGE App to get started.