For those who are highly motivated by environmental stewardship, the EDGE software now recognizes the procurement of offsite renewable energy and carbon offsets. EDGE also now reports the carbon footprint of all projects going forward. A new graph automatically appears in the energy section once a project has achieved 40 percent energy reduction, to estimate the purchase of renewable energy or carbon offsets required for a zero net carbon building. Through adoption of either strategy, an EDGE-certified project will be commended for carbon neutrality on its EDGE certificate.
The initiative is a result of close collaboration with Architecture 2030, the world’s leading think tank for encouraging architects to design climate-smart buildings, who believe that all new buildings and major renovations should be carbon neutral by 2030. The American Institute of Architects, World Green Building Council and the Global Alliance for Building and Construction have also expressed their support to help influence the adoption of zero net energy buildings wherever possible. In China, more than 50 architectural and planning firms have already pledged to design massive developments to either low-carbon or carbon-neutral standards.
Architecture 2030 references strategies recommended within the EDGE software through swatches in its 2030 Palette, an online resource for the design of zero net carbon buildings.