Câmara Brasileira da Indústria da Construção (CBIC) today announced that it has partnered with SGS and Sintali to jointly promote EDGE, the green building certification programme launched by the International Finance Corporation (“IFC”), a member of the World Bank Group.
EDGE helps property owners and developers build and operate green buildings. It is supported by free software that encourages solutions to improve energy efficiency, water efficiency and the embodied energy in materials by at least 20% compared to a local baseline, which is the minimum standard for EDGE certification. The local baseline is calculated based on building codes, local climatic data and standard industry practices for Brazil.
The consortium of Sintali-SGS acts as an EDGE global certification services provider for IFC. Operating as a one-stop shop for EDGE certification and audit services, Sintali-SGS deliver the highest quality service for clients around the world. With experience certifying and auditing projects throughout Brazil and in over 60 countries around the world, Sintali-SGS bring global expertise to local markets.
Through this partnership, members of CBIC members will get access to exclusive discounts to apply for EDGE certification and auditing. CBIC members will also be able to access discounted trainings to build capacity for green building implementation locally.
“The future of the construction market in Brazil is green. As the sector grows rapidly, it is more important than ever to offer solutions that allow companies to scale efforts in a cost-effective and resource-effective manner. EDGE was designed for mass market transformation and represents a unique opportunity for the country to embrace the green transition.” said Fabian Gonçalves, Business Manager at SGS Brazil.
“The green building sector represents a significant opportunity for investment and for decarbonisation. By providing solutions for CBIC’s members, we hope to help deploy green buildings at scale across Brazil,” said Thomas Saunders, Managing Director at Sintali.
CBIC recently also signed a memorandum of understanding with the IFC to work together to advance EDGE in government and financing institutions.
For more details about EDGE and the benefits for CBIC members, please visit https://www.sintali.com/cbic-member-page
The Brazilian Chamber for the Construction Industry(CBIC) aims to address issues related to the construction industry and the real estate market. The entity institutionally represents the sector and promotes the integration of the construction production chain throughout the country, contributing to Brazilian economic and social development. CBIC acts in the promotion and articulation of the sector to forward the main demands and proposals to the public authorities, always with the objective of stimulating the productive sector, improving the business environment and the consequent generation of employment and income in the country. Learn more: www.cbic.org.br
Sintali is an independent company that quantifies and verifies the environmental impact of decisions, and helps organisations map out the road to net zero. With deep expertise in the development of green building standards and corporate sustainability, Sintali brings transparency and rigor to the sustainability realm. For more information, visit https://www.sintali.com
As the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, SGS is recognised as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 89,000 employees, SGS operates a network of more than 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world. SGS’s reputation for independence, excellence and innovation has established the company as the market leader in providing services that improve efficiency, reduce risk and deliver competitive advantages for customers. For more information, visit www.sgs.com
An innovation of IFC, EDGE helps property developers to build and brand green in a fast, easy and affordable way. EDGE is supported by free software that encourages solutions to reduce energy, water and the energy used to make building materials by at least 20 percent, which is the standard for EDGE certification. The program has been generously supported by the following partners: Austria, Canada, Denmark, ESMAP, EU, Finland, GEF, Hungary, Japan, United Kingdom, and Switzerland. For more information, visit www.edgebuildings.com.
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