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Perkins Eastman pledges to use EDGE green building system for five upcoming international projects

The firm will partner with the International Finance Corporation to promote sustainable building in emerging markets like India and China.

July 01, 2016 |

Perkins Eastman was the architect for the Huishan North Bund mixed-use development in Shanghai. The buildings received LEED Gold, China 3-Star Rating, and BREEAM Excellent Certifications. Rendering courtesy Perkins Eastman.

Perkins Eastman has pledged to apply Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies (EDGE) to at least five of its clients’ projects within the next year.

EDGE, a certification system of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), finds measurable solutions for the advancement of building green. EDGE software gives building professionals cost-effective ways to build green based on occupant behavior, building type, and the local climate.

Perkins Eastman partnered with IFC in an effort to influence the construction industry to utilize more low-carbon and less resource-intensive strategies. The groups will target emerging markets like India and China.

“We’re impressed that IFC has assembled a team fully committed to addressing this global issue and turning it into an opportunity for emerging markets,” said Scott Kilbourn, Principal and COO of Perkins Eastman’s international practice. “We think EDGE is a valuable forecasting tool that will help us shape and grow our sustainable design practice abroad, while helping to establish strong communities and smart placemaking.”

Perkins Eastman led sustainable projects in China and Turkey and is a signatory to the 2030 Commitment, an initiative to reach carbon neutrality. IFC has a green building investment portfolio of nearly $2 billion.

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