Around 50 participants representing various fields–architecture, civil, mechanical, electrical, environmental, electronics and sanitary engineering–attended the specialization seminar. The Professional Regulation Commission accredited the seminar under the Continuing Professional Development Program.
The course gave an overview and orientation on the green building standard and certification program called EDGE. EDGE is a program created by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group . It is offered and serviced here in the Philippines by one of its local partners, the Philippine Green Building Initiative.
Mr. Rushmir Music, IFC Operations Officer-EDGE Global Business Development Lead, shared the use of EDGE as a standard, tool, software and certification program to help buildings become resource-efficient and sustainable.
EDGE is a method, standard and program that building owners can undertake to realize utility cost savings and at the same time, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The course presented its scope and limitations, the measures to be undertaken and principles applied in approaching energy and water efficiencies; and reducing embodied energy in materials.
A demonstration on how the EDGE software is used along with its features was presented.