Greening Building Design with the Click of a Mouse
Small changes can make a big difference in the efficiency of buildings. Determining the most effective changes hasn’t always been easy, though, and resource-efficient homes and commercial buildings used to be rare in emerging markets.
As part of the effort to expand energy and resource efficiency around the world, the World Bank Group through its private sector arm, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), recently debuted an online tool called EDGE that allows anyone, from contractors to hospital managers to homeowners, to model the efficiency of a building using various options and alternative materials.
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