For each project we are awarded, our policy is to offer our clients buildings that are exemplary in terms of environmental performance. It is in this spirit that Bouygues Bâtiment International and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) signed a partnership agreement aimed at deploying EDGE environmental certification across all Bouygues Bâtiment International-led projects for which HQE, LEED or BREEAM certifications seem to be inaccessible for the time being.
A member of the World Bank Group, IFC is the leading international establishment for development aid whose activities exclusively focus on the private sector. Initially created by the institution in order to assess the sustainability of its own investments, EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies) has been recently generalized and open to all the investors who expressed the need of such a tool.
A partnership in order to increase our certification commitment
Thanks to EDGE, Bouygues Bâtiment International intends to expand eco-design and reduce the environmental impacts of its works in emerging countries where the company operates, such as in Myanmar, Peru or Nigeria. The aim is to raise the building standards with an ambitious objective: -20% in terms of energy, -20% in water, -20% in embodied energy materials in comparison to the country’s conventional construction methods.
Bouygues Batiment International is committed to certifying at least 5 projects during the first year of the partnership, and aims to increase this share to 80% by 2020.
Although both players have already worked together in the past (in particular IFC participated in financing Zagreb airport), the partnership consolidates the links between the company and the financial institution, thereby underpinning their attachment to the same values, their common vision of sustainable development and their shared ambitions in terms of construction in emerging countries.