Capricorn Corner Receives IFC’s Green Building Certification

The Capricorn Corner building, Capricorn Group’s state-of-the-art office facilities in Klein Windhoek, has earned the EDGE Advanced green building certification, the green building certification from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group.

The certification, presented by EDGE certification partner – Green Business Building Certification Inc. (GBCI), marks the first internationally recognised operational building to be EDGE-certified in Namibia. This achievement also preludes this year’s World Earth Day, highlighting the Group’s progress in environmental stewardship.

An innovation of IFC, EDGE is an online platform, a green building standard and a certification system for more than 170 countries. EDGE was created in response to the need for a measurable solution to prove the financial case for building green and help jumpstart the mainstreaming of green buildings. EDGE empowers building professionals to quickly and easily determine the most cost-effective ways to build green based on occupant behaviour, building type and the local climate.

The Capricorn Corner office building was designed according to world-class standards to be future-proof, environmentally friendly and safe to meet the current needs of employees and the future workforce. Windhoek Consulting Engineers were contracted to assist with the green building certification process. At the same time, Solid Green Consulting handled the auditing process.

As a result, the Capricorn Corner’s design choices achieved a post-construction EDGE Advanced Certification with 100% Energy savings, 36% water savings and 46% savings in embodied carbon in materials.

Janus van der Merwe, the Director of  Mechanical, Fire & Green Buildings at Windhoek Consulting Engineers, stated that “this certification meets an exceptional level of environmental performance and solidifies the Capricorn Group’s commitment to supporting Green Building developments, which will undoubtedly have a lasting impact on the larger community. This milestone is significant because it marks Namibia’s first EDGE Advanced Certification”.

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