First EDGE Green Building Certified Home in Mongolia, Demonstrating Environmental Benefits and Energy Savings
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, May 31, 2022—Sakura House, an energy-efficient private home in the capital Ulaanbaatar, is the first in Mongolia to receive IFC’s EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies) green building certification. The pilot house, showcasing the benefits of going green, uses electricity rather than traditional fossil fuel-based heating and will save over 50% on energy costs.
The 70m2 two-storey Sakura House was built by Sakura Property LLC to promote energy-efficient housing programs in Ulaanbaatar’s ger district – a settlement for low- and middle-income families. By replacing traditional fossil fuel-based heating, Sakura House will be smoke-free in the winter, which is crucial given the air quality and health issues in the area. In addition, PV (photovoltaic) solar panels were installed to provide 55% of the electricity needed. Overall, the house, through innovative housing technology and designs, will save 57% energy, 27% water and 42% building materials.
The EDGE-certified pilot house, developed with the support of international and Mongolian partners, including the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), the Mongolian Bankers Association (MBA) and the Mongolian Association for Sustainable Finance (ToC) is expected to be just the first of its kind in Mongolia.
“IFC and the ministry have cooperated in the field of green building certification and promotion in Mongolia,” said E.Zolboo, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Construction and Urban Development (MCUD). “We are grateful that IFC’s EDGE program has made it possible to issue energy certificates for buildings. We are committed to continuing the implementation of green development policies in the country.”
EDGE is a voluntary resource efficiency certification system developed by IFC specifically for emerging markets. It provides technical solutions to reduce by at least 20% the consumption of energy, water and embodied energy in the consumption of building materials of construction projects compared to similar buildings, thus helping to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions and building operating costs.
The EDGE certification scheme will be used in 10,000 new affordable homes to be built as part of a planned green affordable housing project in the capital. IFC is also working to assess the energy efficiency of more buildings in Ulaanbaatar.
“Green buildings can help meet the growing housing demand of a rapidly urbanizing city like Ulaanbaatar while reducing carbon emissions,” said Rufat Alimardanov, IFC Resident Representative for Mongolia. He added, “Sakura House is a milestone for our work in green building certifications in Mongolia. In the future, we will support more public and private buildings in the country to help them adopt energy efficiency measures.
IFC, in partnership with the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program administered by the World Bank and the Hungarian government, also helped the MCUD and the Energy Regulatory Commission assess the energy efficiency of buildings in Mongolia thanks to a labeling system developed over the past few years. a few years. This month, IFC will audit five public and private buildings in Ulaanbaatar, including the MCUD office building.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the world’s largest development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work in more than 100 countries, using our capital, expertise and influence to create markets and opportunities in developing countries. In fiscal year 2021, IFC committed a record $31.5 billion to private businesses and financial institutions in developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end poverty. extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity as economies grapple with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.
An innovation from IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, EDGE is a green building standard and certification system that enables building professionals to quickly and easily determine the most cost-effective ways to build green based on the type of building and the local climate. Available worldwide, EDGE was created in response to the need for a measurable solution to make the financial case for green building.
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