Colombia. Five years after the arrival of the EDGE Certification in Colombia, there has been a growing interest of entrepreneurs in the construction sector to massify sustainable construction practices in Colombia, generating positive impacts in terms of savings of water, energy, and energy embedded in construction materials, which allows improving the quality of life of Colombians and contributing to concrete actions from housing in the fight against climate change.
According to Camacol, "currently, in the country, more than 9 million square meters have been certified for buildings in the segments of commerce, industry, hospitals, hotels and housing. In terms of housing, 130,000 housing units have been certified; in housing VIS, 95 thousand".
For the president of Camacol, Sandra Forero Ramírez, "the construction sector is increasingly contributing to the mitigation and adaptation to climate change in a consistent way, leading the transformation of the industry in Colombia. These positive results show an active contribution of the sector towards the achievement of the country's commitments, through sustainable construction guidelines that generate water and energy savings in buildings, but, above all, that generate business capacities for this transformation towards sustainability as a business center".
Ommid Saberi, IFC Technical Leader and one of the world's leading sustainability experts, argued that: "When it comes to green buildings, Colombia occupies a leading position in Latin America. In the last five years, the Colombian Chamber of Construction (Camacol) has been the local partner of edge certification in the country. From that role, together with its institutional strength in the construction sector, its commitment to sustainability and joint work with different sectors, the guild has led Colombia in an unprecedented transformation of the green building market".
It is noteworthy that green buildings generate great efficiencies. EDGE's results in the country reflect savings equivalent to: an annual saving of 217,507 megawatt hours (MWh); 7.3 million cubic meters (m3) of water per year, and 88,487 total tons of carbon dioxide (CO₂) per year. Additionally, in Latin America, Colombia is the country with the largest number of financial institutions that offer preferential financing for sustainable projects.