Crystal International will integrate this sustainable design concept to the future building projects

Crystal International will integrate this sustainable design concept to the future building projects

Hong Kong-based manufacturing giant Crystal International Group has been granted EDGE green building certification for its newly designed Vietnam knits factory, Regent Garment Factory Limited.

The facility has achieved the Building Environmental Certificate in recognition of the reduction in energy use, water use, and embodied energy in materials meeting the EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies) standard. 

As an innovation of International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, EDGE focuses on the next generation of green building certification in more than 170 countries and includes a cloud-based platform to calculate the cost of going green and utility savings.

For obtaining the Level 1 EDGE certification, a green building should earn a minimum of 20% savings in energy, water, and embodied energy in built materials to meet the green building standard. The new factory building reached 28% in energy savings, 37% in water savings, and 44% less embodied energy in materials. The building is still under construction and will be completed next year. Crystal International received a preliminary certificate at the design stage and will earn the final certification post-construction.

"Over the years, Crystal International has been putting efforts to promote environmental conservation and taking proactive actions to implement environmentally friendly practices in the factories and headquarters. This is the first building environmental certificate in Crystal International that recognises its persistent efforts. It shows further determination to embrace sustainability in an earlier stage of green building design, which goes beyond the production processes, offices, products or water treatment.

"By attaining EDGE standard, the new factory building will be able to achieve resource efficiency and improve operational performance."

The group plans to integrate the sustainable design concept to future building projects which, it said, does not only achieve energy and water savings but also supports the long-term group sustainability goal for tackling climate change.

With around 20 production facilities spanning five countries – Vietnam, China, Cambodia, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka – Crystal International makes lifestyle wear, denim, intimate, sweaters, and sportswear and outdoor apparel.

The group joined the Jeans Redesign project for denim circularity earlier this month.