OOA’s Samartex Project Earns Prestigious EDGE Advanced Certificate for Sustainable Design

In a notable achievement, the Samartex project by Orthner Orthner & Associates, an architectual firm based in Accra, Ghana, has once again garnered recognition for its pioneering sustainable architecture. The project conceived 13 years ago, was recently honored with an EDGE Advanced Certificate by the International Finance Corporation, solidifying its position as a trailblazer in sustainable building practices.

This accolade places the Samartex project among the distinguished group of only nine EDGE-Certified buildings in Ghana for the years 2022 and 2023, with the additional distinction of being the sole recipient of an Advanced Certificate since EDGE’s establishment in Ghana six years ago.

Rosemary Orthner of Orthner Orthner & Associates holding up EDGE Certificate

The EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies) certification is a globally recognized standard for assessing the environmental performance of buildings, focusing on resource efficiency in water, energy, and materials. OOA’s Samartex project has not only met but exceeded these stringent criteria, earning the prestigious Advanced Certificate, a testament to its exceptional commitment to sustainable design and innovation.

The project stands as a beacon of inspiration, showcasing the heights that architecture firms can attain in terms of sustainability and eco-friendly construction practices. By securing this esteemed certification, OOA’s Samartex project reinforces the notion that environmentally conscious design can have a positive impact on various stakeholders, from occupants to the broader community.

Image of Samartex Project by OOA
Image of Facade of Samartex Project by OOA
Image of Samartex Project by OOA
Image of Samartex Project by OOA

The recognition of the Samartex project underscores OOA’s enduring dedication to sustainability and ecologically sound architecture. The firm’s commitment to these principles, exemplified through the design and execution of the Samartex project, reaffirms the role of architects and designers in driving positive change towards a more sustainable built environment.

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