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Built Positive: the future of sustainable building and architectural design
Sustainable construction is no longer nice to have. The rapidly growing global population, resulting in an estimated 3 billion new middle-class consumers by 2030 , inflates manufacturing volumes to the point that they put an undesirable burden on the environment — an issue that we need to address urgently. To tackle the problem today rather than tomorrow, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute (C2CPII) has initiated the Built Positive Movement. In this article, we explain what Built Positive is, how it relates to sustainable building, and why it’s crucial for architects.
The direct and indirect impact of certified green building materials
As we’ve detailed in an earlier blog, the use of green building materials significantly contributes to sustainable construction. It’s with reason that building material manufacturers are continuing to invest in the acquisition of material certifications — like Cradle to Cradle — for their products. But how a certified material contributes to green construction differs: its impact may be direct, or indirect. In this blog, we aim to explain this difference.
3 reasons why green building labels are set to become the norm
The main driver of sustainable construction used to be energy preservation. Nowadays, however, energy saving properties are hardly an innovative way to differentiate a building anymore. While energy preservation is still a primary component within sustainable construction, other factors have come into play as well. In this blog, we detail 3 additional factors that fuel sustainable design in building projects.
The definition and philosophy of Cradle to Cradle design explained
Building materials manufacturers are increasingly investing in the acquisition of material certifications for their products, such as Cradle to Cradle certifications. They are doing so because the use of sustainable materials — by architects and contractors — significantly contributes to the acquisition of green building labels for building projects. But what actually is the definition of Cradle to Cradle? In this blog, we explain the Cradle to Cradle philosophy, and look at examples of Cradle to Cradle certified products.
How do building materials affect green building certification?
Not so long ago, energy efficiency was the main component for green buildings. Since energy preservation has become a standard within sustainable construction, it is hardly a way to differentiate a building anymore. The focus has shifted to other factors, such as the use of sustainable building materials. Why sustainable materials are crucial for the obtainment of green building labels — and how you can implement them effectively — is what we explain in this article.
How architects can generate support from contractors and material specialists
In a previous blog, we described how architects can defend their design successfully by generating support from clients. As mentioned in that article, convincing a contractor or material specialist to implement a design is equally important. Contractors and material specialists, however, have slightly different motives when it comes to implementing an architect’s design: in general, the aesthetic aspect is less important to them.
How architects can defend their design successfully
Architects create unique designs that help buildings stand out and function properly, but sometimes it is difficult for architects and designers to defend the initial design throughout the several phases a building project goes through. In this blog, we describe several ways architects can defend their design so that it will be applied within a project.
Why sustainability is a great way to backup design and product choices
Architects, first and foremost, face the challenge of designing a building that appeals to clients and investors. Another challenge is convincing contractors to adopt the selected products and materials. As it turns out, the topic of sustainability is a great way to encourage contractors to do just that. In this blog, we further elaborate on the matter.
How to get green building certified
In a world of increasing environmental awareness, we are slowly reaching the point where all buildings will be fully constructed with sustainable building materials. Buildings like these can earn certifications — or green building labels — for their level of sustainability. Around the globe, there are many certification systems in use that serve to recognize sustainable building projects. In this blog, we describe one of the most important certification systems — and how to get certified.
Why green building labels are highly relevant for architects
In the future, buildings will be fully constructed with sustainable materials. To secure a livable future for the generations to come, this level of green construction is imperative. It is with this in mind that architects, contractors, and manufacturers are increasingly committing themselves to sustainable design and practicing sustainable business. Architects and contractors demonstrate this commitment through the acquisition of green building labels for their constructions. In this blog, we describe why green building labels are so interesting for architects and architect firms.
Building green: repurposing waste means creating value
Park 20|20 is located southwest of Amsterdam. A unique business park where challenges in the field of building green and Cradle to Cradle® are met in an innovative way by Delta Development and N3O Architecten. The development's approach is twofold. On one hand, an endeavour is being made to preserve the residual value of buildings by constructing them in a flexible way with materials that can be reused. On the other hand, buildings must be made healthier and smarter, taking the users' well-being into account.
Do you know these five facts about Cradle to Cradle Certified Products?
Many manufactures across multiple industries have made sustainability a core value in their marketing messages. In response to this demand, new sustainability labels are constantly being created. The proliferation of labels, some of which are just mere marketing ploys, creates rampant confusion among architects and designers trying to choose a truly sustainable product. Given the current time constraints and pressures, researching the various labels that exist is often times difficult. Here are five facts about Cradle to Cradle Certified products that may help give a better understanding of what this product label means to you.