What Is Built Positive?
Through circular design and circular value chains, materials in buildings sustain their value so that they function as banks of valuable materials. This shift allows the building sector to produce less waste, use less virgin resources, slow the usage of resources to a rate that meets the capacity of the planet, and improve human health while creating true value for owners and occupants.
The key concepts of the Built Positive movement are as follows:
Circular Design: Everything is a resource for something else. Intentionally eliminate the concept of waste through design at all levels: material, product, and building.
Material Health: Quality assurance and value retention through the use of materials that are verified to be safe and healthy for humans and the environment.
Design for Disassembly, Reuse, and Recovery: Buildings that can be easily deconstructed so that materials, products and components can be easily recovered, their value retained, to be meaningfully cycled.
Value Chain Collaboration & Integration: To innovate and accelerate circular solutions requires early and often engagement of the supply chain, material manufacturers, architectural and interior designer, owners and developers, banks and financiers.
Qualifying and Quantifying Value: Creating and retaining value over the use and reuse cycles of a product or building enabled by the identification, optimization, verification, and tracking of materials thoughtfully designed and assembled for whole building circularity.
Policies and Standards: Governments can affect preconditions for a circular building sector through various incentives, policies, standards and regulations.
How Do I Join the Movement?
As we move forward, Built Positive will encompass numerous educational, collaborative, and exploratory components designed to challenge how you think about sustainability in the built environment.
Step 1: Sign up for the Built Positive newsletter. This monthly newsletter includes articles, case studies, events, and more items designed to keep you informed and thinking as you put Built Positive concepts into practice.
Step 2: Attend webinars and in-person events. We will be hosting monthly webinars and will be scheduling in-person workshops in cities around the country over the course of the next year. Sign up for the next webinar below. Subscribing to our newsletter also will keep you informed when new events are added.
Step 3: Get inspired. If you’re just joining us, catch up on the inspiring case studies and articles in the News box below.
Step 4: Share your successes. Are you incorporating the principles of Built Positive? Let us know so we can share your story and others can learn from your efforts. Click here to send us an email.
Built Positive is a collaborative initiative of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, created to advance the green building movement’s leadership in safe materials, perpetually cycled with positive impact on humans and the environment. As design and construction practitioners, you play a central role in this movement and its opportunities and possibilities.
Built Positive Education Sprint 2017 – Boston, Dallas, Seattle
Built Positive: Help Build What's Next
June 1 • Boston
June 6 • Dallas
June 8 • Seattle
Built Positive workshops are for sustainable design professionals who want to take their practice to the next level by identifying new opportunities to add value to their projects while bringing project values to life. These interactive half-day workshops will guide you in coupling your growing expertise in selecting safe ingredients with thoughtful design strategies so that the materials and products you are specifying or designing into buildings can be disassembled and recovered later for reuse, thereby fully realizing the potential of Cradle to Cradle® design and circular systems.
These high-energy half-day workshops will explore the key concepts of Built Positive, including circular design; material health; design for reuse, disassembly, and recovery; value chain collaboration; and qualifying and quantifying the value of materials over their use and reuse cycles.
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Built Positive Webinar: Google's Healthy Materials Moonshot
Feb. 28, 2017, 12-1 p.m. EST
Join Built Positive on this webinar to learn more, including how Google establishes its values and priorities around human health and informs its decisions for choosing healthy materials based on reliable and transparent data. Content will feature a demonstration of the Portico tool, and insight on next steps.
Built Positive principles addressed include: Material Health, Circular Design, Value Chain Collaboration
Understand the key principles of Built Positive - a movement that challenges our industry to build better.
Learn about the latest developments in the material health and optimization space
Learn about approaches to healthy materials selection, via a case study from Google
Preview what’s beyond material health - circular design and circular economy
Generate ideas to apply leading practices in your work
This webinar has been pre-approved for 1.0 GBCI CEU, 1.0 AIA LU and 1.0 IDCEC CEU. You will have the opportunity to provide your numbers as part of the post-event survey to have your participation reported or may opt to self-report.
View the Webinar Recording Here
Built Positive Webinar: An Introduction to Building What’s Next
Nov. 30, 12-1 p.m. EST
Built Positive is a movement that challenges our industry to build better. This webinar series will help you learn how to design for circularity, innovate to improve material inputs, and quantify positive impact from the molecule to the metropolis. In this introductory webinar, you will be introduced to the key concepts of Built Positive, learn how to apply the concepts to your work, grasp the value of implementing circular design, and be engaged to help build what’s next.
- Discover emerging sustainability concepts in the built environment including circular economy, buildings as material banks, material health, and circular design;
- Explore the five principles of Built Positive: Circular Design, Material Health, Design for Disassembly & Recovery, Value Chain Collaboration, and Quantifying Value;
- Communicate the value of these principles for owners, occupants, and the environment; and
- Begin to apply Built Positive theories to professional practice toward systemic change with bottom line impact.
View the Webinar Recording Here
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