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Cradle to Cradle Marks Growth in the Built Environment, New Programs in 2015

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Architects and designers have even more options than ever to specify healthy, safe products, as the Cradle to Cradle Certified program continues to expand.

In 2015, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute issued 71 new certifications under the Built Environment banner, a 36% increase, covering 370 product variations. Twenty-six of the new certifications were to companies new to Cradle to Cradle. At the end of 2015, total certifications under the Built Environment category totaled 268, representing about 1,630 product variations, sold by 129 companies. The number of all Cradle to Cradle Certified products currently stands at more than 2,800.

Among the products earning certification against the multi-attribute standard were EcoWorx Tile Carpets (Silver), W.F. Taylor’s line of flooring adhesives (Gold), Steelcase’s B-Free Furniture (Bronze), and Saint-Gobain’s Gyproc (Bronze).

Another important milestone was the launch of the Material Health Certificate, a stand-alone certification option based on the Material Health section of the full Cradle to Cradle program. The Material Health attribute provides manufacturers with a trusted way to communicate their work toward chemically optimized products and assists specifiers and consumers in knowing about the chemicals in products and supply chains, and avoiding chemicals of concern. Since introduction of the MHC in May 2015, Cradle to Cradle has issued 17 Material Health stand-alone certificates.

Products earning Material Health Certificates include GAF’s EverGuard Extreme TPO Roofing Membrane (Silver), Owens Corning’s PB Binder Unfaced Ceiling Board (Gold), and ThyssenKrupp Elevator BioBlend Enviromax 2.0 Biodegradable Elevator Hydraulic Oil (Platinum).

“Architects, builders, and developers can’t also be chemists; they can’t be expected to know and understand every single ingredient in a product, much less the potential hazards those ingredients might pose,” says Stacy Glass, Vice President, Built Environment for the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. “The Material Health Certificate offers an ‘easy button’—providing buyers with a clearer picture into the health and safety of the contents in their homes and buildings.”

Browse all certified products here.