The use of products and materials that help assure human health and performance as part of sustainable, circular design within the built environment is one of today’s most pressing challenges for architects and designers.
The Cradle to Cradle Certified™ mark and scorecard gives architects and specifiers at-a-glance confirmation about the specific sustainability attributes of a material or product. Cradle to Cradle Certified confirms whether:
- A product is optimized for human and environmental health
- A product’s materials have been assessed based on the complete hazard profiles of their chemical ingredients
- An optimization strategy has been developed to phase out any chemicals with significant risks for humans or the environment
Cradle to Cradle Certified products can also help contribute points under the LEED v4 green building rating system Choosing certified products can earn project teams up to two points for Materials & Resources Credit 4, Building Disclosure and Optimization — Material Ingredients. Here’s how:
+1 Point: Option 1, Material Ingredient Reporting
Option 1 rewards project teams for selecting products whose chemical ingredients are inventoried using an accepted methodology. Understanding a product’s chemical composition is a necessary first step in working toward chemical optimization. This credit helps provide encouragement for manufacturers to engage in the chemical inventory process.
At least 20 permanently installed products must be Cradle to Cradle Certified v3.0 or v3.1 Bronze or higher. Find products that qualify here.
+1 Point: Option 2, Material Ingredient Optimization
Option 2 rewards project teams for selecting products that have gone beyond the inventory stage and have been optimized to exclude priority chemical risks, such as carcinogenicity, mutagenicity, and reproductive toxicity. This point encourages use of products whose chemical composition has been both assessed and optimized.
At least 25% of permanently installed products (by cost) must be Cradle to Cradle Certified v3.0 or v3.1 with a Silver, Gold, or Platinum achievement level in the Material Health category. Products that are Gold and Platinum-level in Material Health are valued at 150% of cost.
A Note on Material Health Achievement
While Cradle to Cradle Certified is a multi-attribute assessment, these credits focus on the Material Health aspect of the certification program. LEED will also accept products that have obtained the Material Health achievement level outlined above, but have a lower overall certification level.
For instance, if a product’s Material Health achievement level is Gold, but the product’s overall certification achievement level is Bronze,the product’s Material Health score means that it is still is eligible to contribute to both points outlined above and will be valued at 150% of cost in Option 2.