Built Positive Engages Built Environment Professionals Throughout Europe

Following the official launch of Built Positive earlier this year, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute hosted three educational events that engaged architects and designers in exploring the program’s core principles and how to put them to work in upcoming projects.

On October 5 in London, participants from across the supply chain gathered for a half-day introductory workshop exploring the six components of Built Positive: circular design; material health; design for disassembly, reuse, and recovery; value chain collaboration and integration; realizing value; and policies and standards. The enthusiastic audience was particularly interested in learning about material health and circular design, and most are seeking additional events in 2018.

The event was hosted by MottMacdonald and supported by Tarkett, Shaw, Armstrong, Mosa, ThyssenKrupp, Mechosystems, and UK GBC.

A similar event was held in Lunenburg, Germany, at Leuphana University, on October 21. The second introductory workshop in Germany, this 90-minute session included on the EU-sponsored BAMB (Buildings as Material Banks) project, which is bringing together 15 parties across Europe to develop ways to increase the value of building materials.

Finally, November 2 found us partnering with Building Green Copenhagen in Denmark for a two-hour session in which representatives from Delta Development3XN/GXNVugge til Vugge, Troldtekt, Green building Council Denmark shared their insights into the opportunities and challenges in accelerating the implementation of Built Positive concepts in country. The audience was then challenged to design the different layers of an imaginary Google Campus based on the ideas of healthy materials that can be endlessly cycled and retain their value over different use phases. This resulted in interesting discussions and insights into what goes into the C2C Certification Program.

The future of Cradle to Cradle Certified in The Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, and the UK looks bright. Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute will definitely return to more European captials in 2018. Stay tuned!