Cradle to Cradle Products Featured in Greenbuild Demonstration Project

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From the outside, the Unity Home show project looks like a traditional, if beautiful, timberframe house. But what can’t be seen at first glance are the numerous sustainability-minded features, including nearly two dozen products that have achieved Cradle to Cradle Certification or a Material Health Certificate from the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.

Designed and built by Unity Homes, the 1,620-square-foot prefab house was constructed on the Greenbuild show floor last November, a partnership between media company Hanley Wood, builder Tedd Benson and Unity Homes, Builder magazine, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, and SmithGroup JRR on interiors. The net-zero house is designed to achieve LEED v4 Platinum, as well as Energy Star v3 and the EPA’s AirPlus and WaterSense programs. Much of the structure—including pods containing the kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room, and mechanical systems—was constructed in the controlled environment of Unity’s production facilities in Walpole, N.H. The rest of the home, including floors, walls, and roof, were built and shipped as complete panels with framing, sheathing, subflooring, wiring, insulation, windows/doors, and interior and exterior finishes in place.

Twenty of the products inside and outside the house also meet the stringent requirements of the Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Program or the Material Health Certificate. With products covering a diverse array of categories—including solar panels, flooring, paint, furniture, cabinetry, and personal care items—as well as encompassing well-known brand names, the project truly showcased how attainable Cradle to Cradle products have become.

Selecting C2C Certified products provides third-party, multi-attribute certification that the materials in the products and the way they are made will create a safer and healthier built environment. In the Unity Home, almost all of the certified products have achieved a minimum of Silver in Material Health—meaning there is no exposure to carcinogens, mutagens, or reproductive toxicants. No other program or label can say that.  

Cradle to Cradle Certified and Material Health Certificate products featured in the home include:
• Aveda, Dry Remedy shampoo and conditioner, Men Pure-formance shampoo and conditioner, Cradle to Cradle Certified Gold
• Designtex, Climatex Lifeguard FR upholstery fabric, Cradle to Cradle Certified Gold
• GAF, EverGuard Extreme TPO Roofing System, Material Health Certificate Silver
• Icestone, Durable Surface countertops, Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver
• Johnsonite/Tarkett, linoleum, Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver
• Jules Clarysse B.V., Infinity bath towels, Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver
• MechoSystems, EcoVeil window shades, Cradle to Cradle Certified Bronze
• Method, laundry soap, all-purpose cleaner, hand soap, Cradle to Cradle Certified Gold, Gold, Silver
• Mosa, Global Collection wall tiles, Cradle to Cradle Certified Gold
• Pendleton, Eco-Wise blankets and pillows, Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver
• Roma, EcoDomus paint, Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver
• Shaw, EPIC Plus engineered hardwood flooring, Life Happens custom area rugs, Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver
• SunPower, residential solar system, Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver
• Van Houtum B.V., Satino Black toilet paper, Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver
• Advanta, Studio Full Access cabinets, MHC in progress
• Ekla Home, Tom sofa and chair, certification in progress
• Naturepedic, EOS mattresses, certification in progress

Read more about the Unity Home here. And stay tuned to for an interactive tour of the Cradle to Cradle products in the Unity home, coming in February.