Help Build What’s Next: Join the Built Positive Movement

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November 7 marked the kickoff of the Built Positive Workshop Series—and the official start of the Built Positive Movement.

The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, along with BuildingGreen, Google, MechoSystems, Shaw Contract, Steelcase, and Tarkett, is hosting the Built Positive Workshop Series in Atlanta, Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago, and San Francisco over the next two weeks, along with a webinar series beginning at the end of November. But the workshop series is just one component of a larger movement that leverages the strengths of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute to make a greater impact on the Built Environment.

Built Positive is a movement that challenges our industry to build better. We design for circularity, we innovate to improve inputs and recovery, and we quantify positive impact from the molecule to the metropolis.

Cradle to Cradle Certified™ is more than a certification—it’s a vision associated with positive impact. Our value proposition is the verification of positive materials for circular systems. Built Positive is our new initiative to leverage these strengths to make a greater impact in the Built Environment.

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 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.

Quantifying Value: Creating and retaining value over the life cycle 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.

Kicking off the Built Positive movement is the Workshop Series, titled “Help Build What’s Next.” This is a collaborative, open-source effort--not a prescription.

As design and construction practitioners, you play a central role in these efforts. 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. We are seeking partners to join us in the continued development in this effort.

Partnership comes in many forms, and we welcome your creative engagement at this time. Over the coming months, Built Positive will take shape in the form of education opportunities, idea-sharing, and open dialog and discussions. The five-city workshop series kicking off this week will help secure involvement from architects, designers, owners, and developers. In 2017, we will expand these engagements to Europe. 

To join in the movement, sign up for updates here, sign up for a webinar, or contact our team directly at [email protected].