The Huba self-sufficient compact mountain shelter, designed by Malgorzata Blachnicka and Michal Holcer, won the Best Use of Aluminum category. It was chosen for its good design, functional use of sustainable materials and its potential use in other housing contexts (such as disaster recovery).
“We launched the Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge to help the global design community approach the issue of limited global resources as an opportunity for product innovation,” says president of the Cradle to Cradle Products Institute Lewis Perkins. “Designers have a pivotal role to play in driving long-term solutions that circumvent the concept of waste in favor of materials that can remain in a perpetual cycle of use and reuse.”
Source: Shelter, footwear, composting and packaging designs get cradle-to-cradle recognition
One is that we must establish controlled and precise processes for the sorting of waste to avoid contaminating materials and rendering them unsalvageable. The study also highlights that we need to make deconstruction audits for buildings over 1,000 square metres mandatory, not just best practice. These should be produced prior to a building’s deconstruction, providing a detailed inventory of its materials to aid their recovery and re-use at the end of the building’s lifecycle.
Source: Cradle to cradle | Building Products
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland studied the reuse of structural elements in the ReUSE (Repetitive Utilization of Structural Elements) project, which recently ended. VTT also proposes the development requirements for improving the planning linked with demolition and repair. Of these, the most pivotal are the development of the guidelines and legislation supporting reuse, in addition to showing, by means of example targets, the commercial and ecological benefits that can be obtained.
via Demolition planning as part of construction – reuse and recycling of parts improves the eco-efficiency of buildings.
Desso is collaborating with Reststoffenunie, an association of drinking water companies in the Netherlands, to upcycle re-engineered calcium carbonate (chalk) from local drinking water companies such as Brabant Water and WML (Water Maatschappij Limburg). The chalk is positively defined in accordance with C2C criteria and is used for the production of Desso’s carpet tiles with EcoBase backing, which is C2C Silver certified and 100% recyclable in Desso’s own production process.
via Desso upcycles 20,000 tonnes of chalk from water companies in new Cradle to Cradle initiative.
Members of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) voted overwhelmingly (85 percent) to include Cradle to Cradle certification in LEED V4, which will even more stringently enforce the environmental qualities of materials used in green buildings, the opposite of what industry interests want.
Developed by preeminent architect Bill McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart, Cradle to Cradle certification begins as part of LEED in November.
“We salute the USGBC’s courageous leadership in making material health a priority in the face of immense challenge from industry,” says McDonough. “The stand they have taken will help continue their meaningful input as an agent of market transformation.”
Those seeking LEED certification will get credits for Materials & Resources for disclosing and optimizing where building materials are sourced and purchased.
via LEED brings Cradle to Cradle into green building certification | GreenBiz.com.