A massive pollution-fighting green wall engulfs this Dutch city hall

May 1, 2018 by  
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When the Dutch city of Venlo decided to become the world’s first region to fully adopt Cradle to Cradle (C2C) principles, it seemed only fitting that their city hall be a beacon for sustainability. Designed by Kraaijvanger Architects , Venlo’s City Hall features a striking transparent facade engulfed by a massive green wall. Made with more than 100 different plants, the 21,500-square-foot living wall is among the largest in the world and it absorbs 30 percent of airborne sulfur and nitrogen oxides — roughly equivalent to the particulate matter created by 32,300 square feet of motorway. Located on the east bank of the river Meuse, Venlo City Hall comprises offices, a plaza, a public hall, exhibition space, meeting rooms and a garage that includes bicycle parking. The new building, completed in 2016, consolidates services that had been previously spread out across the city. Access to natural light, greenery and a variety of adaptable work spaces aids in creating a healthy working environment. A central light-filled core floods the interior with daylight and allows for natural airflow, replacing the need for mechanical ventilation. Heat trapped by the greenhouse located on the top floor is recycled to provide heating for the building. Water use is minimized, and a wetland roof purifies gray water and rainwater for reuse in irrigating the green wall and flushing toilets. Related: INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Green Architect & Cradle to Cradle Founder William McDonough “The construction is future-proof; the interior is built independently of the supporting structure and thus leaves a possible change of function a future option,” the architects wrote. “On a smaller scale, there is room for unforeseen developments in the field of sustainability; all building-related systems can be replaced without major interventions.” + Kraaijvanger Architects Images via C2C Center

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How C&A created the world’s first Cradle to Cradle T-shirt

September 25, 2017 by  
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A story about an extraordinary effort to transform an ordinary piece of clothing.

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First Cradle to Cradle Platinum certified product is reclaimed Bark House shingle

August 30, 2016 by  
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The unique bark shingles met the Platinum requirements in all five C2C certification categories : material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness. Bark House poplar shingle siding is made from reclaimed tree bark, with artisan craftsmanship transforming what was once a waste material into handcrafted wall covering for exteriors and interiors. The company’s approach to sustainability doesn’t stop with the procurement or manufacturing stages, but extends into the business community by educating local loggers in handling RAWTM (Recycled Appalachian Wood Waste) poplar bark in order to spread sustainable practices beyond its own operations. Related: 13 Cradle to Cradle products for a safe and eco-conscious home “Bark House’s approach to sustainability is certainly rooted in its naturally derived product line, but the company has gone much beyond that, embracing a holistic approach that is the essence of Cradle to Cradle’s own philosophies,” said Stacy Glass, Vice President, Built Environment for the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, in a statement . “Achieving an overall Platinum certification requires achieving top marks in all five categories, an accomplishment that truly demonstrates the depth and commitment of the company’s efforts to provide safe products that can be perpetually cycled and are manufactured in ways that respect humans and the environment.” The C2C certification program rates products on five levels , in progressive order of sustainability: Basic, Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum. Of the 425 certifications covering more than 5,000 Cradle to Cradle Certified products since the program began, Bark House shingles are the first product to ever achieve a Platinum rating. The shingles previously held a Gold level certification, and the company honed its processes and metrics to meet C2C’s Platinum standards. “At Bark House, we have always taken a holistic approach to business, from the low impact of our product lines to the high impact of our social outreach. This mentality is key to creating balance, and without balance, systems will ultimately fail,” said Chris McCurry, co-founder for The Bark House at Highland Craftsmen Inc. “This line of thinking is what drew us to the Cradle to Cradle methodology. With its multi-tiered system under five categories, Cradle to Cradle offers a balanced framework across people, planet, and prosperity that allows a business to measure its progress and plan for improvements. The achievement of Platinum across each evaluation area further showcases the holistic, regenerative nature of our work.” + Bark House + Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Program Via Treehugger Images via Bark House

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Self-sustaining Cradle to Cradle mountain hut is designed to generate its own energy

June 15, 2016 by  
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The Huba mountain hut puts a modern twist on traditional alpine architecture and comprises two main parts: a power module and a living module. In case of damage, each module can be separated and repaired independently. The Huba living module, made primarily from locally sourced fallen trees, sleeps up to four in collapsible beds and is also equipped with a wall heater, sink, and LED lighting. The Power Module, on the other hand, is made out of recycled aluminum and contains a wind turbine, made from recycled plastic using a method called roto-molding, and a battery. The roof is angled to optimize collection of rainwater, which is filtered and used for the sink, drinking, and outside shower. Related: These spectacular alpine cabins will awaken your inner adventurer The modules are designed for easily assembly and disassembly, and are strong enough to withstand harsh winds and heavy rainfall. The Huba could also be integrated with a rental app to give travelers easy access to information about Huba locations and the opportunity to recommend locations for future huts. “Huba as a system works to provide for users a simple, trustful system, in which the bigger number of smaller shelters can serve as a unified accommodation at different stages of travel,” writes the designer. “It is designed to promote sustainable, and circular design to the public, thus creating a better awareness of challenges and possibilities.” + Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge Images by Malgorzata Blachnicka

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8 Green innovations at Greenbuild 2015

November 22, 2015 by  
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Lessons from the frontlines of the next industrial revolution

September 8, 2015 by  
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Cradle to Cradle design can answer anything from CO2 pollution to poor treatment of workers. One of its leaders looks ahead as she shifts course.

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NexusHaus is an affordable, plus-energy house built for the 2015 Solar Decathlon

March 23, 2015 by  
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Corkinho Transforms Wine Cork Waste into Beautiful Green Furnishings

November 10, 2014 by  
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Brad Pitt’s “Make It Right” Transforms Historic School into LEED Platinum Affordable Housing

April 24, 2014 by  
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Magnificent Gabled School Shows Great Design Doesn’t Have to be Expensive in London

April 10, 2014 by  
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This magnificent gabled structure serves as an activities center and crèche for the  Wilberforce Primary School in Westminster, London. But it used to be nothing more than a dimly lit portakabin. Designed by  Jonathan Tuckey Design , the timber-lined gatehouse features three skylights that provide both abundant natural daylight and ventilation. Best of all, the building was put together on a limited budget, which just goes to show – great design doesn’t have to be expensive. Read the rest of Magnificent Gabled School Shows Great Design Doesn’t Have to be Expensive in London Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: corrugated fibre-cement panels , cradle-to-cradle , gabled school gatehouse , Jonathan Tuckey Design , low-cost education buildings , low-cost renovation of a school gatehouse , school community center , school gatehouse made from timber , school renovation in London , Wilberforce Primary School

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