Cradle to Cradle Certification Adoption Grows

10 05 2007

Eco-effectiveness in the redesign of business and products continues its forward momentum as the US Green Building Council moves to link up with MBDC’s C2C certification.

USGBC Launches New Credit Recognizing Innovative Design

Cradle to Cradle criteria goes beyond recycling.

Interior Design · May 9, 2007

The U.S. Green Building Council has created a new credit, available through its LEED program, awarding innovative design. To earn the credit, projects must use the Cradle to Cradle program or a similar established system for certified building products.

The credit was conceived, reports the USGBC, to foster innovation, educate about product life cycle impact, and complement the Life Cycle Assessment Group (LCA) into LEED process. Developed by William McDonough and Dr. Michael Braungart, and administered by their firm McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC), the Cradle to Cradle design paradigm examines products based on specific criteria. Through the program, sustainability is more than recycled content—it also includes use of safe and healthy materials; design for material reuse as well as recycling; efficient use of energy and water throughout production; and instituting strategies for social responsibility.

“Awarding LEED innovation points for Cradle to Cradle LCA education is the latest example of USGBC’s dedication to continuous improvement,” says Tom Hicks, vice president of LEED, USGBC. “C2C is in harmony with our guiding principle of reconciling human activities with nature, and cuts a trail for exciting new directions in LEED to address the impacts of materials in the building industry in a much more sophisticated scientific manner.”




2 responses

23 05 2008
Nancy Eskenazi

How does a consultant gets a certification as a “Cradle to cradle” advissor?

23 05 2008
Peter Turner

I believe C2C remains a product design certification, but you could contact them to learn more.

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