The renovation of the building involved completely rethinking the ground floor. The old walls were demolished, and C2C glass partitions were used to create eight rooms which are lighter and more open. The old and damaged floors were removed and replaced with Cradle to Cradle-certified carpets and hard flooring. Other more durable floors such as a terrazzo floor were kept. To ensure plenty of natural light, the windows were enlarged and replaced with Cradle to Cradle-certified window systems.
“The sustainability aspect is playing an increasingly important role in new-builds. When renovating existing buildings on the other hand, it is more of a niche area, and one which we are trying to raise people’s awareness of with the renovation of C2C LAB,” says Tim Janßen.
“C2C LAB is an educational centre and a living laboratory, where the best materials have been used in an exemplary and innovative way. The renovation shows how to recycle products so that they are returned to the cycle in a meaningful way, but there are still challenges that need addressing,” he adds.
The building methods used have also matched the Cradle to Cradle criteria for separation – so none of the materials have been glued together using adhesive or foam. Cradle to Cradle-certified acoustic ceilings, green walls and wall paints guarantee a healthy environment, but also add a natural feel.
Different variants of Troldtekt acoustic panels have been used on ceilings and walls in both meeting and conference rooms. Troldtekt acoustic panels are made of certified wood, which is a 100 per cent natural material, and cement, which is extracted from Danish mineral resources. The panels are Cradle to Cradle-certified in the Silver category, and the circular principles are a key part of Troldtekt’s strategy.