Troldtekt discusses the circular economy at Deutscher Architekt*innentag

How do we give materials from end-of-life buildings a new lease of life? This is the topic of a discussion at the Deutscher Architekt*innentag in Berlin on Friday, 25 September. Troldtekt takes a seat on the panel to talk about our strategic work with the circular Cradle to Cradle concept.

Photo: Olaf Wiechers

The planet’s environmental and resource challenges are the focal point when architects gather at the Berlin Congress Center on Friday, 29 September. The theme for Deutscher Architekt*innentag is Transformation – Räume Stärken with joint presentations and panel discussions under seven different track themes.

One of the topics is Kreislaufwirtschaft, and Troldtekt is a partner in this morning’s discussion on material cycles in construction. When materials from end-of-life buildings are given an extra life cycle, it reduces the need to produce new ones. The production of building materials accounts for a large proportion of the construction industry's resource consumption and carbon footprint.

The prerequisite for cycles is that the materials have documentation that they are healthy, so that buildings do not contain harmful chemicals. Troldtekt’s Head of Sustainability and Communications, Tina Snedker Kristensen, joins the panel to make the case for material health in the discussion.  

Platinum certification for material health

At Troldtekt, we have chosen the Cradle to Cradle design concept as a strategic framework for our sustainability initiatives, and we were one of the first Danish companies to achieve Cradle to Cradle product certification more than a decade ago.

Since then, the Danish-produced Troldtekt wood and cement acoustic panels have advanced to Cradle to Cradle’s gold level – and even to the highest level, platinum – for material health. Tina Snedker Kristensen is looking forward to sharing her experiences with the initiatives that have led to overall gold certification.

"Architects play a crucial role in helping change take root in the construction industry. This also applies to a large extent when the industry must choose healthy solutions and materials that support the transition to the circular economy. As we continuously develop our acoustic panels in line with Cradle to Cradle principles, we maintain a close dialogue with architects. That’s why it’s also natural for us to be part of Deutscher Architekt*innentag," she says.

Facts: About the panel discussion

  • Troldtekt is a partner in the panel discussion Wertschätzen, which is part of the Kreislaufwirtschaft track at Deutscher Architekt*innentag. The discussion will take place on Friday, 29 September from 11:15 am to 12:30 pm.
  • Panel members include:

    • Jasna Moritz, kadawittfeldarchitektur
    • Alexandra Quint, assiduus3 Development GmbH
    • Petra Riegler-Floors, Trier University of Applied Sciences
    • Thomas Lohse, architectural firm cepezed
    • Tina Snedker Kristensen, Troldtekt A/S and Troldtekt GmbH
    • Eva Maria Herrmann (moderator)