In recent years, the sustainable design concept Cradle to Cradle has experienced something of a boom worldwide. The basic principle of the concept is that it must be possible to use all products as a resource in a biological or technical cycle. Now, the concept is beginning to be taken up by international certification schemes.
Contributes to LEED and BREEAM-NL
This is true, for example, for the American LEED scheme, which in its latest version 4 favours the use of Cradle to Cradle products.
Cradle to Cradle awards an achievement level – basic, bronze, silver, gold or platinum – within five quality categories. It is the result for ‘Material health’ which decides whether a building material can contribute LEED credits and it is via the credits that a building earns the points required for LEED certification.
Moreover, the Dutch version of the British BREEAM scheme is now awarding points for using Cradle to Cradle materials – not something even the British version yet does.