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Cradle to Cradle Choices for Builders and Architects Expand

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Mar 31, 2016 8:56:53 AM

Cradle to Cradle certification

The number of Cradle to Cradle certified products in the built environment category grew by 36 percent last year.

ARCHITECTS AND DESIGNERS have even more options than ever to specify healthy, safe products, as the Cradle to Cradle Certified program continues to expand.

In 2015, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute issued 71 new certifications under the Built Environment banner, bringing the total up to 268. These represent 1,630 product variations sold by 129 companies. The new certified products include EcoWorx tile carpets, W.F. Taylor’s line of flooring adhesives, Steelcase’s B-Free furniture and Saint-Gobain’s Gyproc (Bronze).

In 2015, Cradle to Cradle also launched the Material Health certificate. This stand-alone certification option, which draws from the program’s Material Health section, gives manufacturers a way to transparently communicate information about the chemicals present in their products and supply chains. There are four levels of certification. The most basic level requires that manufacturers list all of a product’s “ingredients,” and products can’t contain any components found on C2C’s “Banned List” of chemicals (above relevant thresholds).

Since May of 2015, Cradle to Cradle has issued 17 of these new stand-alone certificates. Examples of certified products include GAF’s EverGuard Extreme TPO roofing membrane and Owens Corning’s PB Binder unfaced ceiling board.


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