New BREEAM-NL Rewards Use of Cradle to CradleTM Certified Products

The latest version of BREEAM-NL is now rewarding the use of Cradle to Cradle Certified Products. It is the first time in the Netherlands that Cradle to Cradle Certified Products are being considered in a national quality standard for buildings. In the United States, the US Green Building Council already decided to reward credits for the use of certified products in their building quality label LEEDv4. Rewarding the use of Cradle to Cradle Certified Products in leading quality standards for buildings is an important step in the recognition of circular construction materials as the way forward to a sustainable building sector.

The new version of BREEAM was launched by the Dutch Green Building Council on September 8th. It is the most commonly used sustainability standard for new buildings in the Netherlands. The latest version replaces the one from 2011 and has become more clear and user friendly, in addition to being updated with a number of new features.

BREEAM-NL 2014v1.0 rewards the use of Cradle to Cradle certified products in two different credits. For the credit ‘Construction Materials’, points can be earned with the significant reduction of the environmental impact of used construction materials. The credit ‘Responsible Sourcing’ awards points for the use of responsibly sourced construction materials.

The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute considers the development as an important acknowledgement of the value of the Cradle to Cradle Certification Scheme can add in the building sector. Roy Vercoulen, Vice President of the Institute: “The fact that leading building standards are starting to consider the use of Cradle to Cradle Certified Products proves that the concept of Cradle to Cradle has become one of the most influential approaches to innovative product design. We hope that this development will further encourage companies to pursue Cradle to Cradle product certification.”

About the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Institute

The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, a non-profit organization, administers the Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM Product Standard. It was created to bring about  a new industrial revolution that turns the making of things into a positive force for society, economy, and the planet. The continuous improvement quality standard was gifted to the Institute by William McDonough and Michael Braungart after more than 20 years of development with some of the world’s leading  brands. The Institute is governed by an independent board of directors and is headquartered in San Francisco, California. Bridge funding for the Institute’s work is provided by foundations and individuals who share common values and hope for the future. Self-sustaining revenues will result from training programs and certification and licensing fees. Initial support has been provided by the Nationale Postcode Loterij and the Schmidt Family Foundation, established by Wendy and Eric Schmidt.

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