World’s first Cradle to Cradle certified facade system is a fact! TGM is proud to receive the Cradle to Cradle certificate ‘bronze’. This certificate is the beginning of a sustainable future in the construction environment, worldwide.
A sustainable route
More than eight years ago architects asked TGM whether it was possible to design a façade which can give the consequences and further development to making construction environment more durable. At that time TGM was already involved in the search for improvement and sustainable solutions in applications. Today, when there is a growing need for sustainable use of energy and raw materials, TGM lays the foundation for the next generation in façade technology.
In collaboration with biologists, product designers, chemical-, structural- and construction engineers TGM has developed the first Cradle to Cradle certified façade system. The Cradle to Cradle concept is the new approach for sustainable design, published in a book of William McDonough and Michael Braungart ‘Cradle-to-Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things’.
TGM is aware that the possibilities of a façade in the area of durability are far beyond the reducing the environmental burden of materials and production. The added value of HV60-C2C is in design, whereby the reuse of materials is taken into account, already in the development stage. Our innovation policy managed the draft to the principles and conditions of a façade with a minimum footprint. After all, if the base is not good, then the additional functionality is just a compromise. Namely, a non recyclable façade system with toxic substances, but with solar panels or green parts in it, is in our opinion, not quite complete durable façade system, but only a system that contains a few positive elements.
Inspired by the Cradle to Cradle approach, we developed a façade system in which a neutral environmental balance is only the base. The improvement of the façade system will be continued; to achieve as positive as possible influence on people and environment, within the innovation -strength and -possibilities of TGM.
In this new evolution of: innovation, awareness, market development and customer needs; we are proud to present a system that gives the answer to the question: ‘What is as sustainable as possible façade system?’ Thinking about the next generation, their need of minimum toxicity, a high degree of flexibility, and an aesthetically attractive appearance. This system is assessed according the highest standards of C2C regarding: ‘health‘ of the materials in the intended use; potential and stimulation of material reuse; and of course the subjects such as water quality, energy usage and social responsibility in the production process.
With care for the construction environment today, tomorrow, always…