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Cradle to Cradle - building for eternity

The Cradle to Cradle principle developed by Michael Braungart and William McDonough shows how products can be recycled or composted in waste-free cycles. The construction and real estate industry also benefits from the concept of recyclable materials and buildings. This is because sustainable construction with recyclable products, non-toxic and compostable building materials as well as renewable energies does more than just leave a small ecological footprint.

Find out why Cradle to Cradle will revolutionise classic recycling and what impact CtC has on the sustainability and lifespan of entire buildings.

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- Find out why Cradle to Cradle will revolutionise classic recycling and what impact CtC has on the sustainability and lifespan of entire buildings.

Intelligent architecture right from the start

Circular construction means holistic construction in which every component, every building and every city is part of a dynamic whole. The concept is based on nature, whose cycles are waste-free and where everything at the end of its life cycle again serves as a building block for new life.

This concept, propagated by chemist Michael Braungart and architect William McDorough, is already being implemented in many areas of life in the form of compostable T-shirts or edible drinking straws. But this sustainable principle is also applicable to the construction and real estate industry. Especially in places where even recyclable materials eventually end up on the rubbish dump, intelligent planning and construction can facilitate an environmentally friendly and future-oriented reintegration of all components and materials. For example, ceramic tubes can be used that are completely made of pollutant-free, natural raw materials. Panel materials made of cellulose fibres from sources such as waste paper, agricultural residues and more can also be used here. Reusable glass partitions and similar systems could also be considered.

Building owners and architects are equally required to implement the concept of the permanent cycle in the planning and construction of future buildings. Ultimately, we are talking about two cycles, the technical and the biological cycle, which both have the same goal: the basic principle of CtC, namely consistent waste avoidance by reintegrating all materials into the cycle of nature and upcycling all technical equipment.

Zero-energy houses that do not require external energy and components that can be redesigned or recycled even after the end of their life cycle are important prerequisites for sustainable living

Buildings as raw material banks

Anyone investing in this seminal architecture today is not only investing in buildings, but above all in commodity and raw material banks.

In the event of a possible demolition of the building, no disposal costs are incurred, as no waste is produced in the first place. This, of course, also influences property prices 

State funding may be requested to finance buildings constructed according to the CtC principle. KfW, for example, provides a wide range of funding programmes.

The Umweltbank also supports ecological construction projects with favourable loans.

There are international evaluation systems for assessing the sustainability of a building or construction project, such as the BREEAM system in Europe, the LEED system in the USA or the HQE system in France. In Germany, the German Sustainable Building Council (Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen) is responsible for the evaluation and certification of corresponding construction methods.

All in all, there are many good reasons to invest in such properties. Because the future begins now!

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