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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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Engel & Völkers Sara Grech is the luxury real estate agent that specialises in exclusive properties for sale and to let in Malta. With more than 30 years’ experience, we are one of Malta’s most successful real estate agencies


Located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Malta is a thriving cultural hub that has long been a popular destination amongst expatriates and tourists alike. Partnered with the real estate agency Engel & Völkers, finding a property for sale or rent in Malta is a breeze, and in no time at all, you'll have a spacious apartment with a view or a villa with numerous bedrooms to call your own.


Living and working in Malta


Home to more than 450,000 inhabitants, Malta is the smallest country to join the European Union in 2004. In 2008, it became part of the Eurozone. Though Malta is well-known as a popular tourist destination with plenty of recreational areas and historical monuments including nine UNESCO world heritage sites, it is not known for its luxury properties and real estate for sale and rent! Besides having first-class accommodation, Malta is home to numerous companies and industries ranging from banking and financing to construction, retail, and i-gaming. Working in Malta requires the proper permits, and those seeking employment are encouraged to find a suitable job before moving into their purchased or rented property.


A new residency scheme was launched in June 2013 which allows people to buy a high-value property and pay taxes in Malta to benefit from the residence permit. Under the new Global Residence Programme, the value of immovable property bought in Malta by foreigners has a minimum threshold of €275,000. However, when the property is in the South of Malta or on the sister island of Gozo, the minimum value is reduced to €220,000. This new scheme also allows persons eligible if they wished to rent a property and this has been lowered to €9,600 in Malta and €8750 in Gozo or the South of Malta. The minimum tax to be paid under this scheme is a minimum of €15,000 on income derived in Malta, further income arising in Malta shall be taxed at a flat rate of 35%.


Real estate and property for sale and rent in Malta


Malta has several Special Designated Areas that offer a wide variety of properties to buy or rent! Whether you are looking for a new luxury apartment with views of the Portomaso marina or an expansive villa situated in Santa Maria Estate, our team will help you find a property for rent or sale that suits your needs. From apartments with a view to villas with several, we have it all.


After you've purchased property


For such a small island, Malta is packed with amazing things to see and do. From visiting historic sites to relaxing on beautiful beaches. Visitors can take their pick of activities which will suit any mood or taste.


A selection below are the top destinations that any person should see when coming to Malta. These include Valletta; Mdina; Paceville; Blue Lagoon (Comino Island) and Gozo


Valletta recently voted the European Capital for Culture for 2018 is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Valletta is the hub of tourism in Malta and for good reason. It is full of historical significance, with the likes of St John’s Cathedral, forts, and museums and much more squeezed into a tiny area. As far as beautiful towns go with plenty to see, Valletta is up there with the best.


Mdina is known as the jewel in the crown of Malta and it is a fair assessment. The walled city is full of tiny alleys which you can wind your way through, stumbling across beautiful churches and museums along the way. Now effectively part of the town of Rabat, this definitely shouldn’t be left off your Maltese itinerary.


Malta has a reputation for being a destination for the older generation, but Paceville puts lie to that. This is where the youngsters come to drink and party and you can rely on having a good evening out here. It’s not just loud music for teenagers either; there are plenty of civilized bars and restaurants if you don’t want to rave into the early hours.


A beautiful area of clear blue water which is fantastic for swimming and is the perfect place for a day out at the beach. Arguably the best place for swimming in the whole Mediterranean, the Blue Lagoon is located on the island of Comino.


Just a 30-minute ferry trip away from Malta, Gozo is a beautiful, rural island which gives you a glimpse into what Malta looked like a few decades ago. Sleepy villages, rugged coastline, and beautiful countryside all make this a fantastic place to visit. But one of the main draws is the diving off the coast. Malta has been named as one of the best places to scuba dive in the world, and Gozo is one of the best spots to do it.


No matter where your interests lie, Malta has you covered; with Engel & Völkers Sara Grech by your side, your home in this beautiful part of the world is also covered. Contact us today to find out more about our villas, apartments and other properties for sale and rent!


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