Global organizations, paired with world leaders and multi national corporations have been joining together on several likeminded platitudes to engage in sustainable strategies that are in alignment with NOBLE’s philosophy and which should result in new customers, partners and investments.
The Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard is a leading platform that guides designers and manufacturers through a continual improvement process that looks at a product through five quality categories — material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness. A product receives an achievement level in each category — Basic, Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum — with the lowest achievement level representing the product’s overall mark.
Cradle to Cradle Certified is increasingly becoming a quick reference for consumers and specifiers looking for quality, sustainable products. Many US and international agencies have been increasingly requiring cradle to cradle products, such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program and C2C Building Mandates in Venlo, Netherlands.
The Materials & Resources section of LEED v4 applies lifecycle thinking at the whole-building and product level. Credits reward projects for reusing as much material as possible and optimizing design to use less material overall. The LEED v4 approach paints a more complete picture of materials and products, enabling project teams to make better-informed decisions that will have greater overall benefit for the environment, human health, and resource recovery.
The LEED v4 – New Construction Materials & Resources Credit 4, Building Disclosure and Optimization—Material Ingredients. This credit, worth up to 2 points, encourages project teams to choose products whose chemical ingredients are inventoried using an accepted methodology and to select products verified to minimize the use and generation of harmful substances.