Cradle to Cradle inspired Buildings

Energy-efficient, CO2-neutral and autonomous buildings are in line with the trend. But our aim is to go beyond this approach and create buildings that return nutrients to the environment and enable a material flow management. Thereby buildings like trees and cities like forests can be developed which create a positive footprint while at the same time putting human health at the center of attention.

In Cradle to Cradle inspired buildings only materials shall be used which can circulate in biological or technical production cycles, thus serving as a resource and whose effects are positive for humans and the environment. By using renewable energies, buildings shall provide more energy in the long term than they use themselves – a energy-positive building. With partners and companies from the field of architecture, facade and building construction and designers, we create a built environment that is as effective as nature.

The implementation of Cradle to Cradle inspired elements does not replace building certifications according to DGNB, LEED or BREEAM standards. Applying Cradle to Cradle principles must rather be understood as an addition to a comprehensive building analysis and the verification of materials used, so that buildings with the highest possible positive footprint can be created.

Thus Cradle to Cradle inspired buildings are about putting these concepts into practice through creative elements that esteem the presence of people around the world and promote their innovative power.


Cooperation with Drees & Sommer

EPEA is partnering with the company Drees & Sommer to leverage innovation in design, construction and building operation through the implementation of the Cradle to Cradle design concept in the construction industry. Our intention is to support clients involved in the whole chain of the built environment.

For more information about the work of Drees & Sommer with Cradle to Cradle please find more information on the Drees & Sommer website, in our jointly published published brochure about recyclable, valuable and healthy real estates and the attached video, which describes the cooperation with EPEA and the Cradle to Cradle design concept.

Our options to align your building according to Cradle to Cradle:

  • Design strategies
  • Roadmap development
  • Support for all building-relevant processes
  • Accretion through buildings as material banks
  • Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM products selection
  • QuickScan and recommendation for current building materials or products as well as alternatives
  • Circularity Passports for products and systems
  • Considertation of indoor air quality and materials emissions
  • Cradle to Cradle Statement for the building

More information about Cradle to Cradle inspired buildings:

BAMB aims to eliminate construction and demolition waste, to increase the use of recycled materials and to shift the construction industry towards a circular economy.
EPEA has supported the City of Venlo during the construction process of the new city hall as well as their goal to align the region according to Cradle to Cradle (C2C) principles.
The Library displays various Cradle to Cradle inspired buildings and elements and for the building environment.