Cradle to Cradle Certification. Standards of Sustainability.
Cradle to Cradle Certification
The “Next Industrial Revolution,” is at hand with MBDC’s new Cradle to Cradle Certification. MBDC, the process design firm founded in 1995 by William McDonough and Dr. Michael Braungart, now offers a certification process which evaluates a product’s human and environmental impacts, the product’s lifecycle, and the potential for recycling or safe composting of the product or material. The certification process also includes an evaluations of energy-use quality and quantity; water-use quantity, water-effluent quality, and workplace ethics associated with manufacturing.
Materials and products meeting strict evaluation criteria in the five categories (materials; material reutilization; energy; water; and social responsibility) are certified as Silver, Gold, or Platinum, or as a Technical/Biological Nutrient.
MBDC is developing “Cradle to Cradle” licensing guidelines for companies manufacturing certified products, to enable them to use the “Cradle to Cradle” brand for marketing purposes.
Standards of Sustainability
Singapore is well on its way to establishing the elusive development standard. The Building Construction Authority, a merged entity developed in 1999 under the auspices of Singapore’s Ministry of National Development, has developed CORENET, the Construction and Real Estate Network, which is a major IT initiative designed to achieve “a quantum leap in turnaround time, productivity, and quality.”
CORENET integrates standards across the construction and real estate networks and links government ministries with private organizations to allow for real-time integration and development standards access.
Using XML, extensible mark-up language, CORENET aims to be the central repository for building and construction related information that is accessible anywhere, anytime via the Internet.