Sustainable building certifications / Google and Troldtekt / Cradle2Cradle
This issue of Troldtekt’s online newsletter focuses on the number of sustainable building certifications which are being used to an increasing extent by both public and private clients.
In the newsletter, Associate Professor Tine Steen Larsen PhD from Aalborg University in Denmark describes the five key certifications. Moreover, you can read about Google’s new database Portico, which will make it easy to choose smart and healthy materials for Google’s buildings.
Also, read about the Sustainable Supply Chain Summit 2015, which is being held on 10-11 November in London.  

Expert: The 5 key sustainable building certifications

DGNB, LEED, BREEAM, AKTIVHAUS and PASSIVHAUS. What are the differences between the various certification schemes? Do we need so many? 

Have it all explained by and hear the views of civil engineer and associate professor Tine Steen Larsen PhD from Aalborg University in Denmark. She is associate professor at the Faculty of Engineering and Science at Aalborg University in Denmark, and closely monitors the development of the various certification schemes.

Read the interview with Tine Steen Larsen

Silver for Troldtekt after more stringent requirements

The Troldtekt acoustic series has been recertified according to Cradle to Cradle version 3.1. Troldtekt achieved gold level in four out of five criteria and retains its overall certification at silver level, despite the fact that version 3.1 has more stringent requirements. 

The certification covers the complete range of Troldtekt acoustic panels, including those supplied in their natural colour and those painted in Troldtekt’s standard colours.

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LEED and BREEAM-NL acknowledge Cradle to Cradle

In the latest versions of the American LEED certification scheme and the Dutch version of the BREEAM scheme, credits and points are awarded when Cradle to Cradle certified products are used in buildings.

Cradle to Cradle certification can be achieved for products which, after detailed examination, live up to requirements in five areas. For example, the product must be sustainably produced and so healthy that it can be part of a biological or technical cycle.

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Google Portico

Portico is the name of Google’s new database, which is designed to make it easier for project planners to choose smart and healthy materials when building productive working environments for the giant search engine’s employees.

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CSR summit focusing on circular economy

The recycling of valuable resources in a circular economy is on the agenda when the Sustainable Supply Chain Summit Europe is held in London on 10-11 November.
The speakers include experts from companies such as Philips, E.ON., GSK, Timberland – and Troldtekt, which will be sharing its experiences with Cradle to Cradle as a basis for its business strategies.

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Google HQ in Dublin

Employees from 65 countries work at Google’s European head office in Dublin. The four office buildings are a wealth of shapes, colours and exciting interiors and also count five restaurants, fitness rooms and a 25-metre swimming pool. The project expects to be LEED Platinum-certified.
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Kindergarden in Haukaasen

The outdoor kindergarten in Trondheim was the first new educational building in Norway to be BEEAM-NOR-certified. The kindergarten has been certified in the category ‘Very good’, and thus has a sustainable profile in relation to its building materials, heat source, energy consumption and design. The kindergarten is primarily made of wood, which made Troldtekt ceiling panels the obvious choice.
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School in Oakmeadow

The school is one of the UK’s first Passivhaus-certified primary schools. It has a very low energy consumption, and gives teachers and pupils a comfortable working environment with fresh air, good ventilation, daylight and a spacious layout. The architectural firm Architype has also created a good sound environment in the classrooms and sports hall, which are traditionally noisy places.
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