Built Positive (Built+) is an initiative of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute seeking to accelerate the transition to circular economy in the built environment.

Built Positive encompasses educational, collaborative, and exploratory components for all players in the built environment, challenging you to rethink sustainability in the construction industry. The goal is to to raise the value and quality of materials and products used in the built environment, to increase the number of buildings and products designed for disassembly, and to create demand for circular buildings.

The long-term goal is to change the mindset within the industry and to make a greater impact on the built environment.

Key Concepts

Built Positive is based on the idea of circular design and circular value chains. In this way, materials in buildings sustain their value and can therefore function as banks of valuable materials. Instead of tearing a building down when not used any more, such “material banks” allow the building sector to reuse materials to a much broader extent than now, helping produce less waste, use less virgin resources, and improve human health.

The six key concepts of Built Positive are:

  • Circular Design
    All materials are resources for something else. The concept of waste is eliminated.
  • Material Health
    All materials are healthy for both the environment and for the people who produce them, work with them and live around them.
  • Design for Disassembly, Reuse, and Recovery
    Buildings can be deconstructed and materials, products and components easily be recovered, retaining their value.
  • Value Chain Collaboration & Integration
    Engagement and collaboration is found throughout the whole supply chain in order to innovate and accelerate circular solutions.
  • Qualifying and Quantifying Value
    Material Passports help retaining value over the use and reuse cycles of a product or building.
  • Policies and Standards
    Governments affect preconditions for a circular building industry through incentives, policies, standards and regulations.

Join the Movement

You too can you join the Built Positive movement and take part in creating the future of the building industry. On the Built Positive website you can find relevant articles and cases. Moreover, there will regularly be held workshops and webinars with cases, best practises and tips on how to put Built Positive concepts into practice.

The easiest way to join is to sign up for the Built Positive monthly newsletter with inspiring content designed to keep you informed and motivated.

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