In Europe, the construction sector is responsible for nearly 50 percent of raw materials consumption. Many of the products used in buildings today contain harmful substances, preventing the material from being recycled. In addition, these may have a considerably negative impact on the quality of the air in buildings in which we spend nearly 90% of our time.
For these reasons, the development and specification of healthy and recyclable materials is increasingly becoming a focus for industry and the construction sector. Interdisciplinary research teams are putting increasing effort into the study of materials cycles, while manufacturers and producers are working on the development of fully recyclable and compostable building materials. Cradle to Cradle® provides the scientific basis for the realisation of a circular economy in the construction and real estate sector.