The U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards have come a long way in inspiring architects and building managers across the U.S. and around the world to save cash and carbon with eco-friendly design. But those standards were designed to improve current practices, rather than shift the whole paradigm of how we put buildings together in the first place.
Recently, we’ve seen some green building standards that push the envelope, so to speak — most notably, the Net Zero Energy Building Certification, which challenges home designers to create buildings that produce as much energy as they consume and treat all of their wastewater on site. But that standard was developed in the U.S., by the Cascadia chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. Can it come as any surprise that clean, green Denmark has gone us one better, with a building built entirely around cradle-to-cradle materials?
The Green Solution House conference center and hotel, on the island of Bornholm, was designed to function as a platform for the highest level of sustainable development. Toward that end, all materials used in the building are either fully recyclable or biodegradable. Also — a key feature to making good on that promise of cradle to cradle design — the building itself was designed for easy disassembly at the end of its natural life.