THEME: Sustainability in the built environment

Sound-absorbing cement-bonded wood wool panels from Troldtekt are often used as acoustic ceilings in schools and educational institutions
Photo: DarrenCarter/MorganSindall + NickCaville/BDP

The construction industry cannot minimise its way out of the climate crisis. There is a need for buildings with a low carbon footprint – and for healthy, durable materials which, following the end of their useful lives, can create value in new cycles.

In this theme, you can read about trends and milestones within documented sustainable building. Get an overview of all the building certifications that have been emerging in recent years – for the benefit of users, owners and the environment. You can also read how Troldtekt contributes positively to the various schemes.

Given Troldtekt’s Cradle to Cradle certification, the use of certified wood and the option of choosing acoustic panels with a reduced carbon footprint, Troldtekt is an obvious choice if you want to be able to document your building as being more sustainable.

Milestone: The material passport gathers all product data in one place

To create transparency, traceability and provide access to the data that is specific to a particular construction material; this is the purpose of a new material passport, which is supported by a broad industry-wide collaboration. This initiative will pave the way towards building construction becoming a circular process. Read the following interview with two of the people who were key to developing the material passport.

EDGE Grand Central raises the bar for the environment as well as the working environment

EDGE Grand Central Berlin is the first German office building to be certified at Gold level by the WELL Building Standard and at Platinum level by DGNB. Here, the Bolwin Wulf architects talk about their thoughts behind the project.

Renowned architect: A future without buildings and raw materials

It will take more than just efficiency increases and process optimisations for us to realise our goal of sustainable building. This is the message from the acclaimed Dutch architect Thomas Rau. He calls for a transformation that fundamentally shifts our role as humans on Earth.

Property developer swears by Cradle to Cradle

For Delta Development – a real estate developer active in both the Netherlands and Germany – reading the book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things at the beginning of the new millennium was a bit of revelation.  Since then, the book’s ideas have guided the company’s many projects. 

Materials expert: Data is key to circular construction

More buildings are being built that are designed to be disassembled at the end of their useful lives. This increases the possibility of reducing the environmental and climate footprint of the construction industry, but there are still many unresolved issues, says Martha Lewis, Head of Materials at Henning Larsen, an international firm of architects and designers based in Copenhagen. And the transformation requires data – lots of data.

Cradle to Cradle Certified®: A framework for safe, circular and responsibly manufactured products

The Cradle to Cradle approach is essentially a tool for designing and manufacturing more sustainable products. However, multiple benefits are unleashed when companies base their entire business strategy on the concept. That’s according to Dr Christina Raab, President & CEO of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.

Cradle to Cradle: Troldtekt advances from Silver to Gold

Troldtekt has reached another milestone as part of its strategic work with sustainability: The entire range of Troldtekt cement-bonded wood wool products – in both natural wood and painted in standard colours – has now advanced from Silver to Gold level within the Cradle to Cradle sustainable design concept.

Aalborg Portland: How we developed new type of cement

In 2021, Troldtekt launched acoustic panels with a reduced carbon footprint, based on the new cement type FUTURECEM developed by Aalborg Portland.

New EPDs show environmental footprint across products

Consultants and clients can now download new environmental product declarations (EPDs) for the different Troldtekt cement-bonded wood wool products. The EPDs state the carbon footprint associated with all stages in the life cycle of the acoustic panels.

Sustainable building on formula

Proven sustainable buildings benefit the environment, indoor climate, user-friendliness, well-being and operating costs. In collaboration with Ramboll, Troldtekt has documented how Troldtekt acoustic solutions contribute to the leading building certifications in sustainability.

Certifications for sustainable building

Read interview with architect Martha Lewis from Henning Larsen Architects; What’s required when working with certifications for sustainable building? More >

An office environment designed for well-being

Troldtekt interview with Åsa Jentsch from Kanozi Architects - the designers behind Eminent the first WELL-certified office building in the Nordic region. More >

Alnatura sets new standards with DGNB platinum

Alnatura has set new standards for sustainable building with its new headquarters. The building has been DGNB-certified at the highest level. Read more.

Sustainable laboratory in Berlin

Troldtekt acoustic panels installed at the world’s first C2C LAB in Berlin. Take a look in our online theme about sustainable building certifications.

References with sustainable building

Theme overview