Frequently Asked Questions
“How do I incorporate C2C within my procurement and tendering processes?”, “What’s so special about the Venlo C2C city hall?”, “What does C2C deliver? And is it expensive to implement?”. This page aims to provide brief answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. Got another question or would like to learn more? Then please don’t hesitate to contact us.
How do I incorporate C2C within my procurement and tendering processes?
We boast a team of accredited procurement officers who can assist you in asking the right questions and firmly embedding the circular principles within your selection and award phase. Specifying your sustainability ambitions enables the objective assessment of your application and the circular business case guarantees high-quality results. You can read more about how we assimilate C2C into the procurement and tendering processes in our blogs.
How do I construct a C2C building?
We assist both clients and contractors alike in securing, translating (into practice) and monitoring the C2C principles in their construction process.
What’s so special about the Venlo C2C city hall?
This C2C-inspired city hall received the American Architizer A+ Award for best governmental building, in both the jury and public award categories.
Designed and built according to the Cradle to Cradle (C2C) principle, the municipality of Venlo city hall is certainly an extraordinary building. Indeed, there’s no such thing as waste in this unique structure, and each and every product is a breeding ground for something new. Products are also designed in such a way that their raw materials can be recycled after use. Cradle to Cradle is about adding value by utilising products that are specifically designed to benefit people, the environment and the economy.
Which other C2C buildings have been constructed?
You can find details of the various C2C-inspired buildings that C2C ExpoLAB was or is involved in on our website. The C2C Centre also provides an overview of all C2C-inspired buildings. (http://www.c2c-centre.com/projects)
I would like to arrange a “C2C” tour of the Venlo city hall
We provide regular guided tours of the city hall from a Cradle to Cradle perspective. We offer various guided tour options, including guided tours combined with C2C workshops. You can contact us for more information about these options without any obligation.
What does C2C deliver? And is it expensive to implement?
Realised projects actively demonstrate that Cradle to Cradle offers added value for people, the environment and the business case.
Take the new Venlo city hall for example. Thanks to the circular business case, the municipality of Venlo will save and earn approximately 17 million euros within 40 years. The municipality is even on target to save money on cash flow after just one year (!). Sustainability measures in the field of energy, water and materials ensure a positive business case. And synergy between these measures delivers added value.
Despite not being expressed in euros, it’s crucial that you additionally highlight your project’s soft earnings benefits, such as increased productivity, reduced absenteeism and enhanced image etc.
Research shows that only 9% of an organisation’s total costs are attributed to building and management costs (and thereby 0.9% for energy), whilst approximately 90% are related to the people in your building. Thus, the realisation of a healthy and safe building has a positive impact on your circular business case.
Is C2C difficult to implement?
Cradle to Cradle is an innovative concept that requires a team with the right mindset. Our projects illustrate how much fun is involved in getting started with Cradle to Cradle and raising the bar in every project as a result.
What is a circular economy?
The circular economy is an economic system intended to maximise the recyclability of products and raw materials, and simultaneously minimise value destruction. This is in stark contrast to the current linear system, in which raw materials are converted into products that are destroyed at the end of their lifespan. And, as Cradle to Cradle additionally considers the health and safety of a product, this principle can potentially go one step further.