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Posted by Tasha Weiss on May 7, 2013 at 10:12 AM.
ConXtech announced that its ConXR and ConXL Chassis Based Modular structural steel building systems have been Cradle to Cradle Certified at the Silver level. These systems are the first Cradle to Cradle Certified structural steel framing systems in the world, according to the company.
Both ConXR and ConXL can be designed as special moment frame connections (SMF) or ordinary moment frame (OMF) structures. ConX connections are inherently bi-axial, capable of handling challenging seismic loading.
The systems offer architects and engineers the opportunity to design multi-story structures for future disassembly and re-use without compromising structural integrity.
“This product represents innovative systems thinking and provides not only a fantastic assembly system but also a brilliant way to eventually disassemble a building to recover materials that are precious for our future,” said Bridgett Luther, president of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.
Administered by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, the Cradle to Cradle Certified program is a multi-attribute program that assesses products for safety to human and environmental health, design for future use cycles and sustainable manufacturing processes. Each product is evaluated in five categories: Material Health, Material Reutilization, Renewable Energy Use, Water Stewardship, and Social Responsibility.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) includes Cradle to Cradle Certified products in its Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP), a database of products and services with reduced environmental impacts. In addition, Cradle to Cradle Certified products are recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification program and are eligible to contribute to a variety of LEED credits.
Cradle to Cradle Certified is a certification mark licensed by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.
For more information, see ConXtech’s press release.