The Living Building Challenge launched the DECLARE Label at an event at Foster & Partners on 13th June.
The DECLARE label seeks to break the disconnect between manufacturer and user by seeking to create material transparency. Where does a product come from? What is it made of? What is their end of life options? The answers to all these questions can be found at the DECLARE label.
Products that are Safe for All Species Through Time : The materials we use within construction, the products we use within our buildings, are as vital as the food we eat, the water we drink and the air that we breathe if we are to maintain and improve the health of those who live work and play within our facilities.
Key to understanding the material and products we use is the transparency that enables us to make the correct specification, choice and procurement. Unfortunately, that transparency is not widespread across the UK manufacture and supply sector.
Indeed, as part of the (Living Building Challenge)Cuerden Valley Centre project in Lancashire, one of the biggest challenges was obtaining information on material ingredients to ensure compliance with the LBC Red List. There is currently a minimal number of Declare materials in the UK, which limited choice at our CVP. However, as the demand for transparency will inevitably grow, Declare will undoubtedly become a material sales differentiator. It will be an essential tool for example in meeting the pledges of the recent Architects Declaration of Climate and Biodiversity Emergency , currently signed by over 274 UK Architects
I am delighted, as part of the ILFI Europe team, that Declare will be launched into the UK market at our event, hosted by Fosters on the 13th June. where we will hear how major players in the UK Construction industry are addressing and setting standards for material transparency. Whether you are a client, manufacturer, architect, sustainability practitioner, […]