The construction industry is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for approximately 30 percent of global emissions. As we strive to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, it is essential that we adopt sustainable practices in the construction industry. One of the most important ways to do this is to use green building materials.

Green building materials are those that are produced in an environmentally responsible manner and have a low environmental impact throughout their lifecycle. They are often made from recycled or renewable materials, and they can help to reduce energy consumption, water usage, and waste production.

There are a wide variety of green building materials available, including wood, concrete, glass, steel and insulation. These materials can be used for a variety of applications, as foundations, walls, roofs, windows and insulation.

The use of green building materials can have a significant impact on the environment. For example, using wood instead of concrete can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 50 percent. Green building materials can also help to improve air quality and reduce noise pollution.

In addition to the environmental benefits, green building materials can also save money. Over the lifetime of a building, the use of green building materials can save money on energy costs, water usage, and maintenance costs.

The construction industry is a major driver of economic growth. By adopting sustainable practices, the construction industry can help to create jobs, boost the economy, and protect the environment.

The 2023 Sustainability Awards will seek to celebrate the work of individuals and organisations intent on creating a better built environment, while the Green Building Materials category recognises the development and use of innovative and sustainable building materials.

The winner of the 2022 Green Building Materials category was SR2 – Systems Reef. SR2 is the world’s first 3D printed air distribution system. It is made from recycled waste plastic and designed for circularity.

SR2 is a radical approach to how air is delivered in buildings. It is designed to replace traditional steel tertiary air distribution systems in applications without suspended ceilings. SR2 consists of 3D printed components and standardised connections, seals, and fixings, which allows for a simple click and connect approach to existing and new HVAC systems.

ForestOne is the Green Building Materials category partner for the 2023 Sustainability Awards. As Australia’s largest independent distributor of wood panels, timber and decorative surface products, ForestOne has over 140 years of experience supplying to Australia's construction industry.

ForestOne has a strong focus on providing ethically sourced building products, with a mission to supply the best-in-class materials that empower specifiers with sustainability goals. The values of the company most certainly align with the category criteria of the Green Building Materials award.

Entries are now open for the 2023 Sustainability Awards. To scope the criteria, click here.