The construction industry faces a critical challenge: achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. As a significant contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions (nearly 30 percent), adopting sustainable practices is no longer optional, it's essential. Green building materials are a powerful tool in this fight, and we endeavour to showcase those materials with the Sustainability Awards category of the same name.

These materials prioritise environmental responsibility throughout their lifecycle. Often made from recycled or renewable resources, they minimise environmental impact by reducing energy consumption, water usage, and waste production. From wood and concrete to glass, steel, and insulation, green materials offer a wide range of applications for foundations, walls, roofs, windows, and more.

Their impact is undeniable. Using wood instead of concrete can cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 50 percent. Green building materials also improve air quality, reduce noise pollution, and translate into long-term cost savings through lower energy, water, and maintenance expenses.

Capral's LocAl Lower Carbon Aluminium (pictured) remains a groundbreaking achievement, setting the precedent for sustainable construction and is the reigning Green Building Materials champion. This innovative product, now standard for all Capral's locally extruded window and door systems, significantly reduces embodied carbon in buildings.

This year, we're proud to partner with Cosentino, a company leading the way in sustainable practices within the construction materials sector. Cosentino prioritises responsible sourcing of raw materials, utilises renewable energy sources in production, and implements eco-efficient water management systems. Their dedication to reducing their carbon footprint and minimising waste throughout the product life cycle reflects the industry's growing commitment to a greener future.

The construction industry can be a powerful driver of positive change. By embracing sustainable practices, we create jobs, boost the economy, and protect our planet.

The 2024 Sustainability Awards celebrate individuals and organisations forging a path towards a better built environment.  The Green Building Materials category specifically recognizes the development and use of innovative, sustainable building materials.

Submissions for the 2024 Sustainability Awards are now open. We encourage you to be a part of this crucial movement by registering your material here.