Building in 2030: The Future of Sustainable Building Materials

September 21, 2022 | Research Report

Production of construction materials is responsible for 10% of global energy-related CO₂ emissions. To address the climate challenge, technology innovators are developing sustainable building materials and manufacturing methods. Yet, reducing the carbon footprint of a material is only half the challenge — cost and scalability are critical. In this report, we analyze the sustainability and commercial viability of construction material technologies to understand which will play a major role in the built environment of 2030. The report also discusses barriers to change and enabling factors that will accelerate adoption of material innovations.


  • Chemicals
  • Government & Non-Profit
  • Industrials
  • Oil and Gas
  • Utilities

Table of Contents

  • Title page
  • New technologies reduce the carbon footprint of building materials and generate revenue
  • The focus of this report is embodied carbon: The emissions from production of construction materials
  • Through 2030, weak incentives and a dearth of low-carbon materials will constrain construction of sustainable new buildings
  • Sustainable building materials will be a significant growth opportunity despite the slow pace of change
  • Adjacent industries can benefit from the transition to low-carbon construction materials by providing critical inputs
  • Outlook

Lead Analyst

Analyst, Materials and Manufacturing

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