The Building Centre presents a digital material resource showcasing newly designed materials which utilize sustainable design practices for architectural and design applications.

The Building Centre also have a rolling display of material samples, including a range of scalable sustainable and recycled materials; featured in the product and material galleries within the Centre.

To learn more about the online material collection, and what material samples are currently on display, please contact the Building Centre's Content Editor, Anna Marks, 

To enquire about exhibiting a material, please contact the Building Centre's Commercial Director, John Bonning,


Recycled materials   slider

Perth-based company Nanollose, has created an circular knitted jumper made from coconut waste.

3D printing   slider

A zero waste lab has launched in Greece, equipped with a robotic arm and recycling facilities.

Biomaterial   slider

Fungi can be transformed into a robust building material.

Recycled material   slider

Old paper can be compressed into a strong and durable building material.

Biomaterial   slider

MUTUA benefits air quality in the home.

Bioinspired design   slider

What can architects learn from how animals construct their living spaces?

Air pollution control   slider

Pluvo is envisaged to clean the atmosphere by 60% and predicted to filter two cubic metres of air per second.

Metals   slider

Placing beeswax and metals into ceramics creates an antibacterial material.

Bioplastic   slider

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have created a bioplastic is formed from crab shells and plants.

Air pollution control   slider

Porous 3D printable material removes pollutants from water and air.

News & Knowledge   slider

Students from Universidad de Los Andes (based in Columbia) won the overall Biodesign Challenge, 2019.

Ceramics   slider

Four designers have turned red mud waste from aluminium production into terracotta-coloured ceramics.

Bioplastic   slider

Four designers from Imperial College and RCA have made a bioplastic from lobster shells.

Material alternatives   slider

Five alternatives to concrete: Mogu, Finite, Corcrete, CarbonCure and Made of Air.

Innovation   slider

A jet-black paint that becomes conductive when it dries.

Biomaterial   slider

Bolt Threads has spent over seven years studying the proteins found in spider silk.

Wood   slider

Twists of chocolate-coloured bamboo weave their way through a renovated café in Vietnam.

Biomaterial   slider

Cellulose-based biomaterial stronger than steel and spider silk.

Natural materials   slider

Adding sodium hydroxide to soil creates a durable, environmentally sustainable building material.

Paint   slider

Asif Khan's super-black pavilion opens at the Winter Olympics.

Carbon   slider

Self-healing material can build itself from carbon in the air.