Partnership launches new web platform for sustainable building materials

25 Jan 2018

Building materials ranging from sheep’s wool insulation to Scottish timber, and recycled plastics to breathable paints all feature in a new online resource for construction professionals, architects, builders and home owners.

Created through a partnership led by Architecture and Design Scotland, and supported by Forestry Commission Scotland, Zero Waste Scotland, Construction Scotland Innovation Centre and BRE, the Materials Library online resource will allow users across the country to compare and explore a wide range of building materials as well as accessing information about construction innovation, sustainable design and architecture, resource efficiency and low carbon building. 

 The digital resource complements the physical library managed by Architecture and Design Scotland at The Lighthouse, Glasgow, where visitors can get hands on with a range of sustainable and innovative building materials, consider how they affect climate change, as well as pick up case studies and further information. The new resource will support users across the country to access the resources of the library at their fingertips throughout Scotland.

The new digital resource allows the user to:

  • Browse, search and compare materials by type, origin and typical use
  • View case studies of the materials used in Scottish projects – everything from homes to visitor centres
  • Find events and training opportunities
  • Download publications and guidance on construction innovation, sustainable design and low carbon building.

Jim MacDonald, Chief Executive, Architecture and Design Scotland, said ‘The digital materials library is a powerful tool for finding out about sustainable materials and technologies wherever you are. Building on the success of our library at the Lighthouse, I am delighted that more people will be able to learn about building sustainably and benefit from the knowledge, experience and resources of key partners involved in sustainable design and architecture.’

 Rohan Bush, Business Relationship Manager, Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, said “Innovation in construction products and materials is part of Scotland’s heritage and critical to our future. The creation of the digital materials library means that emerging products and materials can now be showcased locally, and to the world. This excellent resource complements our recently opened Innovation Factory where Scottish businesses can prototype and test their products before going to market.”


  The Materials Library is available at


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