26 January 2011
Sustainable building materials slowly gaining position
The extent to which architects expect that traditional materials will be replaced by more durable materials
strongly varies in Europe: in countries where Architects observe more demand for sustainable projects, they
also more often expect that traditional construction materials will be replaced.
This is shown by the Q3 2010
report of the European Architectural Barometer, a quarterly study among 1,200 architects in Europe.
In the United Kingdom, nearly a third (31%) of the architects expects that the necessity of sustainable construction will
result in a drop in share of traditional building materials. A slightly larger group (36%) of UK architects doesn’t think this
will happen too soon. In France, nearly three quarters (74%) of the architects think that traditional building materials will
be replaced by sustainable building materials.
In Germany however, a majority of the architects (56%) think that
traditional materials will keep their share.
The top five of products that UK architects indicate to be the most sustainable, consists of: glass (51%), LED lighting
(51%), stone wool and glass wool isolation (51%), bricks (47%) and sun shading (47%). Vinyl and plastics are seen as
the least sustainable products (only 15% and 18% of the United Kingdom architects indicate these products to be
These and many other results are shown in the European Architectural Barometer, an international research among
1,200 architects in Europe.
Four times a year, this study is conducted by Arch-Vision in Germany, France, Italy, Spain,
United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Besides indicators to forecast European building volumes, a topic is highlighted
each quarter. This is because architects are not only a reliable indicator for future building volumes, but they are also very
influential in how projects are build and which materials are used.