Construmat’s Sustainable Building Congress to focus on the innovative sustainability  

With more than 120 national and international speakers, 50 presentations and more than 15 round tables, the Sustainable Building Congress, the congress comprised in the 23rd edition of Fira de Barcelona’s Construmat trade show, will tackle the most advanced solutions to achieve the most sustainable construction possible. Renowned architects and builders will share insights of emblematic projects currently underway and debate the major challenges facing the sector.

Being responsible for an important part of CO2 emissions and intensive use of natural resources and raw materials, the construction industry is determined to rethink its activity in order to minimise its environmental impact. To contribute in achieving this goal, the Sustainable Building Congress will gather more than 120 national and international speakers to showcase real examples of sustainable construction projects at the sessions held in two auditoriums set up in Hall 2 of the Gran Via venue.

Initiatives such as the new Mercedes eco-district, on the former site of the Mercedes-Benz factory in Barcelona; the remodelling of the urban space between the Royal Palace and Plaza de España in Madrid or the new office headquarters of the multinational technology and capital goods firm Bosch in Casablanca (Morocco) will among the works discussed at the congress by the very teams implementing them.

More respectful praxis
Architects such as France’s Emmanuelle Patte, a specialist in bioclimatic architecture; Spain’s Sonia Hernández-Montaño Bou, founder of the Arquitectura Sana studio; Morocco’s Jaafar Sijelmassi, founder of Sijelamssi & Partners; the Dubai-born Albert Fakhoury, president of the Council for International Accreditation of Architecture and Design (CIAAD), and Jorge Arditi, president of the Mexico Region of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) will be some of the experts sharing their vision of an architectural praxis that is more respectful and imbricated with its natural surroundings.

Sustainability will be the backbone of the congress that will delve into topics such as decarbonisation, urban regeneration, energy rehabilitation or new materials for the circular economy. New construction methods, industrialisation and digital technologies (BIM, Digital Twin, IoT, AI) will also be tackled at the congress as major enabling levers for the sector’s paradigm shift towards sustainable innovation and improved environmental impact.

The Sustainable Building Congress is one of the activities of the 23rd edition of Construmat, Fira de Barcelona’s construction show, which will bring together more than 300 direct and indirect exhibitors and 600 brands with a 50% increase in its commercial floorspace in which leading companies from all segments and the most representative associations and entities of the construction industry in our country will take part.

Along with the Sustainable Building Congress, the PropCon-Hub, an innovation area for start-ups with an investment forum; a space for workshops; a wood construction area; a new edition of the prestigious Construmat Awards, curated by the Mies van der Rohe Foundation, and the presence of Morocco as a guest country complete the comprehensive offer of Construmat 2024.