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Construmat 2024: promoting sustainable building

Including a conference on protecting the planet, the Barcelona trade event focuses on innovative practices for reducing the environmental impact of the building industry

Construmat 2024: promoting sustainable building
By Editorial Staff -

The most advanced construction technologies for achieving sustainability will be the focus of the Sustainable Building Congress, scheduled to take place as part of the 23rd Construmat, the Spanish trade event dedicated to the building industry, which returns to Barcelona, May 21–23, 2024. In two auditoriums set up in Pavilion 2 of the Gran Via venue, over 120 speakers from around the world will take part in 50 product presentations and host more than 15 roundtable sessions. During the event, renowned architects and builders will examine representative projects in progress and discuss the fundamental challenges facing the industry.

Responsible for a significant portion of CO2 emissions, and the intensive consumption of natural resources and raw materials, the construction industry is determined to rethink its activities to minimize its impact on the environment. To contribute to achieving this goal, the Sustainable Building Congress will examine examples of sustainable construction projects, such as the new Mercedes eco-district on the former site of the Mercedes-Benz factory in Barcelona, the renovation of the urban space between Palazzo Reale and Plaza de España in Madrid, and the new headquarters of multinational Bosch in Casablanca, Morocco.

Construmat alla Fira de Barcelona Courtesy Construmat


Construmat 2024: the common thread of sustainability

The event will include many different perspectives on more environmentally friendly practices, with participants ranging from French architect and bioclimatic architecture expert Emmanuelle Patte to Spanish architect Sonia Hernández-Montaño Bou, founder of Arquitectura Sana; Moroccan architect Jaafar Sijelmassi, founder of Sijelmassi & Partners; Emirates architect Albert Fakhoury, president of the Council for International Accreditation of Architecture & Design (CIAAD); and Mexican architect Jorge Arditi, president of the Mexico Region of the American Institute of Architects.

Sustainability will be the common thread running through the entire program, which will look at topics such as decarbonization, urban regeneration, energy retrofitting, and the circular economy. And of no less importance on the path to transforming industry paradigms is the comparison of new construction methods, industrialization, and digital technologies (BIM, Digital Twin, IoT, and AI).

Construmat alla Fira de Barcelona Courtesy Construmat


A growing event

The Sustainable Building Congress is just one part of the 23rd Construmat, the building industry exhibition staged at Fira de Barcelona, which this year will attract over 300 in-person and indirect exhibitors, representing some 600 brands. With industry leaders from all sectors, associations, and some of the most important construction companies all taking part, the event will occupy 50% more floorspace this year.

Another key event held under the umbrella of Construmat 2024 is PropCon-Hub, an innovation area for start-ups with a forum dedicated to investments. This year’s guest nation is Morocco. Finally, the prestigious Construmat Awards will return, organized by the Mies van der Rohe Foundation.


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