CORENA is pleased to announce Future Materials as the winner of their inaugural Innovation Award, and to celebrate all seven award nominees for their unique initiatives to reduce carbon emissions. The award recognises the most innovative and creative emission reduction project or initiative, as assessed by the CORENA Committee.
Future Materials, currently under development, will be a groundbreaking digital platform showcasing sustainable, reduced emission materials and products for the construction industry. Backed by research, Future Materials will assist designers to follow their green building and construction aspirations. The project has a short timeline to implementation, and with building material emissions accounting for ~12% of global emissions, there is a large potential for emissions reduction using this easily scalable solution.
One of the award judges and CORENA committee member, Adam Karl, states “We had a very diverse range of submissions, from community batteries and getting off gas projects, to new technology development and pioneering circular economy schemes. We are excited to see the Future Materials concept develop and scale to realise its significant potential for emissions reductions.”
The award was established in recognition of CORENA’s founder, Margaret Hender, and the innovative and pioneering spirit that drove her to establish and grow CORENA from humble beginnings in 2013. The value of the 2023 Innovation Award is $5,000 – which can be applied as a one-off cash contribution to the recipient organisation, for the implementation of the winning project or initiative, or as an offset against a CORENA loan to support the implementation of the project or initiative. The winner was announced at CORENA’s Annual General Meeting, held on the 19th of October