Whether it’s building information modelling, offsite fabrication or even the use of robots or drones on construction sites, much has been said of late about the potential for technology to change the way in which we build in Australia.

One area which should not be forgotten, however, is the products themselves, and the question of how innovation with regard to actual building materials could impact upon the way in which we build going forward. Monash University, for example, is partnering with 28 other institutions including the CSIRO to look…