Residential, commercial, and government buildings consume 40% of energy in the developed world, in addition to vast quantities of water and raw materials. Sustainable building materials technologies can greatly curtail economic and resource inputs, improve labor productivity of building inhabitants, and reduce environmental impacts. This promise presents large opportunities for chemicals and materials companies to carve out early entry and incumbent positions in the buildings and infrastructure space.
Companies looking to capitalize on this opportunity need to be able to:
  • Monitor rapidly evolving technologies around the globe
  • Assess a wide variety of companies
  • Understand and forecast market dynamics: size, players, and trends
  • Navigate a crowded intellectual property landscape
  • Identify integration- and non-standard application opportunities for existing portfolio
  • Understand an uncertain, regionally-unique regulatory outlook
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Recently Profiled Companies

  • Contour Crafting

    Automated process for building construction based on 3D printing method

    May 18, 2016

  • KWS Infra

    Large infrastructure construction company in Europe

    May 18, 2016

  • AvonModular

    Developer of modular construction components

    May 18, 2016

  • Onyx Solar

    Manufacturer of photovoltaic glass for building integrated applications

    May 4, 2016

  • MetaComb

    Rigid board made from old corrugated cardboard (OCC)

    May 4, 2016

  • Pleotint

    Thermochromic films for reducing solar heat gain in insulating glass units (IGUs)

    May 4, 2016

  • African Bamboo

    Bamboo-based flooring and deck as alternative to hardwood

    Apr 20, 2016

  • Vital Vio

    Disinfectant lighting for multiple indoor applications, including health care, clean rooms, and food processing

    Apr 17, 2016

  • Intent Technologies

    Data-gathering software platform to optimize building operation processes and develop new services

    Apr 17, 2016

  • Ecovative Design

    Insulation and composite materials from mycelium and agricultural waste

    Apr 6, 2016

  • Eco Nano

    Silica aerogel developer using drying process under ambient pressure

    Apr 6, 2016

  • VIMtrek

    Virtual reality for architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry

    Apr 3, 2016

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Building Envelope Materials:

  • Advanced insulation, phase change and high thermal mass materials
  • Windows: low-e, thermochromic, electrochromic, photochromic
  • Building integrated photovoltaics

Structural Materials:

  • Concrete/cement: transparent, photocatalytic, carbon/smog capturing, insulating
  • Recycled metals: steel, aluminum, copper
  • Polymers: roofing, siding
  • Wood: sustainable forestry, recycled wood, GM trees for wood
  • Glass: low –e, optical films for daylighting and solar heat gain control
  • Membranes and admixtures for improved durability

Paints and Coatings:

  • Low VOC and water-efficient materials, reflective
  • Materials from renewable feedstock


  • Increasing building thermal efficiency
  • Reducing electricity and fuel use
  • Improving lighting
  • Improving indoor environment and productivity
  • Improving building water efficiency
  • Enhancing durability of structural materials in buildings, roads and bridges
  • Reducing the resource consumption (carbon, water, non-renewable feedstock, wood) and its supply chain impact
  • Reducing energy consumption during material synthesis, processing and forming
  • Identifying integrated solution and non-standard application opportunities for existing building materials

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