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

Recently Profiled Companies

  • E-coat

    Produces bio-based polymers for coatings

    Jun 22, 2016

  • Nanjing Ruiyao Technology Co., Ltd.

    Thermochromic film

    Jun 15, 2016

  • Project Frog

    Prefabricated building components

    Jun 15, 2016

  • OrganoClick

    Modification of wood and textiles for hydrophobicity, fireproofing, and antimicrobial properties

    Jun 1, 2016

  • Advanced Glazings

    Daylighting insulating glazings incorporating aerogels and light-diffusing veils

    Jun 1, 2016

  • KWS Infra

    Large infrastructure construction company in Europe

    May 18, 2016

  • AvonModular

    Developer of modular construction components

    May 18, 2016

  • Contour Crafting

    Automated process for building construction based on 3D printing method

    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

  • Nanokote

    Sol-gel coating formulations for glass, metal, and concrete substrates

    May 1, 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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