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

  • Rubitherm

    Organic and inorganic phase-change materials (PCMs)

    Jul 1, 2015

  • Beijing Fangyuanlvzhou Energy-saving

    Solar reflective, insulating, and anticorrosion coatings

    Jul 1, 2015

  • Seashell Technology- Hydrobead

    Superhydrophobic and anti-icing coatings for construction applications

    Jul 1, 2015

  • Insulgel-Tech

    Silica-based aerogel powder

    Jun 18, 2015


    Macro-encapsulated phase-change materials (PCMs) for temperature-controlled packaging, solar energy storage, and buildings

    Jun 18, 2015

  • SunWash Technologies

    Photocatalytic coatings

    Jun 14, 2015

  • Lotus Leaf Coatings

    Nanostructured sol-gel coatings with controlled hydrophobicity

    Jun 4, 2015

  • va-Q-tec

    Vacuum insulated panels (VIPs) based on fumed silica, fiberglass, and open-cell polyurethane

    Jun 3, 2015

  • Verosol

    Metalized fabrics for shade systems

    Jun 3, 2015

  • Phase Change Energy Solutions

    Bio-based phase-change material (PCM) for thermal regulation

    May 21, 2015

  • Cenin

    Low-carbon substitute for Portland cement and materials for ground stabilization, industrial waste and sludge recovery

    May 20, 2015

  • QMotion

    Motorized advanced shading systems for buildings

    May 20, 2015

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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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