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

  • Columbia Green Technologies

    Green roof integrator using tray and layered systems

    Jan 14, 2015

  • Ecotelhado

    Vegetated roofs and walls with rainwater harvesting

    Jan 14, 2015

  • SouthWest NanoTechnologies (SWeNT)

    SWNTs and MWNTs

    Jan 11, 2015

  • Terra Cement

    Substitution of Portland cement with Class C and F fly ash

    Dec 18, 2014

  • Calix Limited

    Developer of CO2-absorbing cement and calcium-looping carbon-capture systems

    Dec 18, 2014

  • PURETi

    Waterborne nano TiO2 coating with photocatalytic self-cleaning properties

    Dec 3, 2014

  • Bagatelos Architectural Glass Systems

    Curtain wall systems for energy saving

    Dec 3, 2014

  • Zhongheng New Materials

    Vacuum insulation panel based on fumed silica and industrial insulation pads based on silica aerogel

    Nov 25, 2014

  • White Cloud Innovations

    Formaldehyde-free binder adhesive formulations

    Nov 20, 2014

  • IBT

    Architectural coatings with insulation and solar reflectance functions

    Nov 19, 2014

  • GlassX

    Glazings incorporating phase-change material (PCM) for solar heat gain control

    Nov 19, 2014

  • Ceratech

    Total substitution of Portland cement with Class C fly ash

    Nov 5, 2014

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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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