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

  • JIOS Aerogel

    Silica aerogel powder

    Aug 26, 2015

  • Branch Technology

    Large-scale 3D printing of building components

    Aug 23, 2015

  • Genarex

    Bio-based additive for polymers from corn protein isolate

    Aug 19, 2015

  • RTI Cryogenics Inc.

    Developer of turnkey tire recycling plants to cryogenically produce recycled fine rubber powder and blend 100% recycled thermoplastic elastomers (TPE)

    Aug 13, 2015

  • Modumetal

    Nanostructured metal protective coatings

    Aug 9, 2015

  • Alistagen

    Antimicrobial paint and coatings based on microencapsulated calcium hydroxide

    Aug 9, 2015

  • AlphaMicron

    Transparency-changing films

    Aug 4, 2015

  • Research Frontiers

    Suspended particle device (SPD) dynamic window technology

    Jul 29, 2015

  • Nano High-tech

    Silica aerogel insulation materials

    Jul 29, 2015

  • SunCentral

    Climate-responsive sunlight reflector as well as hybrid LED-daylighting system

    Jul 29, 2015

  • Qingdao Creek New Environmental Materials

    Vacuum insulation panels (VIPs) based on fiberglass and silica

    Jul 19, 2015

  • Creative Material Technologies

    Polymeric low-volatile organic chemical (VOC) and thermally responsive roof coatings for construction and industrial applications

    Jul 19, 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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