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

  • WaterGrip Growth Media

    Bark based growth medium for green roofs with high water retention

    Apr 8, 2015

  • D-Shape

    3D printed building parts based on sand and magnesium-based binder

    Apr 8, 2015

  • Noble Environmental Technologies

    Wood-based materials alternatives based on recycled or recyclable cellulose fibers

    Apr 8, 2015

  • Primekss

    Concrete composites for flooring based on calcium sulfoaluminate (CSA) cement

    Mar 25, 2015

  • PaveDrain

    Permeable paver based on Portland cement concrete (PCC)

    Mar 25, 2015

  • ZenRobotics

    Automated system for sorting construction and commercial waste streams

    Mar 23, 2015

  • Contour Crafting

    Automated process for building construction based on 3D printing method

    Mar 11, 2015

  • Solatube International

    Daylighting system for residential, commercial, and municipal buildings

    Mar 11, 2015

  • Ecovative Design

    Insulation and composite materials from mycelium and agricultural waste

    Mar 11, 2015

  • Nanopool

    Sol-gel amorphous silicon dioxide coatings

    Mar 8, 2015

  • Nanjing Ruiyao Technology Co., Ltd.

    Thermochromic film

    Feb 25, 2015

  • Serralux Inc

    Daylighting film based on embossed acrylic

    Feb 25, 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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