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

  • Construction Robotics

    Automated bricklaying system

    Nov 18, 2015

  • Lehigh Technologies

    Micronized rubber powder from end-of-life tire/waste rubber for applications in tires, infrastructure materials, and building materials

    Nov 18, 2015

  • Rodeca

    Translucent daylighting panels and windows based on polycarbonate

    Nov 18, 2015

  • Air Serenity

    Air purifier enabled by plasma flash

    Nov 5, 2015

  • Interface Inc.

    Manufacturer of modular recyclable carpet tiles

    Nov 5, 2015

  • ENS Europe

    Develops devices for air cleaning using electrostatic filtering

    Nov 1, 2015

  • Paxymer

    Non-halogenated fire retardants for polyolefin based products

    Oct 21, 2015

  • Tilescape

    Modular green roof systems

    Oct 21, 2015

  • Sensity Systems

    Developer of LED luminaires for outdoor, high bay, and parking garage lighting applications

    Oct 18, 2015

  • Kastus

    Visible light activated photocatalytic antimicrobial coatings for glass, ceramic, and metal substrates

    Oct 18, 2015

  • Zero Carbon Building Element

    Prefabricated component for building envelope based on wood, straw bale, reed, and clay

    Oct 7, 2015

  • Department of Structural Engineering, Delft University of Technology - Hendrik Jonkers

    Self-healing concrete based on bacteria and biodegradable capsules

    Oct 7, 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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