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

  • Reactive Surfaces

    Biocide additives for paints and coatings to render the surface self-decontaminating

    Oct 10, 2014

  • Duo-Gard

    Glazing, daylighting systems, and outdoor structures

    Oct 10, 2014

  • Green Earth Aerogel Technologies

    Silica and carbon aerogels from pyrolysis of rice husks

    Sep 24, 2014

  • Limeco

    High-lime binder for mortar or plaster

    Sep 24, 2014

  • F. P. Pigments

    Precipitated calcium carbonate and titanium dioxide composite pigments and coatings with enhanced hiding power

    Sep 11, 2014

  • Svenska Aerogel

    Silica aerogel for vacuum insulation panels (VIP), filtration, dehumidification, and paint

    Sep 10, 2014

  • Superior Products International

    Water-borne ceramic oxide coatings for thermal insulation of buildings and oil and gas pipes

    Sep 10, 2014

  • Heliotrope Technologies

    Electrochromic coating with infra-red and visible transmission control

    Aug 27, 2014

  • va-Q-tec

    Nanoporous silica-based vacuum-insulated panels (VIP) for building insulation and packaging

    Aug 27, 2014

  • LouverShade

    Motorized & Manual Solar Control including daylighting harvesting, glare reduction and thermal control

    Aug 13, 2014

  • LightLouver LLC

    Passive optical side-daylighting louver device

    Aug 13, 2014

  • SICC Gmbh

    Polymer-ceramic indoor and outdoor coatings for climate control

    Aug 13, 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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