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

  • Phase Change Energy Solutions

    Bio-based phase-change material (PCM) for thermal regulation

    May 21, 2015

  • Cenin

    Low-carbon substitute for Portland cement and materials for ground stabilization, industrial waste and sludge recovery

    May 20, 2015

  • QMotion

    Motorized advanced shading systems for buildings

    May 20, 2015

  • Well Shield

    Waterborne nanoparticulate photocatalytic coatings

    May 6, 2015

  • Meritage Homes

    Builder of energy-efficient homes that integrate sustainable building materials and high-efficiency equipment

    May 6, 2015

  • Thermal Visions

    Fiberglass-based vacuum insulation panel (VIP)

    May 6, 2015

  • NanoPore

    Nanoporous silica for shipping, building insulation, and appliance insulation

    Apr 22, 2015

  • Solaveil

    3D printed solar shading and daylighting device for architectural glass

    Apr 22, 2015

  • CarbonCure Technologies

    Carbon dioxide injection into concrete for processes like pre-casting and ready-mix

    Apr 22, 2015

  • 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

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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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