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This report presents the status of nanotechnology in the construction industry.  In this sense it covers areas of construction such as repairing of buildings and infrastructures, including the provisions of materials, used for these purposes.

 

Nanomaterials can be incorporated in many construction materials and products such as cement, mortar, concrete, insulation materials, glass, paints and coatings.  The functions of these nanomaterials include self-cleaning applications, hydrophobic surfaces for water repellent applications, photocatalytic cleaning with the use of a light source, weight reduction of building components, energy efficiency applications, safety enhancement, and longevity of the building materials, fire resistant coatings and thermal stability applications.

 

This report tracks research and development activities through projects, publications and patents to products and markets. It also reports on past and current policies and programmes for nanotechnology. Overall it investigates on the outputs of research and how those outputs are used in the application of nanotechnology in the construction industry.

 

As regard to the European regulations for nanotechnology, these are well-advanced must comply with the regulatory framework for chemical substances, known as, REACH - the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals.

 

The outline of the report is as follows:

 

  • Introduction to construction and the role of nanotechnology
  • Policies and programmes for nanotechnology and construction
  • EU Research projects and Programmes
  • Publications
  • Patents
  • Industry and nanotechnology in construction 
  • Products and markets
  • Regulation and standards, environmental health and safety, communication and surveys.

 

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