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Nanotechnology and the Built Environment: 
Investing in Green Infrastructure (December 2012)

This report examines a future for U.S. infrastructure as it relates to advancements in green building driven by nanoscience investment.

As of 2012, the global market for nanotechnology was estimated at over $20 billion, composed of nanomaterials, tools, and devices used in a number of industries worldwide (Source: BCC Research’s Nanotechnology: A Realistic Market Assessment, September 2012). Driven by a rapid expansion of nanotechnologies in the energy storage/generation and construction sectors through 2016, the market for nanotechnology-derived products and processes could exceed $48.9 billion as early as 2017 (Sources: Nanotechnology: A Realistic Market Assessment; and Freedonia Group Inc.’s World Nanomaterials, May 2012).

Green building has become a growing priority amid global efforts to reduce energy consumption and use resources more efficiently. Innovative nanotechnology companies, such as those highlighted in Nanotechnology and the Built Environment: Investing in Green Infrastructure, are likely to prove essential for growth in the built environment as their technologies enable more sustainable development in each of the following sectors:

  • 3D Printing (Additive Manufacturing),
  • Cementitious Materials,
  • Insulation,
  • Lighting/LEDs,
  • Photovoltaics,
  • Smart Grid Technologies,
  • Steel,
  • Water Treatment, and
  • Windows.

This 80-page report details each of the market sectors outlined above, providing readers with useful information regarding market sizes, trends, opportunities, key developments, and M&A activity, as well as profiles 64 nanotech companies actively involved in these sectors. 

This report, Nanotechnology and the Built Environment: Investing in Green Infrastructure, is the second edition of Crystal Research Associates’ and Livingston Securities’ Nanotechnology and the Built Environment series. The first report, Nanotechnology and the Built Environment: The Transition to Green Infrastructure, was published on November 17, 2011, and is available here along with its subsequent monthly update issues.

 See inside report for applicable disclosures.