Research Type - Materials
Bioproducts are building materials derived from agricultural and forestry waste, and include corrosion- and flame-retardant coatings, low VOC insulating foams, and natural fiber-reinforced composites.
Cement-Based products are compositions that use cement to bind natural or manmade pre-cast building components.
Ceramics are clay-based products that include bricks, blocks, and tiles for interior and exterior application.
Composites are composed of at least two physically (not chemically) combined distinct building materials. They include matrixed materials, such as cement; fiber-reinforced plastics, such as fiberglass; and engineered wood products, such as plywood and oriented strand board.
Fabrics, sometimes referred to as membranes, form the enclosure material for tensile structures composed of cables or supported by air pressure.
Fluids,/em> refer to the storage and conveyance components for liquids (including water and liquid fuels) and gases (such as natural gas) used within buildings.
Foam products are those constructed of polystyrene or polyurethane foam, usually as an insulation material.
Geomaterials products are those that are derived from soil, rock, and concrete, and range from precast walls to gravel for roads.
Glasses traditionally are used for enclosure components, including windows, doors and some panels. This category encompasses sheet, reinforced, tempered, and heat-insulating glass, and glass products, such as glass bricks and tiles, and rolled glass sections.
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Metals and Alloys include structural steel; steel, aluminum and copper roofing; and aluminum alloys for a variety of uses.
Polymers are products that have synthetic polymers as their base of composition and include linoleum, rubber linoleum, vinyl tiles, laminated paper plastics, glass-reinforced fiber plastics, chipboard, and some plastics.
Wood products include timber, lumber, and composite products for structures, as well as interior and exterior finishings and fittings.