Learn how chemistry contributes to durable, safe, attractive buildings
Architects and designers demand building materials that are high-performing, cost-efficient, low environmental impact, easy to install and maintain, and aesthetically pleasing. And chemical products provide a variety of attributes that enhance a building’s durability and resiliency – inside and out – while also providing cost and performance efficiencies.
Chemistry for Architects
Materials made possible by chemistry are used in making all the parts of a building – from roof tops to wall coverings and floors, to insulation inside the building envelope to countertops and surfaces.
Architects may have questions or concerns about some of the chemical materials used in building construction. Read below for answers to common questions:
- How and where are building products and materials used in the building?
- How do building materials contribute to sustainability and resiliency?
- How are building occupants exposed to building materials and products?
- What are important factors to consider when making materials selection decisions?
Chemistry for Interior Designers
Chemistry helps create high performing materials that help designers innovate. The products of chemistry contribute to the durability and comfort of furniture, the energy efficiency of lighting and the aesthetics of stylish décor.
Designers often have questions about the chemical materials used in furniture and other design products. Read below for answers to common questions:
- How and where are chemicals used in interior design?
- Are there hazardous chemicals that interior designers should avoid?
- How should designers make decisions about chemicals in building materials and interior products to protect occupant health and safety?
Standards & Codes
Materials Selection Decisions