Chemistry is one of the most important components of everyday life. The world is filled with chemistry, from the oxygen in air we breathe, to the hydrogen and oxygen (H2O) in the water we drink, to the plants we eat. Everything we see, touch and interact with is made of chemicals. Buildings are filled with chemistry, too. The products of chemistry play a vital role to help maximize performance, energy efficiency and durability in our homes, offices, schools and hospitals. Let’s look at a few examples:

Great Value Chemistry-based products can deliver great value – saving money at installation or over the building’s  lifetime.  Some products save homeowners money after they’re installed, like energy-saving insulation.  Others can mimic the appearance of natural products, giving the allure of expensive woods, ceramic, marble, stones, or quartz– but at a fraction of the cost.  Some are lighter and easier for homeowners to install themselves.

Low Maintenance Cost Many products that rely on chemistry can have lower maintenance costs.  Composite decking is a popular choice, for example – it resists rotting and cracking.  Some chemical-based products can be easier to clean as spills can be wiped up with less chance of staining, like luxury vinyl flooring and wallcoverings.

Durable or Protective Many chemistry-based products are selected because they’re especially durable or protective.  Many paints, coatings, and sealants in a building help protect it from the elements and wear and tear. Easy-to-clean paints, for example, are popular for children’s rooms.

And chemistry enables innovative technologies that change the way we build things. For example, lighter, but strong concrete additive mixtures made with polystyrene beads reduce the amount of cement needed in concrete, lowering its weight and also improving insulation properties. This technology has been used in the new World Trade Center Buildings in New York City, and in the Burj Khalifa hotel in Dubai, the tallest building in the world. On this website, you’ll learn more about the various chemistries in the many materials and products that make up a building.


The products of chemistry play a vital role to help maximize performance, energy efficiency and durability in our homes, offices, schools and hospitals.

About Building With Chemistry:

BuildingWithChemistry.org provides information about some of the chemicals that are essential to the products used in architecture, building and construction.

This website is intended to provide general information only about various chemistries, their uses and function; it does not and cannot provide safety information specific to any particular product or chemical, and it is not intended to be comprehensive or complete and should not be relied upon to ensure safe and appropriate use of any particular product or chemical.

Because the safety of any building and construction product requires an understanding of its specific chemical composition, as well as the intended uses of the product and potential exposure to various constituents, building and construction professionals should follow the specific instructions and product labeling provided by the product manufacturer, and seek safety information specific to that product from the product manufacturer.

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