Materials made possible by chemistry are used all over a building’s interior – from paints and wall coverings, to carpets and composite flooring, to kitchen and bathroom countertops, as well as furniture and lighting in every living space.
Light-emitting diode (LED) lighting is a frequent choice for illuminating commercial spaces and offices, offering energy efficiency, durability and long life. In the future, LED lighting might be able to cut global energy demand by a whopping 30 percent.
Durable, moisture-resistant, easy-to-clean vinyl flooring helps to provide a hygienic and safe environment in healthcare facilities, offices and restaurants. Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) offers high-end aesthetic designs and patterns for flooring surfaces that can be warm and comfortable underfoot.
Sustainable surfaces and countertops are made using a composite blend of epoxies, recycled glass, and other commonly discarded post-consumer materials. The end product can be made from up to 90 percent recycled materials, helping designers attain LEED credits or potentially other certifications for their projects.
Water-based epoxy coatings dry quickly, providing a tough, protective layer for flooring in high-traffic areas like hotel lobbies or hospital hallways. Water-based epoxy resins are also used for high performance and decorative flooring, such as terrazzo flooring, chip flooring, and colored aggregate flooring.