Sustainable Building with Chemistry

Discover the Science Behind Sustainable Building Materials #sciencebehindsustainability

The American Chemistry Council recently rolled out a set of Sustainability Principles that articulate the chemical industry’s commitment to advancing safe, innovative, effective and economically viable products and technologies that are key to unlocking sustainability solutions.

Chemistry: The Science Behind Sustainability

Learn more about this initiative below, or visit, which highlights industry’s commitment to sustainability in nine key areas.

Sustainability Initiatives

For over a century, chemistry has enabled solutions to some of the world’s most daunting challenges. Over time, our challenges have grown more complex as we seek to sustain the health and well-being of Earth’s growing population and its natural environment.

Today the chemical industry’s brightest scientists, engineers and researchers are developing solutions that will help people live longer, healthier lives and support a safe, clean and prosperous world.

Sustainability has been an area of focus for the building and construction community for several decades, through the leadership of groups like the U.S. Green Building Council. ACC and its member companies are committed to collaborating and engaging with stakeholders, including USGBC, Greenbuild attendees, and architects and designers to continue to advance sustainability in our materials, buildings and communities.

The U.S. Green Building Council’s new report, “Sustainability: Yesterday Versus Tomorrow” highlights perspectives from leading green building experts on the future of sustainability in the built environment. When asked about leadership and innovation, Todd Sims, director of sustainability at ACC, noted, “Along with the continued move toward collaboration, I am excited to see the impact institutional investors can have on effecting change. I look forward to the changes future generations will dream up that are unimaginable today.”

Click here to hear more perspectives from Todd and other green building leaders on the future of green buildings and sustainability.

Below are a few examples of how chemistry is contributing to sustainability in the built environment:

Growing global demand for fresh water requires effective management and conservation of water resources.CLEAN WATER

Plastic pipes help conserve energy and water – they are virtually leak-free, not prone to corrosion and resist environmental stress.

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Sustainable architectural surfaces and countertops are made from a composite blend of epoxies, recycled glass and other commonly discarded materials. Using this technology, surfaces and countertops can be composed of up to 90 percent recycled content.

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Consumers are seeking access to dependable, affordable, more renewable energy resources.MODERN ENERGY

Spray polyurethane foams (SPF) can play a major role in insulating and air-sealing homes and buildings – helping to reduce air leakage, which can result in lower utility bills, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and improved indoor air quality by helping to eliminate infiltration of dust and allergens.

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The chemical industry helps communities prosper and grow.QUALITY OF LIFE

Durable siding and air and moisture barrier films and sheets made with polypropylene can help buildings and other structures resist damage from extreme weather like hail and winds.

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LEED Certified

LEED V.4 Pilot Credits

The U.S. Green Building Council is offering two new pilot credits to encourage building project teams to incorporate lifecycle and risk-based metrics into their materials selection processes.

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LEED Certified

Chemistry All Around the Building

Chemistry brings amazing properties to the materials used in commercial, residential and mixed-use building projects.

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Chemistry in Building and Construction

What makes your home so comfy and cozy? Well, it’s part science. Chemistry contributes to many of the materials that help keep homes durable, energy efficient and comfortable, used in products ranging from flooring to insulation. » Watch video