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This article looks at how the building and construction sector must use the latest available technology to improve and advance. It is an industry that is linked and interconnected to so many other sectors, and it is these interlinkages that allow for the best of the best in terms of tech, processes, and products that can be used in construction and engineering to produce safer, greener, and more sustainable buildings and homes.
The growth of the building and construction industry
The construction and built engineering industry is in constant growth, and for many, the argument has been that the only way that this growth will continue will be through the use of the latest technology and product developments.
Resources are dwindling, and building and construction standards are changing and improving; this requires innovation to come to the fore to deal with what could be a shortage of the right resources for building and construction and engineering.
One of the most innovative technologies and subjects to be incorporated into construction is chemical engineering. These are the chemists who are able to take chemistry out of the lab and then use it for practical situations and construction.
The improvements in tech and chemical engineering
Chemical engineers are now becoming an essential component of the construction industry. The mainstay is in the building and construction of specific use factories in the food and beverage industry or electrical battery firms.
However, these professionals are also very much involved in the production of specific products that are used on an ever-increasing basis in construction. Three of the main sectors for such development are coatings, adhesives, and waterproofing and filtration membranes.
Coatings: Whether for coating your roof for waterproofing, industrial floor coatings and fireproof coatings on sidings and for exterior weather guarding, the use of the exact polymers to meet these needs has become a big business.
There is also a great deal of money being spent on extensive chemical engineering research for the building and construction industry. It is now about finding the right coating to simply be sprayed onto the building for a specific protective purpose.
Adhesives: Greener, less toxic adhesives are now becoming the norm. The advances in polymer science now enable the production of non-toxic, strong binding adhesives. A current example of such adhesives is etox manufacturing, where the adhesives are organic and, as such, better for the planet.
Waterproofing and filtration: The ability to manipulate chemicals and materials to produce the very best filtration materials is now possible based on the current chemical engineering science, as well as the waterproofing membranes that will allow the passage of gases but prevent excess moisture and maintain a constant level of humidity and condensation in those building applications that require very specific conditions.
The building and construction built engineering sectors are making huge strides in the manner that the latest scientific knowledge and data are being used. The one sector that may not be getting the coverage in this regard is that of chemical engineering.
However, as mentioned in this article, there are a number of strong links between the products and chemicals being developed and their uses in the built environment to make safer, greener homes and improve the safety standards, removing risks to human workers during the actual manufacturing process.