Nanotechnology in Eco-Efficient Construction book cover

Nanotechnology in Eco-Efficient Construction

Materials, Processes and Applications

As the environmental impact of existing construction and building materials comes under increasing scrutiny, the search for more eco-efficient solutions has intensified. Nanotechnology offers great potential in this area and is already being widely used to great success. Nanotechnology in eco-efficient construction is an authoritative guide to the role of nanotechnology in the development of eco-efficient construction materials and sustainable construction.

Following an introduction to the use of nanotechnology in eco-efficient construction materials, part one considers such infrastructural applications as nanoengineered cement-based materials, nanoparticles for high-performance and self-sensing concrete, and the use of nanotechnology to improve the bulk and surface properties of steel for structural applications. Nanoclay-modified asphalt mixtures and safety issues relating to nanomaterials for construction applications are also reviewed before part two goes on to discuss applications for building energy efficiency. Topics explored include thin films and nanostructured coatings, switchable glazing technology and third generation photovoltaic (PV) cells, high-performance thermal insulation materials, and silica nanogel for energy-efficient windows. Finally, photocatalytic applications are the focus of part three, which investigates nanoparticles for pollution control, self-cleaning and photosterilisation, and the role of nanotechnology in manufacturing paints and purifying water for eco-efficient buildings.

Nanotechnology in eco-efficient construction is a technical guide for all those involved in the design, production and application of eco-efficient construction materials, including civil engineers, materials scientists, researchers and architects within any field of nanotechnology, eco-efficient materials or the construction industry.

Hardbound, 458 Pages

Published: April 2013

Imprint: Woodhead Publishing

ISBN: 978-0-85709-544-2


  • Introduction to nanotechnology in eco-efficient construction materials. Part 1 Infrastructural applications: Nanoscience and nanoengineering of cement-based materials; Nanoparticles for high-performance concrete (HPC); Self-sensing concrete with nanomaterials; The use of nanotechnology to enhance the bulk and surface properties of steel for structural applications; Nanoclay-modified asphalt mixtures for eco-efficient construction; Safety issues relating to nanomaterials for construction applications. Part 2 Applications for building energy efficiency: Thin films and nanostructured coatings for eco-efficient buildings; High performance thermal insulation materials for buildings; Silica nanogel for energy-efficient windows; Switchable glazing technology for eco-efficient construction; Third generation photovoltaic (PV) cells for eco-efficient buildings. Part 3 Photocatalytic applications: Concrete, mortar and plaster using titanium dioxide nanoparticles: Applications in pollution control, self-cleaning and photosterilisation; Self-cleaning tiles and glasses for eco-efficient buildings; Nanotechnology in manufacturing paints for eco-efficient buildings; Nanotechnology for domestic water purification.


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