18 new building materials that could revolutionize construction

From materials that generate their own energy to those that provide better structural protection, the future of building is changing.


A new generation of stronger, lighter and more durable building materials is coming to solve the main challenges of the construction industry. From natural disasters and sheer cost to environmental concerns and inefficiency, the industry is struggling to meet demand while maintaining production. Construction projects consume 50% of our resources of nature, often resulting in additional costs, delayed construction times and wasted materials.

To address some of these challenges, many innovative companies are developing a generation of new building materials. Materials are designed to be smarter, stronger, self-sufficient, more elegant and more environmentally friendly.

To maintain a competitive edge, construction companies need to keep abreast of these hardware innovations. Buildings made with the most modern materials will be better equipped to solve today’s challenges, reduce their carbon footprint and impact industry.

While it can take decades for scientific breakthroughs to arrive on a jobsite, a new generation of materials is coming. Here are 18 materials that are currently buzzing in construction and could very well change the way we build.

  1. Self-healing concrete
  2. 3D graphene
  3. Airbrush
  4. Laminated wood
  5. Modular bamboo
  6. clear aluminum
  7. translucent wood
  8. Light-generating concrete
  9. Microbial cellulose
  10. spider silk
  11. aluminum foam
  12. nanocrystal
  13. wool brick
  14. Pollution-absorbing brick
  15. Hydroceramic
  16. Biochar
  17. Bioreactors
  18. Invisible solar cells

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