Building Green with Nanotechnology

G. Elvin
Green Technology Forum, US


nanotechnology, architecture, green building, construction, sustainability


Nanotechnology, the manipulation of matter at the molecular scale, is opening new possibilities in green building through products like solar energy collecting paints, nanogel high-insulating translucent panels, and heat-absorbing windows. Even more dramatic breakthroughs are now in development such as paint-on lasers that could one day allow materials to send information to each other, windows that shift from transparent to opaque with the flip of a switch, and environmentally friendly biocides for preserving wood. These breakthrough materials are opening new frontiers in green building, offering unprecedented performance in energy efficiency, durability, economy and sustainability. This presentation provides an overview of nanotechnology applications for green building, with an emphasis on the energy conservation capabilities of architectural nanomaterials and the role of nanosensors in green building. Ubiquitous sensing is likely to bring a host of benefits including customized temperature settings in buildings, light-sensitive photochromic windows, and user-aware appliances. Join Dr. George Elvin, director of Green Technology Forum and fellow of the Center for Energy Research, Education and Service, to learn more about how the nanotech revolution is bringing dramatic improvements in building performance, energy efficiency, environmental sensing, and sustainability, leading the way to greener buildings.

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Co-Produced by

Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization
MIT·Stanford·UC Berkeley Nanotechnology Forum
Nano Science and Technology Institute

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New Mexico Economic Development Partnership

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Omron Silicon Valley
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
American River Ventures
Economic and Workforce Development through the California Community Colleges
Controlled Contamination Services, LLC
Clean Technology International Corp.
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Riverside Technologies
NanoSelect, Inc.
Power of Minus Nine
Akeena Solar
Charles Pankow Builders

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