The possibilities of applying nanotechnology in the building sector are many, but still an increased level of cooperation and knowledge sharing is needed between the research and the building industry, if the potential is to be carried out. So Risø DTU concludes in a new report
, which, as part of the research project NanoByg, describes the perspectives and possibilities of applying nanotechnology in the building sector.
Self-cleaning windows and antibacterial kitchen tables. Roof plates with built-in solar cells and intelligent windows adjusting the lighting according to the occupants’ wishes. Nanotechnology means exciting perspectives to the building industry. However, it seems difficult to bring nanotechnology and the building sector together according to a report from the research project NanoByg
”Our analyses show a great gap between nanotechnology and the building sector. Danes involved in nanotechnology do not play an active part in the building sector and they know very little about the needs and problems of the building sector. The building sector is still less active in nanotechnology and therefore knows very little about its possibilities,” says scientist Måns Molin from Risø DTU.
The great gap between nanotechnology and the building sector is explained in the report by the divided and project constructed structure of the building industry, the comprehensive regulations and the many different types of standards.
Improved communication and more cooperation between the building sector and the nano research
According to the report, in order to promote nanotechnology within the Danish building sector, more communication and cooperation will be needed between the building sector and the knowledge environment concerning nanotechnology. The report suggests that channels for knowledge sharing are established and the building of a system which will create new cooperative relations in the building sector.
A NanoByg report
The report from Risø DTU is supported by Realdania. In the report the innovation tendencies within nanotechnology and the building sector are identified. The report also contains a list of activities and people already applying nanotechnology in architecture and buildings. Furthermore some of the nanoactivities relevant to the building sector are identified.
The overall objective of the Nanobyg initiative is to create the framework for a national effort which can build a bridge between nano technological research and development and the needs of the building industry.
Collaborators in NanoByg
The NanoByg report has been worked out by a consortium of participants within the building industry as well as the nano research. Among the participants are Risø DTU, BYG•DTU, SBi, the Architect School of the Academy of Fine Arts, NaNet (the Danish nano network) and Rockwool.
Scientist Måns Molin, Risø National Laboratory, tel. 46 77 51 25, mail: email@example.com