Applications of Nanomaterials in Construction with an Approach to Energy Issue
Construction industry is one of the sectors that would highly benefit from Nanomaterials with new functionalities and enhanced performances. The use of Nanomaterials in this industry should be considered not only for enhancing material properties and functions but also in the context of energy saving. This paper, aims to keep special attention on low energy buildings which utilizes the key resources of energy or construction materials in a more efficient way than the conventional buildings. Using Nanomaterials in these cases include harvest solar or other forms of renewable energy and energy conservation. The paper presents also applications of more efficient and cheaper solar energy collectors with high flexibility, heat absorbing windows, energy coatings and Nanoinsulations. The flexible insulation allowed the panels to be thin enough to fit within the existing window casements without need to modify window and roof fixtures. The NanoHouse represents a successful method of explaining what Nanomaterials are and how they work.
P. Ahadi "Applications of Nanomaterials in Construction with an Approach to Energy Issue", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 261-263, pp. 509-514, 2011