Building & construction

Buildings aren’t just for space; they’re an extension of who we are. People increasingly depend on buildings and infrastructure to live, work and play.

The global population is rising significantly, especially in urban areas, creating a growing need for well-built buildings and infrastructure. The number of households and commercial buildings will increase rapidly in the coming decades, driving demand for building materials. In meeting this demand, the building and construction industry needs to balance a number of trends, including higher performance, increased durability, improved safety, better aesthetics, reduced maintenance, greater energy efficiency, reduced material use and waste, and lower costs.

Collaborating with customers and across the value chain including trade associations, we are committed to helping the industry develop high-performance, sustainable building products.

Our products are increasingly being used to produce construction materials that are more energy-efficient, more durable and better performing. Plastic materials are used extensively because they are waterproof, stable, weather-resistant, light and easy to handle. From roofing to flooring, water pipes to window seals and house-wraps to insulation, plastics can deliver energy savings and last longer than other traditional materials, reducing material use and waste.

Solutions include:

  • plastic house wrap technology, which reduces the infiltration of outside air into the average home by 10-50%, helps to reduce the energy required to heat or cool the home. In the U.S., this technology has helped reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 120 to 600 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) since 1980 (
  • over its complete lifetime, 290 million tons of CO2 have been saved through the plastic insulation installed in the European Union in 2004—with only 1% of CO2 created during production. The energy required to make one insulation panel is recovered after four months of use in a house (
  • over its lifetime, plastic insulation saves more than 200 times the energy used in its manufacture, and its very high thermal efficiency also adds to savings (
  • building insulation materials save as much as 40 BTUs of energy for every BTU of energy consumed to make the material. House wraps save 360 BTUs of energy for every BTU used to make them material. Foam insulation can make a home up to 70% more energy efficient (

Our performance materials are enabling the development of high-quality solutions used in a broad range of building and construction applications.

*The American Chemistry Council.