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As architects and interior designers imagine and create sleek, modern buildings and office environments, chemistry is at the root of the high-performing materials that help make innovations possible. The products of chemistry contribute to the durability and functionality of walls, roofing, floors and insulation that make up a building structure, the energy efficiency of lighting and the aesthetics of stylish décor.
Here are a few examples of how chemistry is key to high-performing materials:
- Light-emitting diode (LED) lighting is a frequent choice for illuminating commercial spaces and offices, offering energy efficiency, durability and long life. In the future, LED lighting could cut global energy demand by 30 percent.
- Vinyl flooring is moisture-resistant, durable and easy-to-clean — helping to provide a hygienic and safe environment in healthcare facilities, offices and restaurants. Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) offers high-end aesthetic designs and patterns for flooring surfaces that can be both warm and comfortable underfoot.
- Sustainable surfaces and countertops are made using a composite blend of epoxies, recycled glass, and other post-consumer materials. The end product can be composed of up to 90 percent recycled content, helping designers and architects attain LEED credits for their projects.
Designers and architects can learn more about innovative materials at the Material ConneXion Library, sponsored by the American Chemistry Council, which opened last year at the American Society of Interior Designer’s (ASID) new corporate headquarters in Washington, D.C. The library features 300 samples of innovative materials and products with an emphasis on health and wellness in the built environment.
Learn more about how chemical materials help make design bright.