The 1st International Symposium on Nanotechnology in Construction
(2003) demonstrated that Nanotechnology has the answer to many of
the needs of the construction sector, concerning materials, in relation
to sustainability and competitiveness, and that its application
within this sector is expected to translate into a massive technological
and economic impact in the medium to long term.
The future of construction materials rests on the development of
their multifunctional character. The concept of knowledge-based
materials is absolutely relevant to this goal, and Nanotechnology
is the major enabling tool allowing to manipulate, design and engineer
materials at scales from 0.1 nm -100 nm. In particular, Nanotechnology
is expected to lead to the development of materials with increased
durability and improved performance, as well as to the development
of ultra high-performance materials.
Nanotechnology has a disruptive character. It could lead to the
development of entirely new productive processes with greater energy
efficiency, better output, a reduced use of natural raw materials
and less waste generation, thus helping towards sustainable development.
The global market for products arising from Nanotechnology is predicted
to reach $1 trillion by 2015, of which materials would represent
a high proportion.