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Smart Structures in the Construction Industry: A Market and Technology Forecast – 2016 to 2025

n-tech believes that the market for smart structures in buildings, bridges and tunnels is about to take off as new business cases for deployment of smart structures begin to appear.  Traditionally smart structures have been used to provide disaster avoidance, especially through the use of structural health monitoring (SHM) systems; themselves a rapidly growing market.  However, we are now seeing the functionality of smart structures expand to include improving enhanced energy efficiency, lowering the cost of construction, increasing the lifespan of the building and even improving the aesthetics of the building.
 
These new developments fit in very well with the current buzz about the Internet-of-Things (IoT) and smart cities and we believe this megatrend will help boost the prospects for smart structures in the construction industry worldwide.  As a result we expect to see important new revenue generation potential for suppliers of smart materials, building materials firms, SHM system suppliers, energy companies and the construction firms themselves.

About the Report:

This report pinpoints the opportunities for smart structures in the construction industry and quantifies them in form of ten-year volume and value forecasts.  These forecasts include breakouts by type of technology, materials, and components used.  And while the current focus of smart structures is on large prestige buildings, this report also discusses how current technology trends will bring the benefits of smart structures down to smaller buildings and residential construction.
 
The forecasts in this report are also segmented by the geographical location of the building in which the smart structures are used – all construction is local and the forecasting models used here are designed to map smart building activities in specific countries and regions into our projections.  For example, we have specifically taken account of activity in the Middle East in this report, because so many smart buildings are being constructed in this region at the present time with smart structures inside.
 
The analysis in this report ranges over the complete value chain and covers materials, components and final products. Our intent is to provide a technological roadmap for smart structures in the construction, showing how they can create value by enhancing the safety, energy efficiency, aesthetics, and lifetimes of buildings.  This roadmap analyzes the revenue generation potential for smart structures in buildings ranging from existing products such as smart windows and SHM systems, through the latest self-cleaning walls to future smart skins using the most advanced smart materials.
 
Finally, this report examines the product market strategies of leading suppliers active in this space.  This analysis includes both the largest firms playing at the international level and interesting new startups.  We also examine where the funding for these companies is coming including a look at important government funding for smart structure deployment in the construction industry.
 
This study is part of n-tech’s ongoing and expanding program of analysis of smart materials markets.  Previous reports have covered self-healing materials, self-cleaning materials, color-shifting materials, smart coatings, smart surfaces, smart composites, smart windows, etc. The goal of n-tech smart materials program is to identify where the money will be made in smart materials and to set out realistic product market strategies for smart materials that make sense in today’s economy.  

Executive Summary:  A Summary of Opportunities
E.1 Opportunities Presented by Smart Structures Deployment in the Construction Industry
E.1.1 Current State of the Market:  Early Stage
E.1.2 Convincing the Market:  A Need for Messaging
E.1.3 From Earthquakes to Wind:  Expanding Markets
E.1.4 Opportunities at the Components and Materials Level:  Sensors and Smart Materials
E.1.5 The Coming Need for Smart Structure Hardware
E.2 Firms to Watch in this Sector
E.2.1 Opportunities for Start-ups
E.2.2 Opportunities for Established Firms
E.3 Summary of Market Opportunity by Addressable Market
E.3.1 Ten-Year Forecast of Smart Structures in Construction:  Prestige Buildings
E.3.2 Ten-Year Forecast of Smart Structures in Construction:  Bridges
E.3.3 Ten-Year Forecast of Smart Structures in Construction: Other Commercial and Industrial Buildings
E.3.4 Ten-Year Forecast of Smart Structures in Construction:  Residential Construction
E.3.5 A Note on the Retrofit and “Facelift” Market
E.4 Summary of Market Opportunity by Geography:  Ten-Year Forecasts
E.4.1 Asia
E.4.2 United States

Chapter One:  Introduction
1.1 Background to this Report
1.1.1 Evolution of Smart Structures in the Construction Industry
1.1.2 Smart Structures as Damage Control: From Isolation Designs to Structural Health Monitoring
1.1.3 Towards Smart Building Skins:  The Role of Smart Structures
1.1.4 Bottom Line:  Patterns of Opportunity
1.2    Objectives and Scope of this Report
1.2.1 Goals of the Report
1.2.2 Report and Forecast Scope
1.3 Methodology and Sources of Information
1.3.1 Forecasting Methodology
1.4 Plan of this Report

Chapter Two: Smart Structures in Construction:  Materials and Technologies
2.1 Smart Materials for Smart Structures
2.1.1 Shape Memory Alloys
2.1.2 Piezoelectric Technology
2.1.3 Self-Cleaning and Self-Healing Technologies
2.1.4 Color-shifting and Light-Related Materials
2.1.5 Aerogels
2.1.6 Smart Materials for Self-Dimming Windows
2.1.7 Other Important Smart Materials for Smart Structures in the Construction Industry
2.2 Sensors for Smart Structures
2.2.1 Fiber-Optic Sensors
2.2.2 Strain Gauges
2.3 Ten-Year Technology Forecast for Smart Structures in the Construction Industry
2.3.1 SHM and Building Skins
2.3.2 Smart Materials and Forecasts
2.4 Key Points from this Chapter

Chapter Three: Smart Structures in Construction:  Product Evolution
3.1 Smart Structures in the Construction Industry:  A Product Roadmap
3.1.1 First Phase:  Damage Detection
3.1.2 Second Phase:  SHM
3.1.3 Third Phase:  The Emergence of Smart Building Skins
3.2 Mature Markets for Seismic and Wind Damage Monitoring and Recovery
3.2.1 Shock Absorbers and Dampers
3.2.2 Isolation:  Towards Sensors and Smart Materials
3.3. Towards More Effective SHM:  Technology Trends
3.3.1 Software and Analytics
3.4 The Rise of Smart Buildings Skins
3.4.1 Smarter Walls and their Implications
3.4.2 Smart Skins:  Energy Efficiency and Energy Generation
3.4.3 Smart Skins and Aesthetics
3.5 A Note on Smart Floors
3.5.1 Air Purification in Smart Floors
3.5.2 Smart Floors That Track
3.5.3 Smart Floors That Generate Energy
3.6 Influencing the Influencers
3.7 Policy Considerations for Smart Building Skins
3.7.1 A Role for Subsidies
3.7.2 Local Government and Smart Building Skins
3.7.3 Continued Government Funding
3.8 Key Points from this Chapter

Chapter Four: Smart Structure Deployment in Construction: Geographies and Markets
4.1 Smart Structures Inside:  An International Comparison
4.2 Beyond New Prestige Buildings and Bridges: Retrofits and Residential Markets
4.3 The Impact of Smart Cities on the Future of Smart Structures
4.4 Similarities to the BIPV Market
4.5 Smart Structures in the U.S. Construction Market
4.5.1 Expectations for the U.S. Construction Market:  Implications for Smart Structures
4.5.2 Notable Buildings Using Smart Structures in North America
4.6 Smart Structures in the European Construction Market
4.6.1 Smart Construction and the Decline of “Greentech”
4.6.2 Notable Buildings Using Smart Structures in Europe
4.7 Smart Structures in the Japanese Construction Market
4.7.1 State of the Japanese Construction Market:  Impact on Smart Structures
4.7.2 Examples of Smart Structure Usage in Japanese Buildings
4.8 Smart Structures in the Chinese Construction Market
4.8.1 Notable Buildings Using Smart Structures in China and Taiwan
4.9 Smart Structures in the Other Parts of Asia and Australasia
4.9.1 Australia
4.9.2 Singapore
4.9.3 South Korea
4.10 Smart Structures in the Persian Gulf Construction Market
4.10.1 Notable Buildings Using Smart Structures in the Persian Gulf
4.11 10-Year Forecast of Addressable Market for Smart Structures by Geography
4.12 Key Points from this Chapter

Acronyms and Abbreviations Used In this Report
About the Author

 
Tables and Figures
 
Exhibit E-1: Firms to Watch in this Sector    
Exhibit E-2: Ten-Year Forecast of Prestige Building Market for Smart Building Structures    
Exhibit E-3: Ten-Year Forecast of Bridge Market for Smart Building Structures    
Exhibit E-4: Ten-Year Forecast of Other Commercial and Industrial Markets for Smart Building Structures    
Exhibit E-5: Ten-Year Forecast of Residential Markets for Smart Building Structures    
Exhibit E-6: Ten-Year Summary of Market Forecasts by Type of Construction ($ Millions)    
Exhibit 1-1: Evolution of Smart Structures in the Construction Industry    
Exhibit 1-2: Addressable Market Evolution for Smart Structures in the Construction Industry    
Exhibit 2-1: Selected Smart Materials with Opportunities in Smart Structure-based Construction    
Exhibit 2-2: Customer Choice Possibilities of Smart Coatings for Smart Windows    
Exhibit 2-3: Ten-year Forecast of Smart Structure-based Construction Market by Type of Technology ($ Millions)    
Exhibit 2-4: Summary of Market by Type of  Smart Material and Components ($ Millions)    
Exhibit 3-1: Smart Wall Functionality and Markets    
Exhibit 3-2: BIPV Glass Applications and Opportunities    
Exhibit 4-1: Summary of Market by Geography ($ Millions)

n-tech Research Releases Industry Analysis of Smart Structures in the Construction Industry

Glen Allen, Virginia:  Industry analyst firm n-tech Research today announced the release of a new report titled “Smart Structures in the Construction Industry: A Market and Technology Forecast – 2016 to 2025. According to the report the market for smart structures in the construction industry will exceed $2.3 billion by 2021. 

Details about the report, including a downloadable excerpt are available at: http://ntechresearch.com/market_reports/smart-structures-in-the-construction-industry-a-market-and-technology-forec
 
A related study from the firm, “Smart Structures in Aerospace: Market Opportunities – 2016 to 2025.” Details about the report, including a downloadable excerpt are available at: http://ntechresearch.com/market_reports/smart-structures-in-aerospace-market-opportunities-2016-20251
 
About the report:
 
n-tech believes that the market for smart structures in buildings, bridges and tunnels is about to take off based on improved energy efficiency, reduced construction costs, increasing the lifespan of buildings and even improving building aesthetics. These developments fit well with the current buzz about the Internet-of-Things (IoT) and smart cities and will create opportunities for smart materials suppliers, building materials firms, structural health monitoring system (SHM) companies, energy companies and the construction firms themselves.
 
This report pinpoints the potential for smart structures in the construction sector and quantifies them in form of ten-year forecasts expressed in volume and value and also segmented by the building geography and type.
 
The report provides analysis of the markets for smart structures in seismic and wind damage avoidance, SHM systems and smart building skins.  It also quantifies the opportunities for the smart materials and components used in the smart building structures.  These include shape memory alloys and polymers, piezoelectric technology, self-cleaning and self-healing materials, color-shifting surfaces, specialized biomaterials, and a variety of sensors.
 
Our analysis includes large international firms and interesting new startups.  Some of the companies covered include: Agilent, Alcoa, Arkema, Autonomic Materials, Covestro, Cytec, Dow Chemical, Dynalloy, Ferro, Honeywell, Heliatek, IBM, Johnson Controls, Lord Corporation, Mitsubishi, Oxford Photovoltaics, PPG, SLIPS Technologies, Teijin, and Toray.
 
From the report:
 
Smart building structures provide new uses for both commercially available smart materials and those just emerging from the lab.  For example, the smart structures “revolution” will see the use of nitinol shape memory alloy (SMA) to replace some traditional steel-and concrete construction, using its ability to self-restore when a building or bridge comes under stress.  In total the smart building structure market will produce around $150 million in smart materials sales in 2021.
 
In the next few years, the focus in this business will be on SHM. Leveraging the capabilities of smart materials and sensors, SHM will take the relatively mature market for seismic protection and turn it into a broader market where money is made protecting building, bridges, etc. against wind and other weather conditions, with finer tuned data collection and automatic repair capabilities than has ever been possible.  By 2021, we expect the building SHM market to reach $555 million
 
Today smart building skins using smart structures are mostly found in high-profile projects and experimental buildings. However, by 2021 they will account for $1.4 billion in smart structure shipments.  Building skins will make use of leading edge technologies such as embedded biomaterials that clean the air in the air in the building, while providing sustainable energy at the same time; or color-shifting materials that simultaneously enhance energy efficiency and aesthetics in sync with the weather and time of day.
 
About n-tech:
 
n-tech Research is the rebrand of NanoMarkets.  Our firm is a recognized leader in industry analysis and forecasts in all of these areas.  Visit http://www.ntechresearch.com for a full listing of the firm's reports and other services.
 
Contact:
 
Robert Nolan
n-tech Research
(804) 938-0030

posted Feb 17, 2016

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