Empa's advanced knowledge in materials science and technology, high-level experimental and analytical equipment and computational modeling shall be used to address challenges in three areas:
Development of low environmental footprint construction materials by promoting cementitious materi-als and low CO2 concrete composites, applying alternative or recycled binders for new energy saving road materials, upgrading wood as high performance renewable construction material, and fostering the development of adaptive hygrothermal and highly insulating aerogels.
Surface modifications of construction materials by using physical, chemical and biological treatments; promoting the interaction of materials with coatings, adhesive and binders, to develop e.g. moisture regulating coatings for facades, and eco-friendly intumescent flame retardant coatings and layers.
Enhance fundamental understanding of porous building materials (physical, mechanical, chemical and biological processes, 3D characterization).