Seeking Construction or Building Technologies

Background / Description

IPI is working with our Open Innovation partner in UK to seek technologies that enables step-change systems for their existing and future product portfolio, which are applied in residential, commercial, industrial, infrastructure and institutional applications. Technologies should provide a tangible benefit in performance, functionality, aesthetics or ease of use for the contractor.

The construction of a new building or surface, and the repair or renovation of an existing structure can require a wide range of surface treatment, coatings, or additives to ensure a fully protected and functional element. Various contractors are involved in their application and use, and the speed of completion is often dependent on the chemistry involved and its environment. Failure in the application procedure often leads to costly re-work, customer complaints and expensive damages in the early time after commissioning. Subsequent structural health monitoring is labour intensive and repair and maintenance tends to be at the point of failure, necessitating more materials to mitigate the risk of failure.

The client is an international manufacturer and distributor of construction chemicals that seeks to provide contractors and facility managers the ability to apply a technology/product quickly and consistently, check progress and quality of its application, continually monitor its integrity and functionality, prevent its breakdown and alert a suitable contractor to a need for repair. Combined with leading chemistry, this improved technology offering could increase the health and service life of the structure whilst reducing its overall cost, ensuring the system is a ‘must have’ for the end-user.

The client hopes to augment their current product portfolio, and acquire access to solutions for use with concrete, admixtures, cement additives, grouts, waterproofing/containment, sealants, performance flooring, wood and steel protection. This could include chemistry, enabling technology and devices, which in combination with the existing products and solutions make a system with a unique value.

Technical Specifications

Chemistry to enable improved functionality (particularly added at batch level or as admixture)

  • Self-healing systems (e.g. for waterproof coatings)
  • Solutions to highlight breach in integrity of water-proofed surfaces
  • System for early detection of failure (e.g. via indicators) and corrosion inhibition
  • Additives to improve carbon footprint / improve energy profile installed
  • Next generation cleaning/repair/restoration solutions to extend life of surface
  • Additives enabling a decorative feature for a functional surface or functionality for a decorative surface

Technology to support chemical solutions

  • Alternative concrete reinforcement technology (e.g. composites, fibres, etc.)
  • Sensor technologies that can be embedded / mixed into concrete (not requiring specific placement) for in-situ monitoring of curing and quality control, e.g. temperature, pH, rheology, air inclusions
  • Systems to enable lightweight structural elements (e.g. via innovative prefabrication solutions)
  • Technology to enable a greener and more energy efficient building
  • Ease of application (e.g. packaging to address safety concerns; mixing; quicker application/curing)

System solutions

  • Structural health monitoring for lifetime of concrete / structural elements (e.g. steel) – to create ‘smart structures’ for efficient maintenance schedule (e.g. sensors for corrosion, cracks, water ingress)
  • Software solutions to enhance or support above systems
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM) solutions and compatibility, or software that helps to estimate the overall benefit of high-performance construction chemicals to the owner and/or contractor

Preferred Business Model

  • R&D Collaboration
  • Licensing
  • IP Acquisition
  • Business Collaboration (Joint Venture, Distribution)

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