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Impact and Implications of Regulations on the Building Materials Industry

Impact and Implications of Regulations on the Building Materials Industry

This market insight identifies major regulations impacting the building materials industry and their implications for building material manufacturers. The four key regulatory themes that have been discussed across all regions are indoor air quality, fire and safety, energy efficiency, and carbon emissions. The study sheds light on the variations in the impact of regulations across the key regions (including North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific). It also identifies the building materials that have been primarily impacted by the evolving regulations. These include paints and coatings, engineered wood products, insulation systems, structural materials, glazing systems, and construction chemicals.

These can be further classified into the following categories:
• Paints and Coatings–Architectural, fire protection, and protective
• Construction Chemicals–Concrete admixtures, waterproofing chemicals and membranes, adhesives and sealants, grouts, and concrete repair and industrial flooring
• Energy-efficient Materials–Thermal insulation, advanced glazing, smart windows, and housewraps
• Advanced Glazing Materials–Glass, plastics, sealants, and films
• Acoustic insulation and vibration materials
• Engineered wood and other composite materials used for building and construction

Some of the regulatory bodies, regulations, standards, certification programs considered in the insights are as follows:
Indoor Air Quality–Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), European Commission, Health Canada, and Construction Products Regulation

Fire Safety–National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC), and other regional/state building codes and regulations

Energy Efficiency–International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), ASHRAE, National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings (NECB), and Energy Conservation Law of Japan (ECL)

Carbon Emissions–Country-specific carbon emission reduction targets and policies

The study highlights the impact of regulations on participants across the value chain, such as raw material suppliers, building material manufacturers, distribution channels, and end users. Technological and product advances facilitated by the enforcement of these regulations have also been mapped across the four aforementioned themes.

The study also includes:
• A global construction industry outlook focusing on key construction markets such as Europe, US, APAC, China, and India
• A building materials overview by revenue across key segments such as paints and coatings, construction chemicals, energy efficient materials, acoustics insulation and vibration materials, engineered wood, and other composite materials
The research study seeks to answer the following key questions:
• What stage is the global construction industry at, and how is it expected to grow in key construction markets?
• What are the major regulatory themes affecting the building materials value chain?
• What is the impact of regulations on major building material groups?
• How does the impact of regulations vary across regions?
• What are the major building materials affected?
• What are the key implications for manufacturers?
• What are the key technological developments facilitated by regulations?


  • Executive Summary
    • Key Findings
    • CEOs' Perspective
    • Global Construction Industry Outlook
    • Building Materials Industry-An Overview
    • Impact Analysis of Regulations on Building Materials
  • Indoor Air Quality Regulations
    • Significance of Indoor Air Quality
    • Regional Regulatory Trends-North America
    • Regional Regulatory Trends-Key European Regions
    • Regional Regulatory Trends-Asia
    • Building Materials Affected by IAQ Regulations
    • Impact of IAQ Regulations across Value Chain
    • Implications for Manufacturers
    • Implications of Regional Regulations for Manufacturers-Paints and Coatings
    • Regulations Facilitating Technological Developments
  • Fire Safety Regulations
    • Significance of Fire Safety
    • Regional Regulatory Trends-North America
    • Regional Regulatory Trends-Asia
    • Regional Regulatory Trends-Key European Regions
    • Building Materials Affected by Fire and Safety Regulations
    • Impact of Fire Safety Regulations across Value Chain
    • Implications for Manufacturers
    • Implication of Regional Regulations for Manufacturers-Wood and Wood-based Materials
    • Regulations Facilitating Technological Developments
  • Energy Efficiency Regulations
    • Significance of Energy Efficiency
    • Regional Regulatory Trends-North America
    • Regional Regulatory Trends-Key European Regions
    • Regional Regulatory Trends-Asia
    • Building Materials Affected by EE Regulations
    • Implications for Manufacturers
    • Impact of Energy Emission Regulations across Value Chain
    • Implications of Regional Regulations for Manufacturers-Glazing Materials
    • Regulations Facilitating Technological Developments
  • Carbon Emission Regulations
    • Significance of Carbon Emissions
    • Significance of Carbon Emissions-Life Cycle Analysis
    • Regional Regulatory Trends-North America
    • Regional Regulatory Trends-Key European regions
    • Regional Regulatory Trends-Asia
    • Building Materials Affected by Carbon Reduction Regulations
    • Impact of Carbon Emission Regulations across Value Chain
    • Implications for Manufacturers
    • Implication of Regional Regulations for Manufacturers-Cement
    • Regulations Facilitating Technological Developments
    • The Last Word-3 Big Predictions

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