Designing the Energy-Efficient House of the Future — AECOM Applies Nanotechnology on Gigascale Projects

Designing the Energy-Efficient House of the Future — AECOM Applies Nanotechnology on Gigascale Projects

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AECOM's Chuvashia House project incorporates a number of innovative features, including nanoadditives that make cement stronger and more weather resistant, as well as nanoaerogel insulation that helps to reduce the house’s energy footprint.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 9:05am

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Managing complexity, building better lives.

AECOM continues to offer the most innovative services to meet client needs on projects such as the Chuvashia House in Russia by using cutting-edge science featuring nanotechnology.

What is nanotechnology? The engineering of matter at the atomic and molecular scale — 100,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair — to create materials with unique properties and capabilities.

“AECOM is at the forefront of nanotechnology research and practical integration,” said Bill Looney, director of the nanotechnology initiative within AECOM's environment business. “This is a cutting-edge science that has the potential to transform the building design and construction market, specifically, by reducing carbon footprints and helping to meet global sustainability challenges.

“Working to provide nanotechnology solutions across multiple business lines and geographies is imperative to continuing to offer the most-innovative services to meet current and future client needs. A December 2013 independent study conducted by Lux Research with funding support from the U.S. National Nanotechnology Coordination Office and U.S. National Science Foundation estimates that the global market for nanotechnology-based products will reach US$4.4 trillion by 2018.”

With a goal of investing in nanotechnology projects that offer business potential and social benefit as well as advance Russia as a world leader in nanotechnology, RUSNANO partnered with AECOM’s building engineering team to design the Chuvashia House in Russia.

“The Chuvashia design successfully demonstrates the sustainable qualities of innovative building materials and nanoproducts such as insulation, lighting, solar cells, self-cleaning windows and basalt structural beams,” said Andy Parkman, AECOM’s director of building engineering for Russia and the Commonwealth of Independence States. “We are proud that the design successfully meets the BREEAM Ecological Excellence standard and is 30 percent more energy efficient than typical structures in Russia.”

Check out AECOM’s most recent sustainability report for more projects that are improving sustainability around the world.


AECOM is a premier, fully integrated professional and technical services firm positioned to design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets around the world for public- and private-sector clients. With nearly 100,000 employees — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management and construction services professionals — serving clients in over 150 countries around the world, AECOM is ranked as the #1 engineering design firm by revenue in Engineering News-Record magazine’s annual industry rankings, and has been recognized by Fortune magazine as a World’s Most Admired Company. The company is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, oil and gas, water, high-rise buildings and government. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering customized and creative solutions that meet the needs of clients’ projects. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM companies, including URS Corporation and Hunt Construction Group, had revenue of approximately $19 billion during the 12 months ended Dec. 31, 2014. More information on AECOM and its services can be found at

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