ClimateTech can refer to a broad range of technologies and innovations that aim to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These technologies may include renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, and hydropower, as well as energy storage, energy efficiency, decarbonization, carbon capture and sequestration, and other solutions that can help to mitigate the effects of climate change. One such mitigating effect in building and construction is energy efficiency and decarbonization of cement. At StoneCoat, our ClimateTech focuses on creating energy efficiency through high R-value exterior insulation and sheathing materials found in our patent-pending StoneCoat FUSION product. Our exterior cladding solutions, StoneCoat SMOOTH and CARVE, offer traditional stucco and stone finishes, are made from natural limestone materials, and reduce carbon emissions by up to 90% compared to traditional cement-based products.
Green Buildings and ClimateTech
Buildings are a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption, accounting for about 39% of global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions. As such, the building sector plays a critical role in addressing climate change, and ClimateTech solutions can help reduce the sector’s carbon footprint. This is something we recognize in all that we do at StoneCoat.
There are several ways in which ClimateTech can be applied to buildings. One of the most important is improving energy efficiency through building design, exterior insulation, and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems. This can involve the use of technologies such as smart thermostats, energy-efficient lighting, and high-efficiency heating and cooling systems. Energy-efficient buildings not only reduce carbon emissions but also lower energy bills for building owners and tenants. StoneCoat FUSION structural insulated sheathing system contributes by adding a high insulation factor of R-5 per inch of insulation (standard 2” FUSION panel provides R-10 exterior insulation rating). FUSION’s 4-in-1 performance reduces the building materials required during construction, and lowers the number of trips, amount of water and electricity required to complete a construction project. All of these factors combined with StoneCoat SMOOTH or CARVE can produce a NetZero or better total wall system.
Renewable energy technologies such as solar panels, wind turbines, and geothermal systems can also be integrated into building design to generate electricity and heat on-site. This can help to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and grid-supplied electricity and decrease greenhouse gas emissions. Again, with proper insulation such as found in the StoneCoat FUSION system these investments are optimized.
Sustainable Building Materials and Construction Techniques
Another area where ClimateTech can have an impact on buildings is in the use of sustainable building materials and construction techniques. Materials such as low-carbon concrete, recycled steel, and sustainably sourced wood can reduce the carbon footprint of building construction. Additionally, new building technologies like 3D printing and modular construction can reduce waste and increase efficiency in the building process. StoneCoat SMOOTH and CARVE play a major role in this impact. We are also working closely with several innovative 3D printing systems for residential homes. StoneCoat bonds well to these systems due to the limestone base found in our patented formulation.
The Growing Demand for Investment in ClimateTech Sector
Investments in ClimateTech have been increasing in recent years as the urgency to address climate change grows. ClimateTech investments refer to investments in technologies and solutions that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the effects of climate change. There have been many articles published on the amount of private capital being poured into companies that are solving the climate problem and helping other firms achieve their carbon challenges. ClimateTech VC reported $40B in funding across 1,000+ deals even in the 2022 market downtick. Corporations are also making big pledges to invest in ClimateTech. Pitchbook, a research firm that catalogs VC investing trends found that corporate funds put about $23.2 billion into climate tech during 2021 — that was double the amount in 2020. Among the most active corporations: Mexican cement company Cemex, Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk, U.S. airline United, global tech powerhouses Amazon and Microsoft and U.S. automaker General Motors.
There are several reasons why investors are increasingly turning to ClimateTech. One is the growing recognition that climate change poses significant risks to both the economy and society as a whole. As a result, many investors are seeking to invest in companies and technologies that can help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create a more sustainable future.
Another reason for the growing interest in ClimateTech is the increasing cost competitiveness of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power. This is leading to greater investment in renewable energy projects and technologies that can help to increase the use of renewable energy.
Investments in ClimateTech can take several forms, including venture capital investments, private equity investments, and public market investments. Some examples of ClimateTech investments include investments in electric vehicle manufacturers, renewable energy companies, energy storage solutions, and sustainable building materials such as StoneCoat.
In addition to traditional investment vehicles, there are also new financing models emerging in the ClimateTech sector, such as green bonds and green loans. These instruments are designed to finance projects and companies that have a positive environmental impact. Legislation is in constant motion worldwide on supporting these types of programs and can be vital to the firms building the technology as well as those utilizing said ClimateTech.
Overall, investments in ClimateTech are essential to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They provide an opportunity for investors to make a positive impact on the environment while also potentially generating strong financial returns. ClimateTech is a at the heart of all we do here at StoneCoat and our patented and patent-pending products with their unique and sustainable formulations.
The Role of Sustainable Building Materials in ClimateTech
Sustainable building materials play a crucial role in the adoption of climate tech solutions in the construction industry. StoneCoat patented products are EPD proven to lower carbon emissions by up to 90% when compared to traditional cement-based materials. Our patent pending FUSION system is a major market disruptor in so many aspects. The addition of the structural insulated sheathing panel and its related R-value and energy efficiency will drive the overall product to NetZero or better when combined with StoneCoat cladding. The membrane in Fusion is comprised of recycled plastics from the oil and gas industry. Furthermore, the elimination of Dens-glass/OSB sheathing, waterproofing barrier(s), and metal lath (or mesh layer) are core sustainable attributes as this eliminates non-sustainable materials, waste, energy or gas used for delivery and labor. Lastly the FUSION system is lightweight which can reduce foundation requirements and has the opportunity to reduce the amount of cement used in construction of the foundation.
StoneCoat offers two unique limestone-based exterior claddings. StoneCoat SMOOTH is made with natural limestone and finished to give you the timeless look of stucco. StoneCoat CARVE is finished to give the elegant look of stone or brick. Both products have been tested to meet ASTM standards in an accredited laboratory, and EPD-verified to reduce carbon emissions by as much as 90% compared to cement-based stucco and manufactured stone products. StoneCoat also has StoneCoat Fusion which is a highly energy efficient 4-in-1 total exterior wall solution that delivers NetZero performance.
Join the ClimateTech Revolution with StoneCoat
Are you ready to embrace the potential of climate tech in your next building project? StoneCoat offers a range of innovative, sustainable building materials that can help you create a greener, more energy-efficient building while also enhancing its aesthetic appeal. To find out more about our products and how they can benefit your project, get in touch with our team today.