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Advanced Coatings for Buildings

Aníbal Maury-Ramírez
Inês Flores-Colen
2,* and
Hideyuki Kanematsu
Engineering Faculty, Universidad El Bosque, Edificio Fundadores 3er Piso, Av. Cra 9 No. 131 A-02, Bogotá 111711, Colombia
CERIS, DECivil, IST, Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal
Department of Material Science and Engineering, National Institute of Technology (KOSEN), Suzuka College, Suzuka 510-0294, Japan
Authors to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Coatings 2020, 10(8), 728;
Submission received: 22 July 2020 / Accepted: 24 July 2020 / Published: 24 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advanced Coatings for Buildings)


Based on five Special Issues in Coatings, this e-book contains a series of fifteen articles demonstrating actual perspectives and new trends in advanced coatings in buildings. Innovative materials and multiperformance solutions provide a basis, contributing also to better protection of buildings’ surfaces during the service life, and users’ wellbeing.

1. Introduction

Based on the current need to achieve sustainable development, multiperformance coatings have been developed for building applications (new and existent ones) to improve durability and to achieve novel, sustainable and health functions. Although there are already some commercially available coating products on the market, their application in the construction sector is still not very common. With some exceptions, this situation is most probably due to the lack of reported scientific evidence and the fact that there are still numerous unanswered questions about the concept and application. Therefore, this e-book is aimed to provide recent research and works on the application potential of advanced coatings for buildings and intends to give new scientific insights into the interrelation between science, engineering, architecture and other disciplines by means of advanced techniques for coatings’ characterization and their application.

2. Multiperformance, Durable and Sustainable Coatings

This e-book, entitled “Advanced Coatings for Buildings”, contains a collection of five Special Issues consisting of fifteen articles which cover fundamental studies and applications of multiperformance coatings designed to improve durability and to achieve novel, sustainable and health functions in buildings. COVID-19 redefined the concept of sustainability, making crucial the inclusion of human health [1]. Therefore, solutions proposed by engineers, architects and scientists should be addressed, giving buildings innovative functions such as: air-purifying and fire-resistant properties, long-lasting aesthetical appearance, water resistance, anti-fouling and anti-microbial surfaces. The current threat of interacting with microorganisms also generates new challenges that must be acknowledged to improve human quality of life, for example, by developing biological coatings for buildings which can act as a thermal, moisture, noise, and electromagnetic barrier. On the urban scale, they might reduce the heat island effect and sewage system load, improve runoff water and air quality, and reconstruct natural landscapes including wildlife. In summary, this e-book on coatings compiles the following Special Issues demonstrating the bright future of advanced coatings for buildings: "Advanced Protective Coatings for Buildings” [2,3], "Nanocoatings with Air-Purifying Properties” [4,5,6], "Antifouling Coatings” [7,8,9,10], "Ultra-Low Biofouling Materials and Coatings” [11] and "Biological Coatings for Buildings” [12,13,14,15,16]. Going into detail, the Special Issues include the following topics:
  • “Advanced Protective Coatings for Buildings”: nanomaterial-based protective coatings, multifunctional coatings, bio-based protective coatings, smart protective coatings, sustainable protective coatings, low-embodied energy protective coatings, ecotoxicity on protective coatings, durable protective coatings and recycled protective coatings.
  • “Nanocoatings with Air-Purifying Properties”: comparison and assessment of the application potentials of novel nanocoatings for indoor and outdoor air purification.
  • “Antifouling Coatings”: coatings for commercial facilities, residential buildings, food processing, kitchens, baths and toilets, oil and water pipes.
  • “Ultra-Low Biofouling Materials and Coatings”: fundamentals and new concepts on ultra-low biofouling surface chemistries, novel nanostructured materials as coatings and coating additives, advancement in coating deposition technologies to improve coating antifouling performance, the self-assembly of chemistries and/or nanomaterials to fabricate antifouling thin films and coatings, advancements in understanding interfacial interactions between antifouling surfaces and microbial organisms.
  • “Biological Coatings for Buildings”: mechanical, thermal and hydraulic performance of biological coatings, modeling of biological coatings, life cycle assessment of biological coatings, construction of biological coatings and novel biological coatings.
Based on these interesting topics, we encourage you to read through this e-book and use the valuable information provided therein to help us move forward in the important area of multiperformance coatings with potential application in buildings for improving durability and to achieve innovative, sustainable and health functions. This approach certainly is a breakthrough to solve the current human threats for sustainable development during buildings’ service life.


This research received no external funding.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.


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