The construction industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity is driven by an increased focus on environmental sustainability and workplace safety, and growing importance of technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and robotics. In the last three years alone, there have been over 425,000 patents filed and granted in the construction industry, according to GlobalData’s report on environmental sustainability in construction: wall surface temperature controls. Buy the report here.

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However, not all innovations are equal and nor do they follow a constant upward trend. Instead, their evolution takes the form of an S-shaped curve that reflects their typical lifecycle from early emergence to accelerating adoption, before finally stabilizing and reaching maturity.

Identifying where a particular innovation is on this journey, especially those that are in the emerging and accelerating stages, is essential for understanding their current level of adoption and the likely future trajectory and impact they will have.

80+ innovations will shape the construction industry

According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which plots the S-curve for the construction industry using innovation intensity models built on over 232,000 patents, there are 80+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Within the emerging innovation stage, self-healing concrete, atmospheric water harvesting, and recycled concrete fillers are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. Vacuum insulated glazing (VIG), eco-friendly HVACs and recycled waste-based cements are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among maturing innovation areas is wall surface temperature controls, which is now well established in the industry.

Innovation S-curve for environmental sustainability in the construction industry

Wall surface temperature controls is a key innovation area in environmental sustainability

Wall surface temperature controls are used to regulate and maintain wall surface temperatures. The various devices and controls ensure that the wall surfaces remain at the desired temperature, providing comfort and energy efficiency.

GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 60 companies, spanning technology vendors, established construction companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of wall surface temperature controls.

Key players in wall surface temperature controls – a disruptive innovation in the construction industry

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of applications identified for each patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.  

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of countries each patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.

Patent volumes related to wall surface temperature controls

Company Total patents (2021 - 2023) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Progress Profiles 60 Unlock Company Profile
REHAU Automotive 44 Unlock Company Profile
Genuit Group 20 Unlock Company Profile
Viega 19 Unlock Company Profile
Kingspan Group 17 Unlock Company Profile
LG 13 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Electric 11 Unlock Company Profile
Gerflor 8 Unlock Company Profile
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Forderung der Angewandten Forschung 8 Unlock Company Profile
Royal BAM Group 8 Unlock Company Profile
Sto 7 Unlock Company Profile
Wacker Neuson 6 Unlock Company Profile
FRITZ EGGER 6 Unlock Company Profile
Daikin Industries 6 Unlock Company Profile
MP Global Products 6 Unlock Company Profile
Uzin Utz 6 Unlock Company Profile
Sumitomo 6 Unlock Company Profile
Laing O'Rourke 6 Unlock Company Profile
Viega Technology 6 Unlock Company Profile
Frasers Group 6 Unlock Company Profile
Kolon Global 5 Unlock Company Profile
Aluminium Bahrain BSC 5 Unlock Company Profile
Veev Group 5 Unlock Company Profile
Masco 4 Unlock Company Profile
Mohawk Industries 3 Unlock Company Profile
Vinci 3 Unlock Company Profile
Roth Werke 3 Unlock Company Profile
nVent Electric 3 Unlock Company Profile
Country Garden 3 Unlock Company Profile
Selvaag Gruppen 3 Unlock Company Profile
Otto Fuchs 2 Unlock Company Profile
Lotte Chemical 2 Unlock Company Profile
Gebr Knauf 2 Unlock Company Profile
Hall Labs 2 Unlock Company Profile
Resideo Technologies 2 Unlock Company Profile
Astra Capital 2 Unlock Company Profile
Lindner Group 2 Unlock Company Profile
KP1 2 Unlock Company Profile
Zhejiang Yasha Decoration 2 Unlock Company Profile
State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council 2 Unlock Company Profile
Investment AB Latour 2 Unlock Company Profile
Pentair 2 Unlock Company Profile
Bouygues 2 Unlock Company Profile
Ileos 1 Unlock Company Profile
Shanghai Construction Group 1 Unlock Company Profile
Samsung C&T 1 Unlock Company Profile
Schneider Electric 1 Unlock Company Profile
Uponor 1 Unlock Company Profile
Unit 1 Unlock Company Profile
DL 1 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Progress Profiles is a leading patent filer in the area of wall surface temperature controls. The company produces a range of innovative systems that meet functional and aesthetic requirements in the residential or commercial buildings space. Among its products is the patented PRODESO® Heat Grip System. According to Progress Profiles, it is the first company to use constant power heating cables combined with membranes, and its thermostat interfaces with devices for programming all adjustments and settings. Other key players in this area include Genuit Group, Viega, and Kingspan Group.

In terms of application diversity, Laing O'Rourke leads the pack, while Hall Labs and Country Garden stood in the second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Progress Profiles held the top position, followed by Mitsubishi Electric and Kingspan Group.

To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the construction industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) in Construction.

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