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Construction materials

This is a List of building materials. Building materials are used in the construction industry to create buildings and structures.

These categories of materials and products are used by American architects and construction project managers to specify the materials and methods used for building projects.

Catalogs distributed by architectural product suppliers are typically organized into these groups.

Material (articles) refer to: Category
Compressed earth block, mud brick, rammed earth Category:Appropriate technology
Concrete Category:Concrete
Conveyor systems Category:Vertical transport devices
Composites Category:Composite materials
Thermal protection Category:Thermal protection
Moisture protection Category:Moisture protection
Doors Category:Doors
Category:Door furniture
Electrical systems and equipment Category:Electrical systems
Surface finishing Category:Wood finishing materials
Category:Wood finishing techniques
Fire suppression equipment Category:Fire suppression
Furnishings Category:Furniture
HVAC (Heating, ventilation and air conditioning) Category:HVAC
Masonry, mortar (masonry), grout Category:Masonry
Metals Category:Metals
"Openings" include Doors & Windows Category:Doors
Plastics Category:Plastics
Plumbing fixtures and equipment Category:Plumbing
Building safety Category:Safety codes
Security systems Category:Security
Specialties Category:Architectural design
Telecommunications equipment Category:Telecommunications
Wood, carpentry Category:Wood


See also: List of woods
Windows Category:Windows

Industry standards

The Construction Specifications Institute maintains the following industry standards:

  • MasterFormat – 50 standard divisions of building materials - 2004 edition (current in 2009)
  • 16 Divisions – Original 16 divisions of building materials

See also

Architecture portal


  • Building Materials: Dangerous Properties of Products in MasterFormat Divisions 7 and 9 - H. Leslie Simmons, Richard J. Lewis, Richard J. Lewis (Sr.) - Google Books
  • Building Materials - P.C. Varghese - Google Books
  • Architectural Building Materials - Salvan, George S. - Google Books
  • Durability of Building Materials and Components 8: Service Life and Asset Management - Michael A. Lacasse, Dana J. Vanier - Google Books
  • Durability of Building Materials and Components - J. M. Baker - Google Books
  • Understanding Green Building Materials - Traci Rose Rider, Stacy Glass, Jessica McNaughton - Google Books
  • Heat-Air-Moisture Transport: Measurements on Building Materials - Phālgunī Mukhopādhyāẏa, M. K. Kumaran - Google Books

External links

  • CSI's Latest information on MasterFormat
  • Online updated version of MasterFormat, where users may request changes to the standard
  • Building product directory by Arcat
  • Sweets Product Marketplace by McGraw Hill Construction
  • - Your Source of Building Products Information
  • Building product directory
  • Building Products Information by ASC Info
  • World Construction Network By WCN
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