Construction Chemistry

Who we are – What we do

Construction chemical tasks and issues arise at any time in the construction industry, in the building materials industry, in the preservation of historical monuments, and sometimes for the users of buildings. During phases of dynamic construction activity—linked with enhanced new construction— there are partially other tasks and questions that appear than in more sluggish construction phases in which building conservation is more important. Because the volume of new construction has strongly decreased more recently, we can again expect a period of extensive building conservation measures. The corresponding costs can even exceed those of new construction. Within the scope of conservation measures, construction chemistry, e.g. in the selection of suitable building materials, has gained even more importance than in new construction. The GDCh division ‘Construction Chemistry, established in 1997 and currently numbering 300 members, aims to bundle construction chemical knowledge, to contribute towards information exchange, and to spark new impulses. The division strives to improve the construction chemical knowledge of all those involved in construction but also to influence statutory and regulatory stipulations based on founded expert knowledge.

However, these diverse, but by no means complete tasks, can only be mastered when there are available personnel who are well trained in construction chemistry. This applies to chemists—more of whom are needed with qualifications in construction chemistry—to architects, civil engineers, monument conservators, as well as many more people working in construction, many who do not know enough about how to address construction chemical problems. Their missing knowledge often leads to the wrong use or wrong combination of building materials that can trigger subsequent damage and costs.

Main Work Areas

  • Work conferences that are generally held once per year. The contributions to the conference will be published in a GDCh monograph.
    Link to the list of GDCh monographs
  • Cultivation of the relationships and information exchange with related institutions and associations in Germany and abroad, 
  • Publication and support of monographs, expert journals and similar publications including the use of ‘new media’ in construction chemical fields.

Construction Chemistry Study Guide

New Edition March 2012


The existing “Construction Chemistry Study Guide” of the Construction Chemistry division was fundamentally revised  and, in the new edition of 2012, contains a current overview of the universities of all places of study that deal with the major Construction Chemistry.

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zuletzt geändert am: 13.04.2018 - 12:02 Uhr von M.Fries