List of building materials

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

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

Some building materials like cold rolled steel framing are considered modern methods of construction, over the traditionally slower methods like blockwork and timber. Many building materials have a variety of uses, therefore it is always a good idea to consult the manufacturer to check if a product is best suited to your requirements.


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

Material (articles) refer to: Category
Cold rolled steel framing Steel frames
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[edit]

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

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