From its inception Knauf has incorporated ongoing research and development as an important part of its company. Understanding that industry and progress cannot be sustained if the planet's resources are drained in the process, Knauf seeks out new materials and methods that support long term sustainability. Knauf not only looks for environmentally viable solutions when creating and sourcing materials. Research is ongoing into creating ecologically sound structures, and with earthquakes still a problem around the world, the development of seismic resistant systems and materials. Among the patents registered to Knauf one of the most exciting has to be that for ECOSE® technology. With many uses and variants, it is set to be a big player in the construction industry.