Leverkusen, Germany - Bayer MaterialScience, as a prominent provider of materials used in the global construction industry, is supporting a proposal by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) for a globally consistent 'Common Carbon Metric for Buildings.' BMS says this will provide a common language for measuring greenhouse gas emissions and energy efficiency of buildings.
Energy-efficient buildings can significantly contribute to reducing the risks of climate change, according to a report by UNEP SBCI (Sustainable Building and Climate Initiative), called 'Buildings and Climate Change - Summary for Decision Makers.'
The report calls for buildings to be included in any declaration on emissions reductions arising from the recent COP15 meeting in Copenhagen.
Bayer MaterialScience, as a member of the UNEP SBCI, fully supports proposals in the report, said ceo Patrick Thomas (pictured): "Having one common tool - a common language - in place will provide an internationally coherent and consistent method for measuring the climate footprint of buildings for the first time."
"Bayer MaterialScience has been involved in inventing and producing energy-efficient processes and products for the last 60 years. We fully agree with the directions being taken by UNEP SBCI and are delighted that it has included our EcoCommercial Building program in its deliberations," Thomas added, in a 14 Jan Bayer statement.
BMS has had an EcoCommercial Building initiative since 2007 as part of Bayer's Climate Program. A key element is the network that the company has built up with suppliers, construction companies, architects and property developers.
Bayer contributes expertise and high-tech products and arranges for the involvement of suitable companies from the network to help offer tailored solutions in building energy-optimised commercial and public buildings. These can range from low-energy and passive constructions to zero-emission buildings, the company said.