Leverkusen, Germany - - A global network of experts for sustainable building under the leadership of Bayer MaterialScience is supporting an unusual building rehabilitation project in Germany.
This programme, called EcoCommercial Building (ECB) is helping to modernise an older commercial building in a pioneering demonstration project as part of the conversion of Bottrop in the Ruhr District into a model city for climate protection. Thanks to multiple coordinated measures, the building is expected to later produce more energy than it consumes.
The project, under the auspices of the InnovationCity Bottrop initiative, is intended to demonstrate just how much is possible with the rehabilitation of existing buildings for greater energy efficiency.
ECB and Bayer MaterialScience are providing the owner of the commercial building in downtown Bottrop with planning services and construction materials at favourable conditions.
The ECB future building was selected in a competition sponsored by InnovationCity .
The aim of modernising the building, built in 1963, is to reduce the energy consumption by nearly three quarters, by insulating the building envelope, using energy-efficient windows and innovative lighting and building technology.
Plans also call for a photovoltaic installation on the roof, geothermal energy and district heating to meet the greatly reduced energy demand in an environmentally friendly manner. Furthermore, the future positive-energy building is expected to generate surplus energy that will be fed into the power grid.
Partners in the ECB programme will contribute their respective expertise. Bayer MaterialScience is providing polyurethane-based, high-performance insulation solutions. "The key is to intelligently combine the many individual solutions for sustainable building. The ECB Program is also following this approach with the property in Bottrop," explained Dr Hermann Bach, head of Industrial Marketing & Innovation at Bayer MaterialScience's Polyurethanes Business Unit.
"The rehabilitation measures not only turn the building into an energy producer, they are also worthwhile economically," said Oliver Helmke, the Bottrop-based project developer who won the competition. "The ECB future building will also feature a pleasant indoor climate and help to enrich the urban landscape."