Leverkusen, Germany - Bayer MaterialScience's zero-emission EcoCommercial building project in Greater Noida, India, is beginning to take shape, the company said recently. The project uses polyurethane insulation to minimise building requirements and lower greenhouse gas emissions.
The project in Greater Noida will house 40 employees in the future, benefiting from polyurethane thermal insulation in combination with sealant materials to give the building an air-tight shell that keeps the warm and humid air out, Bayer said.
The structure heats up over the course of the day and then emits this heat inside at night, which eliminates the need for heating. The company claims conventional buildings in India require about twelve times this amount of energy. Calculations show that the additional "environmental investment" required by buildings like this one will pay off in less than ten years, Bayer added.
Bayer estimates that buildings are responsible for 18 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. As part of its climate programme, the company intends to invest around Euro 1000 million ($1325 million) in R&D into improving climate protection up to 2010. By undertaking initiatives such as the zero-emission house, Bayer aims to match architecture with local climate requirements that can be applied to different regions around the world, the company said.
"The key to success is an architecture designed with the local climatic conditions in mind and efficient use of state-of-the-art materials," said Peter Neuwald, head of Industry Innovation at Bayer, at a lecture at UTECH Europe 2009. (RD)