Leverkusen/Abu Dhabi -- Bayer MaterialScience has joined with Masdar, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Mubadala Development Company, to form a "strategic partnership agreement in sustainable construction," a 26 Jan BMS statement said.
The new agreement, the statement said, is focused on developing the BMS EcoCommercial Building (ECB) Programme through the proposed construction of an EcoCommercial Building prototype in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi. BaySystems Pearl, a BMS polyurethane systems house joint venture, said in November that it was already supplying PU systems to the Masdar City project.
The Masdar City ECB prototype is intended to be a model for energy efficiency and economic construction for a subtropical climate. The building is also intended to house the Middle East EcoCommercial Building Programme organisation from BMS and serve as a interactive communication, exhibition and communication platform for stakeholders with an interest in eco-commercial construction, the statement said.
"Buildings are responsible for more than 40 percent of global energy use and one third of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Clearly, there is a need to address this on a larger scale," said Patrick Thomas, ceo of Bayer MaterialScience. "The chemical industry offers real solutions for sustainable construction -- Masdar city is a perfect example. Today's agreement is testament to Bayer's commitment to climate protection and to reducing the environmental impact of construction," he added. (RD)
PIC: Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, ceo of Masdar, and Peter Vanacker, head of BMS's polyurethanes business, at the World Future Energy Summit.