Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Bayer MaterialScience llc is offering a 1.5-hour course designed for architects and contractors through the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System.
The course, 'Chemicals Do Good Things for Building Products, Too: How to Improve Building Sustainability and Energy Efficiency by Choosing Products that Use Advanced Materials,' examines evaluation and selection of materials that can be used for sustainable commercial building applications.
Course instructors, who are members of Bayer MaterialScience's EcoCommercial (ECB) North America Building Program team, explore a variety of high-performance materials that go into building products and their impacts on sustainability and energy conservation.
Sustainable building products including building envelope (insulation), daylighting, illumination, indoor environment quality, intelligent building and renewable energy are discussed in detail. Considering cost and performance for materials like insulation and long-term payback estimates are also examined.
The ECB programme advocates an integrated, collaborative approach to sustainable building design and construction. Member organisations provide technologies aligned with target areas that help to reduce energy costs and increase sustainability.
The network's members function independently to provide products and services for sustainable building projects, many of which involve Bayer products. Participants in the expanding ECB programme include Bostik, Deloitte Consulting llp, Eaton Corp., Graham Architectural Products, IDC Architects, Kingspan, Carnegie Mellon University, Bayer Technology Services, BaySystems and Sheffield Plastics.
BMS has four ECB showcases to demonstrate sustainable, integrated design. The latest is the ECB Conference Center, unveiled 26 May at Bayer MaterialScience's Pittsburgh campus.
The other facilities are a children's day-care centre for employees of Bayer CropScience in Germany, an operational Bayer administration building in Belgium, and an office building under construction in India.