Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Bayer MaterialScience advocated a more "holistic" and "collaborative" approach to energy management and building design, in a panel discussion at a National Press Club Newsmakers Committee, held 5 Jan in Washington, DC.
Part of a distinguished panel of speakers, Paul Platte, head of the BMS EcoCommercial Building Programme, NAFTA, highlighted the need to meet sustainable building solutions, and urged suppliers, academia and government to work together collaboratively.
During his presentation, Platte outlines the "Six Es" of sustainable building solutions: energy savings, environmentally friendly materials, emission-reducing materials, efficiency in application, ecology and economics.
The company also highlighted some of its materials designed for sustainable design and construction, including:
• Sealing systems based on BMS polyurethane raw materials for flat roofs;
• Spray or rigid polyurethane foam for indoor and outdoor thermal insulation of roofs, walls and floors;
• BMS thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) encapsulant film for the embedding of solar cells into photovoltaic modules to harvest solar energy.
"Taken all together, we call this holistic collaborative approach to materials and component solutions Bayer MaterialScience's EcoCommercial Building (ECB) Programme," Platte said.
The ECB programme currently has three projects underway - a children's daycare centre for employees of Bayer CropScience in Germany, a Bayer administration building in Belgium, and an office building under construction in India - the statement added.
The panel included Richard Kidd, program manager, Federal Energy Management Program, US Department of Energy; Gregory Reed, associate professor and director of the Power and Energy Initiative, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh; Paul Cody, vice president and general manager, Electrical Service and Systems Division, Eaton Corp. (RD)