Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania -- Bayer MaterialScience has unveiled its EcoCommercial Building Conference Center -- a net-zero-energy, zero-emissions facility at its headquarters campus in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The 800-sq.-ft (74-m2) centre, which will serve as a "showcase and education centre for sustainable building solutions," was designed and constructed by Penn State University students as a residential housing concept for the US Department of Energy's 2009 Solar Decathlon competition in Washington DC, a 26 May BMS statement said.
"The facility will showcase many innovative, sustainable building product solutions providing energy and emissions reductions … solutions that are made possible by the use of Bayer MaterialScience products and technologies," said Paul Platte, head of Bayer's EcoCommercial Building Program (ECB), NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement).
Bayer's ECB programme was launched 26 April 2010, and advocates a holistic, collaborative approach to sustainable building design and construction, the company said. Network member organisations provide products and/or services aligned with seven building solution areas (Insulation; Daylighting; Illumination; Indoor Environmental Quality; Sustainable Energy; Intelligent Building; and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) that help to increase sustainability and reduce energy costs, the statement added.
To date, Bayer MaterialScience currently has four EcoCommercial Building showcase projects. In addition to the Conference Center in Pittsburgh, the other facilities are an operational 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.
BMS has incorporated a range of PU systems in ECB projects, including PU sealing systems based on BMS polyurethane raw materials for flat roofs; SPF foam for indoor and outdoor thermal insulation of roofs, walls and floors, and; thermoplastic polyurethane encapsulant film for the embedding of solar cells into photovoltaic modules to harvest solar energy. (RD)
PIC: Paul Platte, head of Bayer's EcoCommercial Building Program, NAFTA."