Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania -- Bayer's EcoCommercial Building (ECB) network helps members incorporate new materials and equipment into the construction process to build cleaner, more efficient, more comfortable and more innovative buildings.
Now, this network includes Sundt Construction Inc., a general contractor with expertise in sustainable construction, particularly in the government sector.
Almost all of Sundt's current vertical or building projects are LEED Silver or Gold certified, demonstrating the company's commitment to sustainable construction methods (LEED is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a certification of the US Green Building Council).
Bayer said ECB provides a means to take Sundt to the next level, integrating the best technologies to reduce the environmental impact of buildings and to save money over their lifecycles.
"This membership furthers our philosophy by extending our reach," said Kraig Hill, senior project manager of Sundt Construction, in a BMS statement. "We will now ally with material suppliers at the manufacturing level, improving our knowledge of sustainable construction, which we will pass on to our owners."
For ECB, the relationship with Sundt will help it implement a fast and effective expansion into emerging markets and geographies. As a result, the network's breadth and expertise grows to accommodate a wider variety of organisations and a grander scope to its capabilities in net-zero-building impact.
"Sundt brings a number of opportunities in the commercial, hospital and healthcare markets - and a series of LEED project experiences that will significantly expand our presence in North America," commented Paul Platte, head of ECB, North America.
"We normally only work with contractors, engineers and architects," said Hill. "Working with different types of companies with different perspectives will broaden our own."
EcoCommercial Building by Bayer MaterialScience enables building decision makers (such as architects, project developers and construction companies, property developers and real estate portfolio managers from large companies and organisations, such as supermarket or fast food chains, hospitals, etc.) to implement sustainable building projects.
The ECB concept - a novelty in the construction industry to date - is to provide integrated material, strategy and implementation solutions through a global interdisciplinary network of competent members with local expertise.