Ludwigshafen, Germany - BASF, a member of the World Green Building Council (WGBC) sponsored World Green Building Night, 18 June, in Stuttgart, Germany, at the launch of the World Green Building Congress and Consense 2012, an international trade fair for sustainable building, investment, operations and maintenance.
"In 2050, nine billion people will live on this planet and three- quarters of the population will live in cities. The increasing urbanisation to occur will require new concepts for housing and construction," said Dr Tilman Krauch, president of BASF's Construction Chemicals division.
"Sustainability is therefore a crucial issue for our future. Chemistry plays an important role in designing innovations for sustainable construction. And through good chemistry, BASF is better connected with industry stakeholders to transform the construction industry towards sustainability."
BASF said housing and construction account for about 40 percent of global energy consumption and 30 percent of global CO2 emissions, and notes that this burden "can be significantly reduced by increasing the energy efficiency of buildings."
BASF says it is working to improve the energy performance of homes and buildings. "In 2011, around 280 million tons of CO2 emissions from buildings could have been avoided through the use of BASF's construction solutions," the company added.
Among the BASF solutions presented at Consense 2012 is the "Life Cycle Analyser." This life cycle assessment tool developed for Europe is designed to measure and improve the sustainability performance of concrete solutions. Using the software, concrete producers can optimise the environmental fingerprint of concrete versus costs, while contractors can deliver ready-to-use input data for green building rating schemes.