Pittsburgh, November 2, 2010 — According to the U.S. Department of Energy, buildings account for almost 40 percent of total energy use in the U.S. The U.S. Federal Government alone occupies nearly 500,000 buildings. These and other statistics suggest that the built environment has a far-reaching impact on the natural environment, human health and also the economy. Bayer MaterialScience’s EcoCommercial Building (ECB) Program aims to reduce that impact.
Bayer MaterialScience LLC’s North American (NA) ECB Program, launched in April 2010, is a collaborative network that brings together companies that manufacture innovative products and provide services to make energy-efficient, environmentally friendly and profitable building solutions possible.
In November, Bayer MaterialScience’s ECB team will showcase the program and its benefits at two upcoming trade shows – GOVgreen Conference and Exposition and Greenbuild International Conference and Expo.
GOVgreen – taking place November 9-10, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. – brings together government professionals and green building product and service providers. The show, produced by the Center for Environmental Innovation and Leadership (CEIL) – the only organization devoted exclusively to green government – will parallel the broad targets set by Executive Order 13514 – Energy, Conservation, Transportation and Facilities. By working with the federal government on the next generation of sustainable, net-zero energy buildings, the ECB Program is able to help Federal Agencies meet this Executive Order.
Greenbuild International Conference and Expo is being held at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, Nov. 17-19. It is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building, attracting professionals from all aspects of the building industry – architects, building owners, code officials, contractors, developers, green power providers and more.
Rudy Gorny, lead manager, EcoCommercial Building Program, North America, Bayer MaterialScience LLC, believes that by highlighting the ECB Program for the government and commercial construction industry, building decision-makers will have a new option as they strive to achieve sustainability. “This is an excellent opportunity to showcase how the ECB Program leverages the diverse expertise of our network members to help decision-makers in the sustainable building value chain select optimal environmental and economical solutions,” says Gorny.
Attendees of GOVgreen are invited to stop by Bayer’s ECB booth, #615, during the show for more information. For the Greenbuild Conference and Expo, Bayer MaterialScience will be located at booth #L1904.
Bayer MaterialScience LLC’s ECB NA program advocates an integrated, collaborative approach to sustainable building design and construction. Network member organizations provide technologies aligned with seven target areas (Building Envelope/Insulation; Daylighting; Illumination; Indoor Environment Quality; Sustainable Energy; Intelligent Building; and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) 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 MaterialScience products. Bostik, Deloitte Consulting LLP, Eaton Corporation, Graham Architectural Products, IDC Architects, Kingspan, Carnegie Mellon University, Bayer Technology Services, BaySystems and Sheffield Plastics are members of the ECB NA program.
To date, Bayer MaterialScience has four EcoCommercial Building showcase projects. The latest addition is the ECB Conference Center, officially unveiled May 26 at Bayer MaterialScience LLC’s Pittsburgh campus. The other facilities are an operational children’s day care center for employees of Bayer CropScience in Germany, an operational Bayer administration building in Belgium, and an office building under construction in India.
Bayer MaterialScience LLC is one of the leading producers of polymers and high-performance plastics in North America and is part of the global Bayer MaterialScience business with approximately 14,300 employees at 30 production sites around the world and 2009 sales of 7.5 billion euros. The company manufactures high-tech polymer materials and develops innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction, medical, and sports and leisure industries. Sustainability is central to Bayer MaterialScience LLC’s business and is based around the key areas of innovation, product stewardship, excellence in corporate management, social responsibility and respect for the environment.
Sean Kelly, Phone: 412-777-5200
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