06/15/2010

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BMS inaugurates EcoCommercial Building Conference Center in Pittsburgh

The 800-square-foot EcoCommercial Building Conference Center was originally designed and constructed by Penn State University students as a residential housing concept for the U.S. Department of Energy 2009 Solar Decathlon competition in Washington, DC, under the name "Natural Fusion." Bayer MaterialScience LLC made in-kind donations of raw materials to support the Penn State project, and its experts provided guidance throughout the project including initial design, prototyping, testing, and construction.
"Today's dedication and opening of the Conference Center marks an important milestone for our EcoCommercial Building programme in North America," said Paul Platte, head, EcoCommercial Building Programme, NAFTA, Bayer MaterialScience LLC. "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."
BMS's North American EcoCommercial Building Program (ECB) was launched 26 April 2010, and advocates a holistic, collaborative approach to sustainable building design and construction. 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.
"By leveraging the diverse expertise of our network members, the EcoCommercial Building programme provides the ecological and economic solutions sought by building decision makers up and down the value chain," Platte explains.
"We are delighted that just one month after launching this programme in North America, we've already built up a robust network of organisations that are contributing to the programme, and we expect to announce more members soon," Platte continued. "We believe our success so far is a strong indication of the market need for the programme's holistic approach to sustainable building."
Inaugural members of the ECB Network include professional services firm, Deloitte LLP; electrical solutions leader, Eaton Corporation; window manufacturer, Graham Architectural Products; architectural design firm, IDC Architects; Bayer Technology Services; and the Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics of Carnegie Mellon University.
The foundation for BMS's global EcoCommercial Building initiative is the Bayer Climate programme, a worldwide effort that demonstrates a commitment to sustainable development - balancing economic, ecological and social priorities while advancing "Science for a Better Life" through Bayer products and innovation efforts.
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 center for employees of Bayer CropScience in Germany, an operational Bayer administration building in Belgium, and an office building under construction in India.
Bayer has long demonstrated its commitment to the environment. As an example, Bayer AG was the first company to forge a long-term partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in the late 1990s. The partners have organised environmental projects around the world. In addition, Bayer Corporation supports UNEP's 5 June 2010, World Environment Day activities in North America.

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