Bayer MaterialScience LLC, a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and Pittsburgh Green Building Alliance, is seeking network member organizations that can provide products and/or services for the program’s seven building solution areas that help to increase sustainability and reduce energy costs:
• Indoor Environment Quality
• Sustainable Energy
• Intelligent Building
• Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
By working collaboratively, the EcoCommercial Building network will be able to address energy savings, environmentally friendly materials, emission-reducing materials, efficiency in application, ecology and economics – what Bayer MaterialScience considers to be the “Six Es” of sustainable building solutions.
The NAFTA program is part of Bayer MaterialScience’s global EcoCommercial Building initiative. To showcase the viability of the program, Bayer MaterialScience has four EcoCommercial Building projects – an operational children’s day care center for employees of Bayer CropScience in Germany, an operational Bayer administration building in Belgium, an office building under construction in India, and a conference center on the U.S. headquarters campus in Pittsburgh. The conference center will be part of an open house, systems demonstration event that will take place on May 26. There are two other planned North America EcoCommercial Building projects that will be unveiled in upcoming weeks and months.
Bayer MaterialScience products utilized in sustainable building design and construction solutions include:
• Solid and multi-wall architectural sheets of polycarbonate for glazing, sky lights and façade cladding which enable daylighting with reduced energy usage and aid visual comfort.
• Sealing systems, based on Bayer MaterialScience’s polyurethane raw materials, for sealing flat roofs to produce a seamless, highly root-resistant protective layer that also aids energy savings by significantly reducing drafts.
• LED lighting systems that can illuminate while reducing electricity consumption and heat loads are enhanced by the company’s polycarbonates when used in LED lenses and lamp housings providing the lighting system excellent service life in all types of conditions.
• Coating systems based on Bayer MaterialScience’s raw materials that are characterized by high resistance to aging and low maintenance costs while doing so with low solvent or waterborne formulations.
• Spray or rigid polyurethane foam from Bayer MaterialScience is used for indoor and outdoor thermal insulation of roofs, walls and floors. The energy saved, over the life of a building, through the use of polyurethane insulation foam can yield a better than 70-to-1 return on the energy needed to produce the foam raw materials.
• Photovoltaic modules are used to harvest solar energy. The company’s TPU encapsulant film enables efficient embedding of solar cells into the film to yield high-quality photovoltaic modules. Also, polyurethane in combination with pultrusion technology enables a light-weight, modular framing system aiding installation of building integrated photovoltaic elements onto the roof.
Filed Under: Energy management + harvesting, Green engineering, Materials • advanced