Global network for eco-friendly buildings

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Buildings are the key to protecting the climate. They are responsible for about 40 percent of global energy consumption and more than a third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. That means there is a lot of potential for reducing them... Just the thing for Bayer MaterialScience: the company has inaugurated a global interdisciplinary parnter network to unite all facets of eco-friendly building.

Eco Commercial Building
The first Eco Commercial Building in Europe: the Bayer company kindergarden in Monheim, Germany.

There is no doubt that ‘eco-buildings’ are not a passing fad. Architects who create pioneering buildings, project developers who manage construction projects, investors and, last but not least, house owners all have one thing in common: they want innovative building solutions and services which improve the energy efficiency and environmental impact of their buildings.

There are lots of products that already exist. What matters is to combine them – for example to take cooling insulation panels made of polyurethanes and bring them together with renewable energy solutions such as photovoltaic and the know-how to erect a building according to the course of the sun.

That’s the idea behind the EcoCommercial Building (ECB) program – a unique network of different experts Bayer MaterialScience set up in 2009. 

Partners from different industries

Since then, the initiative has grown rapidly: it has expanded into numerous regions and today comprises about 50 members from different industries such as ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe, one of the world’s leading steel producers.

Bayer’s first example of an EcoCommercial Building is a climate-neutral child daycare center in Monheim, Germany. The building, the company’s own and inaugurated in November 2009, won a sustainability award  from the German government. All the energy needed for heating, ventilation, lighting and day-to-day operation is obtained from renewable sources, namely geothermal heat and sunlight.  In conjunction with an insulation concept based on polyurethane raw materials from Bayer MaterialScience, this building achieves an emission-neutral energy balance over the course of a year.

Several reference buildings

Other similar reference office buildings are in Diegem, Belgium, Pittsburgh in the United States and near New Delhi in India. Also the ECB network is present around the world. It was recently introduced in the Middle East, where an estimated 90 million more people will require a new infrastructure in the next ten years. The program also has branches in Europe, North America, Brazil, India, Thailand, Japan and China.

“We are convinced that sustainable building has enormous market potential,” says Peter Vanacker, member of the Executive Committee of Bayer MaterialScience and sponsor of the ECB program. “And all of us will benefit from it in the future.”