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Bayer lays the foundation for its zero-emission building in India


First realization of a new climate concept for commercial buildings.

Leverkusen.– Bayer has laid the foundation for the first office building to be built in line with the new “EcoCommercial Building” concept. An administration and exhibition building for Bayer is currently being built near New Delhi in India and is scheduled for completion mid-2009. The new building is designed for zero-emissions and will consume 70 percent less electricity than other local business complexes. This innovative climate concept for commercial buildings is being developed and implemented by Bayer MaterialScience and partners.

“The construction of the first ‘EcoCommercial Building’ represents another milestone in our Bayer Climate Program,” explains Chairman of the Bayer Board of Management Werner Wenning. “This new building concept will make a vital contribution to climate protection in a key area of greenhouse gas emissions.”

According to figures published by the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, energy consumption in buildings causes almost 20 percent of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. At the end of 2007, Bayer launched an integrated Group-wide climate program to help further reduce CO2 emissions in its own production facilities and develop new solutions for protecting the climate and for dealing with climate change. The EcoCommercial Building concept is devoted to what has been a rather neglected segment in the building sector until now, namely office and industrial buildings.

Based on insulation using high-quality Bayer products and the building’s own resources for generating solar energy, the EcoCommercial Building can meet its entire energy needs itself, thereby reducing emissions by at least the amount generated by operating the building. Through the integration of other aspects, such as the glazing of the façades and special ventilation systems, the building will be adapted to the climatic conditions of the subtropics with their extreme heat and humidity.

A further highlight of the new climate concept for commercial buildings is that it can be adapted to the Earth’s various climate zones. More projects are to follow in different parts of the world. Whether it is a matter of keeping heat out, as in India, or keeping heat in, as in the northern hemisphere, the polyurethane insulating materials from Bayer display an exceedingly positive energy balance. In fact, they save more than 70 times as much energy as is needed for their production.


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