Expanding the EcoCommercial Building program
An important component of Bayer’s climate initiative is the EcoCommercial Building (ECB) program. This involves the principle of bringing together the best materials, systems and technologies in order to construct an energy-optimized building to suit the climatic conditions at the site in question. At the heart of this is a comprehensive partnership network that brings together suppliers, building companies and architects. One of the partners is Bayer Technology Services, which contributes its expertise in sustainable construction to the ECB program. Since this is a worldwide project, ECB Centers of Excellence have been set up as points of contact in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, North America, China, Japan and Thailand.
While the EcoCommercial Building partnership project in Masdar is still at the planning stage, some of Bayer’s own buildings constructed according to this concept are already in use. The first EcoCommercial Building (ECB) was opened in Germany in November 2009 – the Bayer CropScience children’s daycare center in Monheim. This was honored with the award for “Energy-optimized building 2009” by the German Ministry of Economics. And an emissions-neutral office building, adapted to the climatic conditions of the subtropics, is currently being constructed in Greater Noida near New Delhi, India.
Another example of an energy-efficient building opened in Diegem, Belgium, in May 2009. This Bayer administrative center consumes around 40 percent less energy than comparable buildings and received the Belgian award for architecture and energy in 2009. And the zero-energy ECB Conference Center which opened at the company’s site in Pittsburgh, United States, in May 2010 also demonstrates the range of eco-friendly applications that are possible using products from Bayer MaterialScience.
Alongside the new construction projects, there is also naturally provision for monitoring the energy efficiency of all existing Bayer real estate to identify potential and improve building operation.