Bayer MaterialScience is Part of Initiative to Promote Energy-Efficient Buildings
September 7, 2010

Bayer MaterialScience is a member of a Pennsylvania State University-led consortium that will receive a five-year, $129 million grant primarily from the Department of Energy (DOE). The funding will help establish a research center, Energy Innovation Hub (Hub), focused on developing technologies to make buildings more energy efficient.
In addition to $122 million from the DOE, other federal agencies will contribute $7 million to the initiative.

According to the announcement, the grant is the largest in Penn State history and thought to be the largest ever provided to an institution in Pennsylvania. Additionally, Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell has pledged at least $30 million to the project.

The announcement notes that Bayer MaterialScience’s capabilities were embedded into the initial grant proposal. Subject to execution of the final contract, the Hub is expected to commit $2.5 million to Bayer MaterialScience to fund its role in the project. The funding will partially cover research and development into advances in technologies such as energy-efficient building envelope systems. These concepts align with the focus of Bayer’s EcoCommercial Building initiative, which was launched April 26, 2010, and advocates a holistic, collaborative approach to sustainable building design and construction.

“At Bayer MaterialScience, sustainability has always been a priority,” said Mike Gallagher, director, government services group, NAFTA, Bayer MaterialScience LLC. “So naturally we’re pleased to be involved in this important initiative. It reinforces our desire to align our public sector efforts with our long-standing sustainability focus especially as it relates to energy-efficient buildings.”

In addition to Bayer MaterialScience, PPG Industries is also a Hub member organization.

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