Dow Corning Receives $1.2 million from U.S. Department of Energy to Improve Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings
June 22, 2010

The United States Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $1.2 million to Dow Corning Corp. to develop an insulating facade system that may significantly increase the energy efficiency of commercial buildings. According to the announcement, the funding will assist Dow Corning in the development of a silicon-based high-efficiency building insulation system which could be used in retrofit and new construction applications. The insulation project is focused on achieving thermal resistance values of R-40 or greater for exterior insulation and finish systems, which would make building facades as many as eight times more energy-efficient.

"We commend Secretary Chu and the Department of Energy's commitment to reducing energy usage of U.S. buildings," says Stephanie Burns, Dow Corning chair, president and chief executive officer. "These DOE investments will help the United States take another step toward economic recovery, energy independence and a cleaner environment."

Dow Corning's energy-efficient insulation material is one of 58 projects awarded more than $76 million of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding by the DOE to support advanced energy-efficient building technology projects and the development of training programs for commercial building equipment technicians, building operators and energy auditors.

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