Dow Corning Receives $1.2 million from U.S.
Department of Energy to Improve Energy Efficiency in Commercial
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
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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