By Nick Gilbert
Bayer MaterialScience is leading a global network of experts in a pilot building rehabilitation project in Bottrop, Germany.
After completion, the building is expected to produce surplus of energy. Bayer is providing high-performance insulation solutions based on polyurethane for the program.
The building rehabilitation project is a part of the InnovationCity Bottrop initiative that aims to demonstrate the extent of possibility of rehabilitating existing buildings for improving their energy efficiency. Bottrop is being converted to serve as a model town for climate protection. An older commercial building is being modernized under by the EcoCommercial Building Program (ECB). Bayer MaterialScience and the ECB are providing construction materials and planning services at friendly conditions to the building owner.
The EcoCommercial Building program is a global initiative which forms part of the Bayer Climate Program. It provides material solutions and services for developing cost-effective and energy-efficient buildings. Expert belonging to many fields are part of the network and they provide solutions to construction managers, project managers, developers, architects and other important persons in the construction industry in order to create buildings with more sustainable standards.
The ECB future building in Bottrop was built in 1963. As part of the modernization, the program aims to cut down approximately 75% of its power consumption by using insulating materials, efficient lighting and energy-efficient windows. Geothermal energy heating and photovoltaic installations are also being considered. Surplus energy is expected to be generated, which will be fed to the grid.