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BASF partners for sustainable construction at the World Green Building Congress

News International-French

18 Jun 2012

BASF representatives will exchange ideas with decision-makers and industry experts – architects, planners, investors, engineers and manufacturers – on how chemistry addresses construction trends and challenges.

“In 2050, nine billion people will live on this planet and threequarters of the population will live in cities. The increasing urbanization to occur will require new concepts for housing and construction,” said Dr. Tilman Krauch, President of BASF’s Construction Chemicals division and Head of BASF’s Global Construction Steering Committee. “Sustainability is therefore a crucial issue for our future. Chemistry plays an important role in designing innovations for sustainable construction. And through good chemistry, BASF is better connected with industry stakeholders to transform the construction industry towards sustainability.”


Housing and construction account for about 40 percent of global energy consumption and 30 percent of global CO2 emissions. This burden can be significantly reduced by increasing the energy efficiency of buildings. BASF is working to improve the energy performance of homes and buildings. In 2011, around 280 million tons of CO2 emissions from buildings could have been avoided through the use of BASF’s construction solutions. Among the BASF solutions to be presented at Consense 2012 is the “Life Cycle Analyzer.” This life cycle assessment tool developed for Europe is designed to measure and improve the sustainability performance of concrete solutions. Using the software, concrete producers can optimize the environmental fingerprint of concrete versus costs, while contractors can deliver ready-to-use input data for green building rating schemes. BASF will also showcase the latent heat storage Micronal® PCM. The phase change material consists of microscopically small capsules which are embedded in building materials such as gypsum structural panels or plaster. They allow for temperature management in the building and a stable indoor climate, thus resulting in saving energy and reducing operating costs.


BASF solutions for sustainable construction

As a leading provider of raw materials, formulations and systems to the construction industry, BASF provides economically and ecologically sound solutions that contribute to modern comfortable and sustainable housing and construction. These include products for thermal insulation, such as Neopor® Plus expandable polystyrene (EPS). Its silver-gray plastic granules provide up to 20 percent more insulation performance compared to standard EPS. When used in external thermal insulation composite systems (ETICS), Neopor Plus enables thinner panels to be used, providing greater flexibility for architects.


In addition, BASF is developing admixtures that make concrete more durable and reduces its environmental impact. These admixtures facilitate processing, for example through improved fluidity, setting and hardening properties. And they increase the strength and durability of finished concrete structures. For example, BASF’s concrete hardening accelerator X-Seed® significantly improves the energy efficiency of the production of precast concrete elements. Thus, the use of heat in the hydration process can be avoided or significantly reduced.



About BASF

BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. We combine economic success, social responsibility and environmental protection. Through science and innovation we enable our customers in almost all industries to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and system solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring healthy food and nutrition and helping to improve the quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF posted sales of about €73.5 billion in 2011 and had more than 111,000 employees as of the end of the year.


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