BASF launches consultancy service for N America construction industry

19 January 2012 15:46  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--BASF has launched a consultancy service for the North American construction industry, the Germany-based chemicals major said on Thursday.

BASF said at its “Center for Building Excellence” that an inter-disciplinary team of building science professionals, architects and energy specialists would help the construction industry build affordable structures that require less energy than conventional buildings.

“The biggest challenge to creating sustainable, high-performance buildings on a broad basis is affordability – offsetting the incremental cost associated with improved performance,” said Rick Davenport, director of sustainable construction for BASF in North America.

“Chemistry is the key to balancing that equation,” he added.

The company said previously that changes to US building codes, requiring buildings to use less energy, would improve demand for products such as insulation based on polyurethane (PU) and expandable polystyrene (EPS).

BASF did not say how much money it invested to set up the centre or how many people it would employ.

BASF’s North American business is headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey. The company has about 16,400 employees in North America.

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By: Stefan Baumgarten
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