Pittsburgh, PA, March 11, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- Sustainable building and construction continues to build momentum. The latest boost came in early February, when President Barack Obama unveiled his Better Building Initiative, a plan to dramatically improve the energy efficiency of America’s businesses over the next decade. Likewise, the momentum surrounding Bayer MaterialScience LLC’s EcoCommercial Building (ECB) Network continues to grow, with the addition of specialty alliances with PJ Dick Incorporated and Burns & Scalo Roofing.
“President Obama’s recent speech at Penn State University made clear the need to make buildings more energy efficient. His call to innovate is in step with the goals of the ECB Network and validates the progressive model upon which the network is based,” said Paul Platte, head, EcoCommercial Building Program, North America (NA), Bayer MaterialScience LLC. “With this in mind, we are particularly excited by the addition of PJ Dick Incorporated and Burns & Scalo Roofing. By establishing alliance relationships with a professional contracting company and roof/envelope solution provider, we are able to provide an even broader range of energy efficient building expertise to the sustainable building market.”
With proficiency spanning a multitude of market sectors, PJ Dick offers leadership in general contracting, preconstruction, agency construction management, and construction management at risk and design-build services. PJ Dick also is committed to sustainability, both internally and externally.
“Our commitment to sustainability allows us to build green, functional design into the construction process in order to reduce impacts to the environment, while maximizing project benefits throughout the community,” said Cliff Rowe, chief executive officer, PJ Dick. Rowe adds that the company works to meet the evolving demand and requirements of sustainable design and construction.
Burns & Scalo, a roofing and building-envelope specialist based in Pittsburgh, also shares a commitment to sustainability by providing customers with a full-array of energy saving and environmentally friendly construction services designed to keep buildings air and water tight. “From the foundation to the rooftop, we help maximize a building’s environmental efficiency by constructing and installing sheetmetal wall systems, skylights, sun shades, foundation waterproofing, vegetative green roofing, commercial roof systems, as well as solar energy systems,” according to Jack Scalo, President, Burns & Scalo. Scalo added, “It is important to our company to stay in front of changing regulations and revolutionize the industry with new construction technologies. Our involvement with Bayer’s ECB Network positions us at the forefront of the sustainable building industry.”
Bayer MaterialScience LLC’s ECB NA program advocates an integrated, collaborative approach to sustainable building design and technologies. Network member organizations provide products and services aligned with seven building solution areas (Building Envelope Insulation; Daylighting; Illumination; Indoor Environmental Quality; Sustainable Energy; Intelligent Building; and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) that help to increase sustainability and reduce energy costs. The network’s members and alliances function independently to provide products and services for sustainable building projects, which may or may not involve Bayer MaterialScience products.
The two new alliance companies join the existing members of the ECB NA Network, including industrial adhesives and sealants manufacturer, Bostik; professional services firm, Deloitte LLP; electrical solutions leader, Eaton Corporation; window manufacturer, Graham Architectural Products; architectural design firm, IDC Architects; thermal-insulated panel manufacturer, Kingspan; and engineering services provider, Bayer Technology Services. Bayer MaterialScience advanced material solutions include customized polyurethane spray foam and polyiso board insulation as well as polycarbonate sheet from Sheffield Plastics. Finally, the ECB Network’s alliance with the Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics of Carnegie Mellon University provides a strong focus on state-of-the-art sustainability practices.
Bayer MaterialScience LLC is one of the leading producers of polymers and high-performance plastics in North America and is part of the global Bayer MaterialScience business with approximately 14,300 employees at 30 production sites around the world and 2009 sales of 7.5 billion euros. The company manufactures high-tech polymer materials and develops innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction, medical, and sports and leisure industries. Sustainability is central to Bayer MaterialScience LLC’s business and is based around the key areas of innovation, product stewardship, excellence in corporate management, social responsibility and respect for the environment.