Tomorrow night, Dr. Tilo Horstmann, Director of Cross Business Development at BASF will be giving a talk called The Near Zero Energy Home -The “Better Home Better Planet Initiative” at Columbia University as part of Columbia’s Seminar Series on Environmental Policy. Admission is free and open to the public.
BASF has constructed a near-zero energy consumption home in Patterson, NJ, as a demonstration project for the future of green building. Completed in April 2006, this house was selected to serve as a pilot test for the newly revised LEED for Homes rating system, and earlier this year it was awarded LEED Platinum rating, the highest rating possible.
Integrating a number of BASF technologies, the near-zero energy home has been able to achieve 80% efficiencies over an average home, and not only saves energy but contributes energy as well.
Technologies used in the building include:
- – Insulated Concrete Forms (using BASF’s Styropor® insulating foam) for increased structural stability and insulation (allowing for reduction of the HVAC system
- – ZERODRAFT® insulating foam sealants, reducing unwanted air loss to near zero
- – Energy Star approved Low-Emmissivity glass windows
- – ULTRA-Cool® coated metal roof for increasing reflectivity of the roof to reduce solar gain (and minimize construction impact by using recycled metal for 50% of the product)
- – Ovonic Solar photovoltaic laminates that can stick to metal roofing, to provide 2.5 kW of solar power
- – Dawn Solar Model 3004L building integrated solar thermal system to heat hot water for the building
- – radiant floor heating system
- – Gridpoint, an intelligent energy management appliance
The building will not only serve as a demonstration of BASF’s green design products – it will also serve as a template for the construction of 3,000 units of affordable housing in Patterson, NJ.
Last summer, the building was open for tours, but has since been donated to the St. Michael’s Housing Corporation and is now occupied by a family.
Photo from BASF
Posted by: Dahlia