BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION
By 2030, the UN estimates that 40% of the world’s population will lack adequate housing. In a rapidly changing and urbanizing world, the provision of adequate and affordable housing remains a key priority.
Where Science Can Help
The future of housing and shelter is dependent on innovative technologies and materials enabled by chemistry. Buildings are the largest energy-consuming sector in the world; they account for over one-third of total final energy consumption and are an equally important source of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
Dow has developed cost-effective options that can:
- Make deep cuts in that consumption and the resulting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
- Help to make new structures more resilient and last longer
- Help make new and existing structures more comfortable and healthier for occupants, while using fewer resources
DOW'S SOLUTIONS AT WORK
Dow products and technologies are addressing the challenge.
U.S. Department of Energy
Funded key lab research as part of a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement in 2011 between Dow and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to accelerate the adoption of cool roof technologies in the U.S.
Habitat for Humanity
Dow’s commitment to Habitat for Humanity spans more than 30 years and includes financial, product and volunteer contributions through a global partnership. (Dow was Habitat’s first national corporate partner in the U.S. in 1983.) Dow has helped support the construction of more than 25,000 homes – helping families live in decent, affordable housing in more than 20 countries across Africa, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America.
U.S. Department of Energy
As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot initiative, Dow was awarded a $12.8 million, 3-year grant in 2011 to fund a program to dramatically reduce the cost of building integrated (BIPV) solar products. The program’s goal is to ensure that solar power is a viable source for the nation’s power needs and economic growth, and accelerate widespread solar adoption.
Building Science Corporation
Dow collaborated with Building Science Corporation on design and construction of the Dow “Wall Assembly Research Center,” which is a state-of-the art 1,600-square-foot wall system research lab that features more than 30 interchangeable wall sections that enable Dow to test various residential and commercial wall systems.
Dow has partnered with China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP), the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development [formerly the Ministry of Construction] to help elevate China’s capabilities in managing sustainability challenges.
Cradle to Cradle Silver Certification
STYROFOAM™ Brand Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) Insulation
R&D 100 Award and Michigan Green Chemistry Governor’s Award (2012)
STYROFOAM™ XPS Insulation with Polymeric Flame Retardant Technology
2013 U.S. EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Award
EVOQUE™ Pre-Composite Polymer Technology
Dow named Partner of the Year (2008)
Magazine & Journal Awards
Top 10 Innovation for Energy, Fast Company Magazine (2014)
MIT Technology Review’s Most Disruptive Company (2013)
Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award (2012)
POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingles (2012)