DOE names Dow to lead research team for energy efficient retrofit solutions

Midland, Mich., July 29, 2010 – The U.S. Department of Energy selected Dow Building and Construction, a business group within Dow’s Advanced Materials Division, to lead a multi-year project that will combine research and residential in-home testing to develop enhanced home energy efficiency retrofit solutions and best practices.

Dow will work in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, as well as Michigan State University and Ferris State University, with select contributions from Duke Energy, DTE Energy Corp. and Exelon Corp.

Of the 15 research and deployment partnerships named by the DOE, Dow was the only private sector manufacturer asked to lead a research, development and deployment team.

“Today, we know how to build a very energy-efficient new home, but there are still 76 million homes in America that were built prior to modern energy codes,” said Carol Eicher, business group vice president, Dow Building and Construction. “It is critical to establish new product solutions and application practices for retrofitting these homes, and what better partner than Habitat for Humanity, which is committed to making home ownership affordable and serves as a benchmark in this industry.”

“Dow approached Habitat for Humanity 27 years ago with ideas about working together and thus became our first corporate sponsor,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “Since then, Dow has worked with Habitat organizations worldwide to help us create energy-efficient homes. We are delighted to be part of this program that will help low-income families make changes to existing homes so they, too, can realize reduced energy costs.”

The DOE retrofit project is part of a broader effort to reduce both energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, and establish national guidelines and standards for retrofit methods, materials and practices.

Dow supports the DOE initiative and also views home energy efficiency retrofits as an important source of job creation for the nation’s construction industry.

 

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