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April 26, 2006

PATH-Sponsored BASF Home Demonstrates Affordable Green Building Practices

BASF cut the ribbon today on its Near Zero Energy Home, a PATH-sponsored prototype house in Paterson, New Jersey, that uses many of the most innovative examples of environmentally sustainable building. The house is an example of PATH's continued collaboration with leading manufacturers to create houses that are energy efficient, durable, affordable and environmentally friendly.

A pilot project of the BASF Better Home, Better Planet Initiative, the home was built out of a partnership between PATH and BASF to demonstrate how advanced industrial innovation can help build homes that are better for their residents and the environment. This high-performance home features materials and design strategies that when used together, create a structure that affordably makes optimum use of energy resources while also being able to withstand the effects of extreme weather conditions. It includes a number of PATH-profiled technologies such as structural insulated panels, insulated concrete forms, metal roofs, solar water heaters, radiant floor heating and more, many of which have been made with materials manufactured by BASF. The house has also been selected as a pilot project of the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED for Homes program.

Diane Johnson, Newark Field Director, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, spoke on behalf of PATH at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. "This home has both symbolic and concrete importance for the future of homebuilding in New Jersey," said Johnson. "It shows us that building a more energy-efficient, green home need not be significantly more expensive than the homes most builders produce today. To meet the demands of the future, a 'mainstream home' must come to mean something like the house you see here today."

The Near Zero Energy Home also follows principles of whole-house design, with each of its systems and structural components functioning together for maximum efficiency, durability, and occupant health and comfort.

Following the demonstration phase of the project, the home will be donated to St. Michael's Housing Corporation, a local nonprofit charitable organization that will then give it to a local family with special needs. To meet the family's accessibility requirements, the home features a lift between the garage and the home's main level, as well as rubber overlays outside the home to make the backyard wheelchair accessible.

BASF, one of the largest chemical companies in the world, provides architects, engineers, builders, contractors, and others in the housing and construction industry with a broad scope of materials, technical expertise, and innovative solutions to help make building products better.

For More information:
Kate Fried
(301) 588-9387

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