Green Building Design A Bayer Focus

Bayer Corporation’s world headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is about to undergo a major renovation. The goal? To create the “Workspace of the Future.”

At the heart of this $17 million re-haul are two concepts: sustainability and Bayer MaterialScience products. The building’s focus on the former is expected to garner  LEED-CI (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – Commercial Interior) gold-level certification; its focus on the latter will turn the company’s headquarters into a showcase for products making use of its subsidiary’s high-tech proprietary materials.

image via Bayer

To wit: Bayer invented a little something called polycarbonate, a synthetic thermoplastic resin currently used in a wide range of applications. Bayer MaterialScience’s Makrolon MAK clear polycarbonate will be used at all workstations, which will allow natural light to filter throughout the workplace.

The building’s LED light fixture lenses will also be made from this material, as will architectural panels in the building’s lobby displaying the company’s logo.

Energy Star-rated heating and cooling systems will be incorporated into the building’s design, as will low-flow plumbing (expected to reduce water usage by 20 to 40 percent) and energy-efficient windows that incorporate glass-reinforced polyurethane technology using unique polyurethane resin supplied by–you guessed it–Bayer MaterialScience.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.