Bayer used to be a household name for Aspirin, but now the multinational corporation will be known for developing the first building in the world to receive as many as 64 out of 69 possible points from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. With help from local architecture firm Sankalpan, Bayer MaterialScience developed a 10,000 square foot zero-energy office building just outside of New Delhi that meets the standards of their own pioneering EcoCommercial Build Program.

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Bayer MaterialScience received the maximum amount of points possible for water efficiency, indoor environmental quality and innovation and design, and only missed five points overall after a year of operations. No other building in the world has performed this well. But how did they pull this off, particularly in a country as swelteringly hot as India?

In addition to a massive photovoltaic panel array that generates more energy than the building requires, the designers equipped the building with groundbreaking sun protection materials and then developed a polyurethane-based insulation material that slashes electricity consumption by 70%.

“The Platinum Award is a clear indication that the concept of ecologically sustainable building can be achieved with the right materials, regardless of whether in the developed world or in an emerging market,” said Thomas Roemer, Head of the Construction & Building industry platform at Bayer MaterialScience. “We hope that we can motivate builders and developers to engage more strongly in sustainable building.”

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