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ENERGY: BASF to Sponsor Green Building Conference and Exhibition 201


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South Africa’s energy shortages and soaring energy costs, together with growing concern about global warming, mean that energy efficiency has become a priority in the local construction industry.

BASF supports the drive to conserve energy, and as part of The Chemical Company’s strategic goal on ‘greening’ the South African construction landscape, BASF will once again be a major sponsor participate in this year’s Green Building Conference, hosted at Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg on 29th-30th April.

With around 800 delegates expected, the event will present the South African Construction industry with an opportunity to learn from the advancements made by leading countries in the field of sustainable construction. Local and international leaders in the ‘green’ construction movement will share their knowledge with the aim of finding sustainable and practical solutions that balance environmental concerns, functionality and reality.

Energy efficiency is the way to meet the growing energy demand and to protect the climate. This will enable South Africa to curb the increasing global energy demand and CO2 emissions significantly by 2030.

BASF -The Chemical Company bases its activities on the principles of sustainable development. With its management systems and tools for sustainability, BASF minimises the impact of its products on humankind and the environment during their entire life cycles, and creates value for BASF and its partners in business and society.

BASF invests more than a third of its research expenditures in energy efficiency, climate protection, conservation of resources and renewable raw materials. For the construction industry, the company offers its customers one of the broadest portfolios of raw materials, formulation and systems for sustainable construction. In partnership with its customers, BASF offers innovative, competent and reliable solutions for comfortable, energy efficient buildings, which are effective both in hot and cold climates and can be adapted to various architectural traditions.

With its comprehensive know-how, BASF shows institutions, planners, construction companies, investors, craftsmen and distributors that simple, cost efficient solutions can lead to more comfort, less consumption and savings in energy costs.

Furthermore BASF’s products help reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main greenhouse gas.
In Johannesburg the construction industry in South Africa will gather to learn from and share ideas with various world-renowned built environment experts and personalities at the Green Building Conference and Exhibition 2010.

Three of the key driving forces for Green Building in South Africa right now are new and unprecedented initiatives from Government, a heightened residential demand for green construction and dramatic improvements in the number and range of options of sustainable materials and products available to designers.

The South African Green Building market is tracking the growth trends in international markets and government has committed to this growth by adopting global ideals and initiating the process of legislation.

BASF is sponsoring this event to show its support and commitment to sustainable construction.

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