SOURCE: BASF Corporation

BASF Corporation

January 15, 2013 10:38 ET

BASF to Unveil BEYOND.High Performance™ Home

Innovative Chemistry and Applied Building Science Enable Affordable Construction of Net-Zero Energy Homes That Are Healthier, Safer, More Comfortable

FLORHAM PARK, NJ--(Marketwire - Jan 15, 2013) -  BASF announced today that it will debut the company's BEYOND.High Performance™ net-zero energy home at the International Builders Show (IBS), Jan. 22-24, in Las Vegas.

Homes built to the BEYOND.High Performance program requirements are 50 percent more energy efficient than a standard code-built home and reduce indoor water use by 20 percent or more. They incorporate renewable energy and occupant behavior to reach net-zero energy use.

"This program introduces a new way of thinking to sustainable construction," said Rick Davenport, Director of Sustainable Construction for BASF in North America. "The BEYOND.High Performance home focuses on the people inside the structure -- how they live and their well-being. In essence, this program unites chemistry and humanity to ensure that all individual parts of the home work together to achieve comfort, efficiency and affordability."

The net-zero energy home is a result that home builders can achieve from using the BEYOND.High Performance program offered by the Center for Building Excellence at BASF. This program provides consulting, plan reviews and other services that enable builders to construct sustainable houses affordably. This includes a wide range of metrics and features for support before, during and after the build.

The program emphasizes cost-effective techniques to reach extraordinary levels of efficiency. All homes built to the BEYOND.High Performance requirements must achieve a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index score of 50 or lower.

Innovative construction techniques include a high-performance, hybrid insulation design in the roof decking -- consisting of open-cell spray foam applied on a layer of closed-cell foam. Another unique technique is the use of fluid, spray-applied flashing on the exterior for superior air and moisture barrier performance. Other features of the BEYOND.High Performance home include use of:

  • insulated concrete forms,
  • advanced framing techniques to reduce lumber use,
  • light-emitting diode (LED) lighting, and,
  • low-flow faucets

"Right-sizing the mechanicals to select the right equipment is part of our holistic systems approach when building these homes. This approach allows the homeowner to enjoy smart technology and reduced energy use at an affordable cost," said Davenport. "Every aspect of this home, from the ground up, works as part of a system to create the most energy-efficient and sustainable environment possible."

IBS show attendees will see the BEYOND.High Performance net-zero energy home from BASF in both construction and finished phases. To schedule a special access tour of the home in Show Village, contact the BASF Center for Building Excellence at Members of the media can schedule a tour and a meeting with Rick Davenport by contacting Tim Wirtz at

For more information about this project, or to learn more about BASF's commitment to sustainable construction, visit

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Suggested caption: The BEYOND.High Performance net zero energy home from BASF will be demonstrated at IBS 2013 in both construction and finished phases.

Suggested caption: The BEYOND.High Performance net zero energy home from BASF will be demonstrated at IBS 2013 in both construction and finished phases. The phase two addition is shown here.

Suggested caption: The BEYOND.High Performance net zero energy home from BASF will be demonstrated at IBS 2013 in both construction and finished phases. The phase three addition is shown here.

BASF - The Chemical Company

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 16,000 employees in North America, and had sales of $20 billion in 2011. For more information about BASF's North American operations, visit

BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. We combine economic success, social responsibility and environmental protection. Through science and innovation we enable our customers in almost all industries to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and system solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring healthy food and nutrition and helping to improve the quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF posted sales of about EUR 73.5 billion in 2011 and had more than 111,000 employees as of the end of the year. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at

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Contact Information

  • For more information contact:
    Katharine Boyle
    BASF Corporation
    Tel: (973) 245-5931
    E-mail: Email Contact

    Tim Wirtz
    Shelton Group
    Tel: (865) 266-3930
    E-mail: Email Contact