BASF, The Chemical Company, Presents Green Demonstration Home in Paterson, NJ

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BASF announced that its green demonstration home, The BASF Better Home Better Planet: Near Zero Energy Home-Paterson, N.J., has been selected by the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) pilot testing for the recently launched Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Homes (LEED-H) rating system.

BASF announced that its green demonstration home, The BASF Better Home Better Planet: Near Zero Energy Home-Paterson, N.J., has been selected by the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) pilot testing for the recently launched Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Homes (LEED-H) rating system.

According the USGBC, LEED-H is being developed with input from local and national stakeholder groups. It is a voluntary initiative promoting the transformation of the mainstream home building industry towards more sustainable practices. It will provide a much-needed tool for homebuilders, homeowners and local governments for building environmentally sound, healthy and resource-efficient places to live.

Only twelve demonstration homes across the U.S. have been selected to undergo rigorous examination in the following areas: ENERGY STAR® Labeled Home; Durability Plan; Waste Management Plan; Site Protections; Owners Manual; and Health and Safety Measures.

To achieve an expected LEED-H Gold Rating, BASF is currently working with a host of partners, including the Building America team at Steve Winter Associates through a Department of Housing and Urban Development PATH (Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing) grant; Christner Group, a green building solution provider; Environmental Services Management Group; EAM, Energy Star Partners; and McGrann Associates, the LEED–H provider for the region.

BASF, along with more than fifty of its customers, is producing the Near Zero Energy Home-Paterson, N.J., as part of the BASF Better Home, Better Planet Initiative to exemplify how the company’s chemistry helps further sustainable building practices.

This educational housing project will incorporate Zero-Energy housing concepts from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, be designed to achieve a 93 HERS Energy Star score and, with the inclusion of solar panels, support New Jersey's Solar Initiative Program.

The Better Home Better Planet: Near Zero Energy Home-Paterson, N.J., is set to open in early 2006 and will be the site for a number of seminars and tours to provide green design solutions for building healthy, energy-efficient, high-performance and economical homes to architects, builders, government officials, homeowners, realtors, financial institutions and other interested parties.

Once the construction and demonstration phases are completed at year-end, the Paterson home will be donated to St. Michael’s Housing Corporation. This organization will then turn over the home to a local family with a quadriplegic boy to occupy. The project showcases elements of universal design to accommodate the family’s special needs.

BASF Better Home, Better Planet: Near Zero Energy Home-Paterson, N.J., strategic partners include: Chrisner Group; City of Paterson; Environmental Design + Construction magazine; GRAD Associates; Green Ideas; Insulspan; KBI Contractors; MBDC; Monotech; New Jersey Energy Star Program; Polysteel; St. Michael Housing Authority; Steven Winter and Associates; Sustainable Buildings Industry Council; New Jersey Chapter of the USGBC; U.S. Housing and Urban Development’s PATH Program; and the U.S. Department of Energy.

BASF – The Chemical Company. We don’t make a lot of the products you buy. We make a lot of the products you buy better.®

BASF Corporation, headquartered in New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF AG, Ludwigshafen, Germany. Rated in FORTUNE magazine as America’s Most Admired Chemical Company, we employ about 10,000 people in North America and had sales of approximately $11 billion in 2004. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, or to sign up to receive news releases by e-mail, visit http://www.basf.com/usa.

BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products and fine chemicals to crude oil and natural gas. As a reliable partner to virtually all industries, BASF’s intelligent solutions and high-value products help its customers to be more successful. BASF develops new technologies and uses them to open up additional market opportunities. It combines economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, thus contributing to a better future. In 2004, BASF had approximately 82,000 employees and posted sales of more than $50 billion. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA), New York (BF) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at http://www.basf.com.

For more information, contact:

David A. Elliott

BASF

Tel: (734) 324-6148

Mary MacLeod

Maverick Marketing

Tel: (207) 773-0802

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