BASF joins DOE to present the Second Annual BASF Builders Challenge Awards at the 2010 International Builders Show

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Ceremony to honor five builders for excellence in high- performance, energy-efficient homebuilding

BASF has long supported the advancement of high-performance building technologies, and we are pleased to honor those builders who are leading the industry towards a more sustainable future

BASF today announced that it will join the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to honor five U.S. builders for their exceptional achievements in high-performance building at the Second Annual BASF Builders Challenge Awards on Jan. 19 at 4 pm at BASF booth C2015 during the 2010 International Builders Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Led by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Builders Challenge is working with homebuilders across America toward the ultimate goal of providing cost-effective, net-zero energy homes for all Americans.

“BASF has long supported the advancement of high-performance building technologies, and we are pleased to honor those builders who are leading the industry towards a more sustainable future,” said Jack Armstrong, Leader Construction Markets - North America for BASF.

Awardees include David Weekley Homes (Texas) for qualifying the most homes (280), Artistic Homes (New Mexico), Ecofutures Building, Inc. (Colorado), Tim O’Brien Homes, Inc. (Wisconsin), and Yavapai College (Arizona).

To qualify for the Builders Challenge, homes must rate 70 or better on the EnergySmart Home ScaleSM (E-Scale), a DOE tool that allows homebuyers to evaluate the energy efficiency of a particular home. Homes that achieve this score use at least 30 percent less energy than a typical new home built to code. Winners must also satisfy the Builders Challenge Quality Criteria - safety, health and quality standards - established by more than a decade of research by the Building America Program.

DOE has qualified more than 1,850 homes as part of the Builders Challenge. The estimated 1.3 million homes built by 2030 under this initiative will save an estimated $1.7 billion in energy costs, while also providing the highest quality homes available in the market. More information about the Builders Challenge program is available at http://www.buildingamerica.gov/challenge.

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 15,000 employees in North America, and had sales of approximately $17.5 billion in 2008. 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 and performance products to agricultural products, fine chemicals and oil and gas. As a reliable partner, BASF helps its customers in virtually all industries to be more successful. With its high-value products and intelligent solutions, BASF plays an important role in finding answers to global challenges such as climate protection, energy efficiency, nutrition and mobility. BASF posted sales of more than €62 billion in 2008 and had approximately 97,000 employees as of the end of the year. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at http://www.basf.com.

EnergySmart Home Scale is a registered servicemark of the Department of Energy

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