BASF, Professional Builder® magazine and Department of Energy to honor ten builders at the Fourth Annual BASF Builders Challenge Awards

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BASF, in partnership with Professional Builder® magazine and the Department of Energy (DOE), is set to honor 10 U.S. builders for their exceptional achievements in high-performance building at the Fourth Annual BASF Builders Challenge Awards. The ceremony will take place during the 2012 NAHB International Builders Show® (IBS) in Orlando, Florida, on Thursday, Feb. 9, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Professional Builder Show Village, located in the outdoor exhibit area.

"At BASF, we have established a goal to make sustainable construction profitable, affordable and available."

BASF, in partnership with Professional Builder® magazine and the Department of Energy (DOE), is set to honor 10 U.S. builders for their exceptional achievements in high-performance building at the Fourth Annual BASF Builders Challenge Awards. The ceremony will take place during the 2012 NAHB International Builders Show® (IBS) in Orlando, Florida, on Thursday, Feb. 9, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Professional Builder Show Village, located in the outdoor exhibit area.

“BASF is pleased to team up with the Department of Energy and Professional Builder to recognize the achievements of these builders, said Mary Poma, Manager, Market & Customer Development, Sustainable Construction, BASF. “They are proving that energy-efficient homebuilding is good business.”

“At BASF, we have established a goal to make sustainable construction profitable, affordable and available. These builders prove that it’s not only possible, it’s the key to long-lasting success,” continued Poma.

Mary Poma, along with Sam Rashkin, Chief Architect, U.S. DOE Building Technologies Program and Tony Mancini of Professional Builder magazine will deliver remarks at this year’s awards breakfast.

The DOE Building America Builders Challenge initiative is helping to change the face of home energy efficiency by recognizing high-performance homes with the EnergySmart Home ScaleSM. To qualify, homes must use at least 30 percent less energy than a typical new home built to code, and they must meet Builders Challenge Quality Criteria to ensure the highest level of comfort and quality.

Since 2008, the U.S. building industry has met the DOE’s Builders Challenge initiative with the construction of more than 10,000 high-performance, energy-efficient homes, resulting in cumulative energy cost savings of nearly $15 million and a CO2 emissions reduction of 71,412 tons.

The BASF Builders Challenge Awards were established in 2009 by BASF to pay tribute to builders who achieve significant benchmarks under the DOE Builders Challenge program. To learn more about BASF’s commitment to sustainable construction, please visit http://www.basf.us/construction.

The Builders Challenge

Spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Builders Challenge is a voluntary effort to provide compelling answers. Through the Builders Challenge, participating homebuilders will have an easy way to differentiate their best energy-performing homes from other products in the marketplace, and to make the benefits clear to buyers.

Professional Builder

For more than 74 years, Professional Builder magazine has remained dedicated to serving the needs of the nation’s home building community — builders, designers and trade partners — with award-winning content and proven, practical solutions. Each month, Professional Builder is read by 112,000 leading decision makers in the home building market, 100 percent of whom have the authority to buy or specify building materials, products, and equipment.

BASF – The Chemical Company

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has approximately 16,400 employees in North America, and had sales of $17.7 billion in 2010. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit http://www.basf.us.

BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products, and agricultural products to oil and gas. As a reliable partner, BASF creates chemistry to help 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 €63.9 billion in 2010 and had approximately 109,000 employees as of the end of the year. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at http://www.basf.com or in the Social Media Newsroom at newsroom.basf.com.

Professional Builder® is a registered trademark of SGC Horizon – Building & Construction Group

The International Builders Show® is a registered trademark of the National Association of Home Builders

EnergySmart Home ScaleSM is a service mark of the U.S. Department of Energy

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