BASF Proud Sponsor of the 2008 Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building Awards Program

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Today BASF Corporation announced its sponsorship of the 2008 Beyond GreenTM High-Performance Building Awards, hosted by the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC). The awards recognize the initiatives that shape, inform and catalyze the market for high-performance buildings, as well as the real-world applications of high-performance design and construction practices.

As market leaders in durable and energy efficient building solutions and products, we actively engage groups like SBIC that are stimulating the demand for higher performing, sustainable construction technologies

Today BASF Corporation announced its sponsorship of the 2008 Beyond GreenTM High-Performance Building Awards, hosted by the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC). The awards recognize the initiatives that shape, inform and catalyze the market for high-performance buildings, as well as the real-world applications of high-performance design and construction practices.

"As market leaders in durable and energy efficient building solutions and products, we actively engage groups like SBIC that are stimulating the demand for higher performing, sustainable construction technologies," said Jack Armstrong, Leader BASF Construction Initiative. Armstrong, also an SBIC board member, explained that the BASF portfolio includes more than 600 different products, including adhesives and sealants to asphalt and concrete modification to energy efficient building insulation, heat reflecting coatings and wall systems, to name a few of the technologies offered.

"Whether they are improving air quality, increasing energy efficiency, helping to create more durable roads and bridges, BASF products offer increased performance over the industry standard", said Armstrong. "Therefore, it makes sense BASF would support programming that encourages better construction across many industries."

"We are proud to recognize BASF as a Platinum Sponsor for the Beyond GreenTM Awards," said Sophia Greenbaum, Executive Director of SBIC. We share the common goal of promoting better performance for the buildings in which we work and live." Greenbaum points to last year's winning entries including the first LEED® Platinum museum, a New York City public library, a Pittsburgh nature conservatory, a North Carolina middle school that incorporates sustainability into its curriculum, and a variety of educational and policy initiatives.

The Beyond GreenTM Awards will be given in two categories: High-Performance Buildings (Category A) and High-Performance Initiatives (Category B). Applicants are challenged to demonstrate the successful application of the whole building approach and to show how they maintained the proper balance of the eight design objectives (accessible, aesthetic, cost-effective, functional, historic, productive, safe/secure and sustainable) that make up a high-performance building.

High-Performance Buildings entries may be commercial, government, institutional, residential, and school buildings. High-Performance Initiatives may be policy programs, educational initiatives, consumer awareness efforts, research product development and new construction processes. All application materials are available on the Council's Internet Web site (http://www.sbicouncil.org). The application deadline for the 2008 Awards program is Oct. 15, 2008. An independent, impartial jury of industry leaders will select the winning entries.

Award winners will be invited to present their projects in Washington, D.C., in January 2009, in conjunction with an awards reception on Capitol Hill. Additional recognition will include regional and national media exposure, an announcement on SBIC's Web site and in its newsletter, a plaque and inclusion in future SBIC educational programs. Winning entries will also be published on the Whole Building Design Guide (http://www.wbdg.org).

The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to unite and inspire the building industry toward higher performance--through education, outreach, advocacy and the mutual exchange of ideas. Council Membership is open to private and public organizations and individuals who share this mission. For more information about the Council, visit http://www.SBICouncil.org or call 202-628-7400.

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 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 $16.4 billion in 2007. 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 oil and gas to chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products and fine chemicals. 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 has more than 95,000 employees and posted sales of almost €58 billion in 2007. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at http://www.basf.com.

Beyond Green is a trademark of Sustainable Buildings Industry Council

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