Bayer opens emissions-neutral office building in India

Bayer has opened its first emissions-neutral office building in Asia as part of its Group-wide sustainability program. Bayer MaterialScience's new building in Greater Noida, near New Delhi, India, which draws 100 per cent of its electricity from a photovoltaic plant, needs some 50 percent less power than comparable buildings in the region.

It is a further reference project for Bayer's EcoCommercial Building (ECB) program, a specialist global network for sustainable construction.

The new office building is located in the industrial region of New Delhi's Greater Noida area. It is approximately 1,000 square meters in size and can accommodate around 40 work stations. It also serves as a model for customers of a sustainable, climate-friendly building solution.

Taken over the year as a whole, the building is CO2-neutral. In other words, energy consumption for heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting is covered in full by renewable energy.

A photovoltaic system on the roof generates some 120,000 kilowatt hours of renewable electricity each year. That is equivalent to a reduction of approximately 108,000 kilograms of CO2 emissions.

The two-story, cube-shaped building was designed using extensive computer simulations and was adapted effectively to suit the local sub-tropical climate. The building is aligned according to the path of the Sun. The walls, roof and floors are insulated with polyisocyanurate (PIR) rigid foam to keep the heat out.