Near-Zero Energy Home in Paterson, New Jersey has earned the definitive credential
in the green building industry -- a Platinum score from the U.S. Green Building
Council's LEED®-H rating system, making it the first single family residence
on the east coast of the U.S. and second in the country to earn this prestigious
In late 2005, the BASF Near-Zero Energy Home was selected to participate in
a stringent peer review as part of the US Green Building Council's Leadership
in Environmental Design for Homes (USGBC LEED-H) pilot program launched that
same year to promote the design and construction of high-performance, green
"Transforming the residential market to green building is critical to
our efforts to halt global climate change," said Rick Fedrizzi, President,
CEO and Founding Chairman, USGBC. "By earning LEED Platinum certification
for the Near-Zero Energy Home, BASF is having an immediate, measurable impact
on energy use and CO2 emissions--not to mention providing a family with a healthy,
comfortable home. BASF's Leadership in achieving LEED Platinum certification
sends a powerful message to the marketplace, and will help accelerate the adoption
of green homebuilding nationwide."
Jack Armstrong, Manager of Construction Industry Sector for BASF, explained,
"We participated in the LEED-H pilot to shed light on BASF chemistry as
the enabling technology for zero-energy and high-performance homes." He
cited BASF's expandable polystyrene, polyurethane foam sealants, and cool metal
roof coatings as the BASF ingredients that optimize the home's performance.
Independent analysis conducted over the second half of 2006 provided measurement
of the home's performance in several areas including indoor-environmental quality,
energy efficiency and overall environmental impact.
The key finding: The BASF Near-Zero Energy Home is 80% more energy efficient
than the average home. Another central feature of the home is that not only
does it save energy, with the integration of solar energy, it produces energy,
as well. "There are many days that the electrical meter moves in reverse
allowing the homeowner to sell the excess energy back to the utility company,"
Armstrong stated. "In this way the project represents a carbon-neutral
model for residential housing nationwide."
Touting other benefits, Armstrong added, "The BASF Near-Zero Energy Home
also delivers increased durability, affordability, ease of construction and
improvements in indoor environmental health and comfort."
In the first quarter of 2007, the home will be donated to St. Michael's Housing
Authority and then turned over to a family with a teenage boy who is living
with quadriplegic paralysis. As such, the home was designed to incorporate elements
of universal design, demonstrating BASF's commitment to providing real-life
solutions for people with diverse needs.
Other awards for the Near Zero Energy Home include The New Jersey Clean Energy
Award, the (New Jersey) Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence, and the
2006 Leadership in Responsible Land Use award from the Urban Land Institute.
In addition, the home was certified by the Institute for Business and Home Safety
as the first home in New Jersey to receive the Fortified
for Safer Living®