The United States Department of Energy has awarded $1.2 million to Dow Corning Corporation to develop an insulating façade system that may significantly increase the energy efficiency of commercial buildings.
The funding will assist Dow Corning in the development of a silicon-based
high-efficiency building insulation system which could be used in retro-fit and
new construction applications. The insulation project is focused on achieving
thermal resistance values of R-40 or greater for exterior insulation and finish
systems, which would make building façades as many as eight times more energy
“We commend Secretary Chu and the Department of Energy’s commitment to reducing
energy usage of U.S. buildings,” said Stephanie Burns, Dow Corning chairman,
president and CEO. “These DOE investments will help the United States
take another step towards economic recovery, energy independence and a cleaner
Dow Corning’s energy efficient insulation material is one of 58 projects
awarded more than $76 million of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding
by the DOE to support advanced energy-efficient building technology projects
and the development of training programs for commercial building equipment
technicians, building operators, and energy auditors.
“These projects will help the United States lead the world in advancing
energy-efficient technologies,” said U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu.
“Energy-efficient commercial buildings will help our country cut its carbon
emissions and energy costs while the training programs will upgrade the skills
of the current workforce and attract the next generation to careers in the
emerging clean-energy economy.”