Closed Cell Spray Foam Insulation from Bayer MaterialScience Helps Hurricane-Damaged Community Rebuild with Stronger, More Sustainable Buildings
BaySeal™ Spray Foam is Being Used to Insulate and Strengthen the New Houses and Municipal Buildings
By SprayFoam.com Staff
March 10, 2009 - Long Beach, Mississippi - In the aftermath of any natural disaster, a successful rebuilding effort is essential to return the affected area to its previous state. These efforts are extensive projects that often require massive amounts of resources to effectively revitalize the devastated area. After Hurricane Katrina, it was obvious that the Gulf Coast would have to undergo a lengthy period of rebuilding before it would be returned to its earlier condition. Fortunately, this region has seen an unprecedented outpouring of humanitarian support from around the country to aid the process. A shining example of this altruism is visible in the town of Long Beach, Mississippi.
Long Beach is the site of a “Community Revitalization Housing Program” sponsored and coordinated by ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steel company. Instead of simply rebuilding the town, this project has been undertaken with the mission of creating new building structures using steel frame construction which will be able to withstand such storms in the future. This goal is illustrated by the company’s Project Statement which reads: “Due to a lack of contractors with experience in residential steel construction techniques, we are seeing Gulf Coast residents rebuild wood and masonry residential buildings that cannot withstand the hurricane wind forces that are likely in the region. Therefore, ArcelorMittal and our construction partners have committed to building steel framed houses that will serve as learning laboratories to educate residential contractors in the area on the latest residential steel construction techniques[…] It is our hope that by educating contractors in hands on residential steel construction techniques, we can transform tomorrow by building safer, more sustainable housing for the region[…]”
Bayer MaterialScience LLC is one of the leading producers of polymers and high-performance plastics in North America and is part of the global Bayer MaterialScience business with nearly 15,400 employees at 30 sites around the world and 2007 sales of 10.4 billion euros. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction, medical, and sports and leisure industries. Our inorganic basic chemicals unit produces chlorine and related essential products for the chemicals industry.
Bayer Corporation, headquartered in Pittsburgh, is a subsidiary of Bayer AG, an international health care, nutrition and high-tech materials group based in Leverkusen, Germany. In North America, Bayer had 2007 net sales of 8.1 billion euros and employed 16,800 at year end. Bayer’s three subgroups, Bayer HealthCare, Bayer CropScience and Bayer MaterialScience, improve people’s lives through a broad range of essential products that help diagnose, prevent and treat diseases; protect crops and enhance yields; and advance automobile safety and durability.
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