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BaySystems™ Brings Hope to New Orleans Nonprofit with energywise™ Donation
Bayseal® OC spray foam insulation and Bayseal® CC SPF insulation systems was used to efficiently seal the building

SPRING, TEXAS, Februay 15, 2010 — BaySystems™ continued its support of worthwhile non-profit construction projects with a donation to the Girls Hope House in New Orleans, La. The new 6,700–square-foot home replaced the residential facility for disadvantaged girls which was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.

BaySystems™ provided it’s energywise™ Energy Cost Savings Guarantee program to the home, which will result in approximately $3,000 annual savings in energy bills. energywise™ is a residential program that combines energy performance analysis, HVAC system sizing, and spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation to guarantee savings in energy costs. BaySystems™ donated Bayseal® OC SPF insulation and Bayseal® CC SPF insulation systems to efficiently seal the building.

New Orleans architecture firm Garrity + Accardo Architects designed the new home with energy efficiency in mind.

"Being able to provide BaySystems’ energywise™ program and SPF insulation in this home was ideal," Donna Accardo, principal of Garrity + Accardo Architects, said. "The house is a large pier and beam wood construction home for eight girls and four staff residents. It’s easier to raise money for one-time expenses than on an ongoing basis, so we went with the energywise™ program because the guaranteed lower monthly energy cost will be a significant savings for Girls Hope’s annual energy expenditures. The energywise™ program helped relay to the owner the exact savings in monthly costs as well as how we could reduce the amount of air conditioning equipment installed during construction."

The Girls Hope House project represented an opportunity for BaySystems™ to further its commitment to sustainable rebuilding along the Gulf Coast. The company also donated Bayseal® SPF insulation to the Long Beach, Miss. community revitalization program following Hurricane Katrina.

"We are extremely pleased to support community initiatives like The Girls Hope House project,? said Renee Zierden, general manager, BaySystems™." This home is not only healthier for the girls, but also for the environment.

"The Girls Hope home will undoubtedly see long-term savings in its energy bills over the life of the building. Not to mention that by using Bayseal® foam insulation, it will realize advanced installation capabilities to guarantee those savings and provide a healthy, environmentally sound home," Zierden added.

energywise™ Preferred Contractor Geaux Green Building Systems of New Orleans installed the SPF.

Boys Hope Girls Hope is a national non-profit organization that provides family-like homes to help academically capable and motivated children in need. Both the boys and girls homes were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Before and after photos are available at http://www.boyshopegirlshope.org/locations/neworleans/GHConstructionUpdate.html#top

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 15,100 employees at 30 sites around the world and 2008 sales of 9.7 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.

BaySystems™ manufactures spray polyurethane foam systems for residential and commercial buildings and provides a complementary family of roofing, insulation, coatings and primers.

BaySystems™ also offers the energywise™ Energy Cost Savings Guarantee. This systems approach to residential energy efficiency combines an optimally designed HVAC system with Bayseal™ spray foam insulation installed by an energywise™ Preferred Contractor. The energywise™ Energy Cost Savings Guarantee is backed by Bayer MaterialScience to provide homeowners a substantial reduction in energy usage.

Contact:
Carrie Stallwitz, Phone: 713-320-8165

E-mail: carrie@witzpr.com

Alex Keane, Phone: 281-825-4771
E-mail: alex.keane@bayerbms.com

For more information about spray polyurethane foam product families from BaySystems™, call 1-800-289-8272 or visit www.BaySystemsSpray.com.

For more information about the energywise™ residential energy efficiency program, call 281-825-4757, e-mail jenna.villarreal@bayerbms.com or visit www.energywisefoam.com.

For more information about Bayer MaterialScience materials, call 1-800-662-2927, e-mail naftainfo@bayerbms.com or visit www.bayermaterialsciencenafta.com.

This news release may contain forward-looking statements based on current assumptions and forecasts made by Bayer Group or subgroup management. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could lead to material differences between the actual future results, financial situation, development or performance of the company and the estimates given here. These factors include those discussed in Bayer’s public reports which are available on the Bayer website at www.bayer.com. The company assumes no liability whatsoever to update these forward-looking statements or to conform them to future events or developments.


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