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ACC hosts energy and water efficiency exhibit, demonstrating how companies
are meeting the challenge to build better homes and offices

SACRAMENTO (April 7, 2015) - The American Chemistry Council (ACC), and representatives from energy and water efficiency sectors came together today to showcase building products that highlight how new and existing technologies and chemistry can help the state meet its efficiency goals. The event, Meeting the Challenge Together: Building an Energy Efficient California, comes as the Governor, the California Energy Commission and the Legislature are all pushing for higher resource efficiency standards in new and existing buildings.

"We're proud that spray polyurethane foam insulation is a partner in addressing the state's energy efficiency goals," said Tim Shestek, ACC senior director. "Spray foam insulation has proven to substantially reduce energy needs and costs for both residential and commercial buildings. There are many new homes and offices being built throughout the state that will have smaller environmental footprints thanks to spray foam insulation and the other technologies displayed here today."

While California has focused on improving resource efficiency for decades, a renewed effort has gained urgency in the midst of growing natural resource and environmental challenges. In his annual State of the State address in January of this year, Governor Jerry Brown challenged the state to meet new and aggressive efficiency goals.  He has been joined in this effort by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De León and several members of the Senate who are focused on issues such as pollution reduction and energy efficiency.

The construction industry has developed products to help meet this challenge with a portfolio of materials that reduce energy and water consumption. For example, spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation, which was showcased at today's event, is used to create "high-efficiency attics." Without proper insulation, attics can reach upwards of 140 degrees in the summer, heating up both the occupied space and any air conditioning ductwork, forcing air conditioning units to work even harder and longer.  Unlike other insulation products, SPF adheres to the wall and forms a continuous insulation and air barrier on surfaces and cavities, even the contoured or irregular spaces often found in attics.

Water efficiency products designed to significantly decrease home water usage were also on display presented by a nationally recognized expert on high performing water distribution systems. These technologies will become even more critical as California deals with the fourth year of an historic drought. Attendees also learned more about the University of California at Davis' California Lighting Technology Center's efforts to reduce the amount of energy used to light California's buildings and outdoor spaces.  Comcast, a global media and technology company, displayed products related to EcoSaver , a new cloud-based solution that learns heating and cooling patterns of a home for additional energy savings.

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Note to editors:  California specific spray polyurethane foam (SPF) facts:

  • Electricity prices in California are among the top 10 highest in the nation.
  • Heating and cooling costs account for 45% of the average energy bill for California households.
  • SPF can result in $900 savings per year on single-family household heating and cooling costs.
  • For homeowners:  In 2013, an estimated 10% of the 36,000 single-family homes built in California used SPF. The resulting energy savings can add up to $3.3 million each year.
  • For building owners: SPF used on a one-story building roof in California could save the building owner more than $11,000 per year.
  • For the environment: These energy savings mean homes insulated with SPF could reduce 800,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions. This is the equivalent of removing 2,700 cars from California's roads each year.

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