Adapting a building to the climate is better than adapting the climate to a building. This would be an apt slogan for Bayer MaterialScience’s EcoCommercial Building Program. It reflects the principle of bringing together the best materials, systems and technologies in order to construct energy-efficient office buildings and business premises to suit the climatic conditions at the site in question.
Bayer’s first example of an EcoCommercial Building was inaugurated at the beginning of November 2009. The Bayer CropScience child care center in Monheim has been built to meet its own energy needs without generating CO2 emissions. The project was one of ten to be awarded the "Energy-optimized Building 2009" prize by the German Federal Ministry of Economics. With this facility, Bayer is supporting the need of its employees to balance their work and home life more effectively. The daycare center is open to the children of parents who work at Bayer’s site in Monheim, Germany. Some 60 boys and girls from six months up to school starting age attend the center. The children, mainly under the age of three, are supervised in a stimulating and child-friendly environment.