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"Bayer and Habitat for Humanity unveils demo house showcasing composite housing technology"

Manila- Bayer MaterialScience and Habitat for Humanity Philippines (Habitat) unveiled today a prototype house in Habitat’s Marangal Village in Malabon City.

Built together with housing technology partner Wyndham Homes of Malaysia, the house used fiber composite panels that incorporated Bayer MaterialScience's polyisocyanurate (PIR) foam. PIR is a rigid 60mm foam inserted between two panels of fiber board to create a wall and roofing material that can deflect nearly 50% of the heat that can be brought on by the intense Philippine tropical sun.

"Our low cost housing solution is based on light weight polyurethane composite panels. These can be assembled quickly and easily, within five days with a minimum of workers and technical support. The excellent insulation properties of the material make the houses more energy efficient and thus very cost effective,” says Richard Northcote, responsible for Communications, Public Affairs and Sustainability and a Member of the Executive Committee of Bayer Material Science.

"While we have employed volunteers to help reduce house cost, a very critical aspect of this effort is to find high quality building materials at affordable cost. We have recently incorporated the expertise and know-how of Bayer Philippines, Inc. and Wyndham Homes Sdn Bhd with ours to lower costs even more,” says Charlie Ayco, CEO & Managing Director of Habitat for Humanity Philippines. “The features of this technology are impressive: lighter than wood but as strong as concrete; long lasting and can withstand most natural disasters; provides short construction period; minimal maintenance; has passed Fire Safety E30 (European standards); antistatic and allergy free; termite infestation free among others. Habitat remains committed to assist Filipino families to live in simple, decent and affordable homes. As we continue to build safe and decent houses, we are also moving toward the commitment of building sustainable communities and transforming lives. We believe that together with Bayer Material Science and Wyndham Homes Sdn Bhd, we will be able to achieve this goal.” ends Ayco.

The inauguration was held at the closing day of the fourth Asia-Pacific Housing Forum organized by Habitat for Humanity International in Makati City. Close to 700 delegates are taking part in the three-day, biennial event in Manila which holds under one roof, public, private and people sector stakeholders engaged in seeking solutions to poverty housing issues.

The demo house also marks the start of Bayer MaterialScience and Habitat for Humanity's long-term partnership that will seek to develop programs to help poor families’ access sustainable housing solutions.

About Bayer MaterialScience

With 2012 sales of EUR 11.5 billion, Bayer MaterialScience is among the world’s largest polymer companies.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 and the sports and leisure industries.At the end of 2012, Bayer MaterialScience had 30 production sites and employed approximately 14,500 people around the globe.Bayer MaterialScience is a Bayer Group company.

About Habitat for Humanity Philippines

Habitat for Humanity Philippines (HFHP) is a non-profit organization that serves Filipino families in need of decent homes. We bring together partners who share the same vision of transforming lives through building responsible and sustainable communities. Established in 1988, HFHP is a country affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International based in Georgia, USA. For 25 years, HFHP has served over 60,000 families throughout the country. HFHP envisions that every Filipino family has a decent place to live. Visit or for more details.