Insulation Products from Dow Enhance the 'Green' Profile of the Vancouver
2010 Olympic Winter Games


    


    
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<p><location>CALGARY</location>, Alberta, <chron>Feb. 3</chron> /CNW/ -- While "white" might be a hue most readily associated with a Canadian winter, the <location>Vancouver</location> 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games will feature a hefty dose of "green," as well.  Thanks to the environmentally friendly design and construction materials used to erect sporting venues and athletes' accommodations, the 2010 Winter Games will stand apart as a hallmark of sustainability and eco-consciousness.</p>
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<p>Dow Chemical <location>Canada</location> ULC (<a href="http://www.dow.com/2010">http://www.dow.com/2010</a>), as the Official Supplier of Insulation Materials to the 2010 Winter Games, has played a significant part in making the 2010-related structures impervious to air leaks and moisture, able to maintain uniform temperatures where needed, and resistant to frost damage - overall, increasing their energy efficiency and performance.  "We were excited to take on the 2010 challenge," said Torsten Kraef, business group vice president at Dow Building and Construction.  "It has been extremely gratifying to extend Dow's commitment to sustainability to an event that draws the attention of the whole world and can influence how we think of environmentally sound building."</p>
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<p>STYROFOAM(TM) Brand Insulation materials that Dow <location>Canada</location> provided came in the form of extruded polystyrene foam sheets (installed under garden rooftops and ice rinks for ideal ice performance), or STYROFOAM(TM) Spray Polyurethane Foam Insulation* (installed on the exterior of the track for bobsleigh, luge and skeleton competition).  ENERFOAM(TM) Professional Foam Sealant** and FROTH-PAK(TM) Foam Sealant kits*** were also sprayed to air seal many buildings. Each product (<a href="http://www.dowat2010.ca/dbs/products/interactive_venue_map.htm">http://www.dowat2010.ca/dbs/products/interactive_venue_map.htm</a>) was selected to address a very specific need that would directly or indirectly optimize the athletic environment, enhance spectator comfort, improve building performance and longevity, and save energy and maintenance costs now and long after the 2010 Winter Games are complete.</p>
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<p>"Energy consumption at the 2010 Winter Games can be significant," said Mike McGaugh, general manager of Dow Building Solutions <location>North America</location>, "Consider how much energy is needed, for example, to keep the ice cold, and the spectators warm at the same indoor venue.  The right insulation materials not only optimize how the energy is distributed, but also prevent waste - and curb the usage and maintenance costs of the building for years to come."</p>
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<p>The Olympic venues where Dow's insulating and air sealing products were applied include:</p>
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    --  The Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre
        (http://www.dowat2010.ca/dbs/products/vancouvercon.htm)
    --  The Richmond Olympic Oval
        (http://www.dowat2010.ca/dbs/products/richmond.htm)
    --  The Olympic Village Vancouver
        (http://www.vancouver2010.com/vancouver-olympic-village)
    --  The UBC Thunderbird Arena
        (http://www.dowat2010.ca/dbs/products/ubc.htm)
    --  The Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Centre
        (http://www.dowat2010.ca/dbs/products/vancouveroly.htm)
    --  The Whistler Olympic and Paralympic Park
        (http://www.dowat2010.ca/dbs/products/whistleroly.htm)
    --  The Whistler Sliding Centre
        (http://www.dowat2010.ca/dbs/products/whistlerslid.htm)
    --  The Killarney Centre
        (http://www.dowat2010.ca/dbs/products/killarney.htm)

    
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<p>In <chron>November 2009</chron>, The <location>Vancouver</location> Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games recognized Dow's contributions to making the Olympic Winter Games' environment more energy efficient by awarding Dow <location>Canada</location> a "Sustainability Star."</p>
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<p>* STYROFOAM(TM) Brand Spray Polyurethane Foam should be installed by a trained SPF applicator wearing protective clothing, gloves, goggles and proper respiratory protection. Consult the instructions and Material Safety Data Sheets carefully before use.</p>
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    ** Consult the label and Material Safety Data Sheet carefully before use.

    
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<p>*** Consult the instructions and Material Safety Data Sheets carefully before use.</p>
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    About Dow Canada
    
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<p>Dow Chemical <location>Canada</location> ULC, a subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, employs approximately 1,000 people in <location>Canada</location>. Headquartered in <location>Calgary</location>, Alberta, Dow <location>Canada</location> and its affiliates have manufacturing locations in: Sarnia and <location>Toronto</location>, Ontario; Fort Saskatchewan and Prentiss, Alberta; and Varennes, <location>Quebec</location>. For more information about Dow <location>Canada</location>, please visit our web site at <a href="http://www.dowcanada.com">www.dowcanada.com</a>.</p>
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    About Dow
    
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<p>Dow is a diversified chemical company that combines the power of science and technology with the "Human Element" to constantly improve what is essential to human progress. The Company delivers a broad range of products and services to customers in approximately 160 countries, connecting chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help provide everything from fresh water, food and pharmaceuticals to paints, packaging and personal care products. In 2008, Dow had annual sales of <money>$57.4 billion</money> and employed approximately 46,000 people worldwide. The Company has 150 manufacturing sites in 35 countries and produces approximately 3,300 products. On <chron>April 1, 2009</chron>, Dow acquired Rohm and Haas Company, a global specialty materials company with sales of <money>$10 billion</money> in 2008, 98 manufacturing sites in 30 countries and approximately 15,000 employees worldwide. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted.  More information about Dow can be found at <a href="http://www.dow.com">www.dow.com</a>.</p>
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<p>More information about Dow Canada's role in the 2010 Winter Games is available at <a href="http://www.dow.com/2010">www.dow.com/2010</a>.</p>
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For further information: For further information: Jan McKinnon, Senior Communications Manager, Dow Building Solutions, +1-519-541-0336, jmckinnon@dow.com; or Marissa Peterson of Gibbs & Soell Public Relations, +1-212-697-2600, mpeterson@gibbs-soell.com Web Site: http://www.dow.com

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