Vancouver Organizing Committee for 2010 Olympic Winter Games Awards Dow
Canada a Sustainability Star


    
    - Dow's foam insulation reduces building energy usage, improves ice
    performance and indoor comfort, and enables garden roofs and terrace at
    2010 Winter Games




    
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<p><location>CALGARY</location>, Alberta, <chron>Nov. 24</chron> /CNW/ -- The <location>Vancouver</location> Organizing Committee (VANOC) for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games has awarded Dow <location>Canada</location> (<a href="http://www.dowat2010.ca/dbs">http://www.dowat2010.ca/dbs</a>) a "Sustainability Star" for its role in constructing energy-efficient venues for the 2010 Winter Games.</p>
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<p>"<location>Vancouver</location> has a history of pushing the 'green' envelope when it comes to the built environment," said <person>Ann Duffy</person>, VANOC's corporate sustainability officer. "Winners of this award took inspiration in that legacy, and have demonstrated a measurable, positive impact on Vancouver's social, economic and environmental wellbeing."</p>
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<p>Dow <location>Canada</location> is the Official Supplier of Insulation Materials for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and collaborated with architects and build-teams to paint the town "green." Installed in most every part of the building envelopes- from the foundations and walls to the ice tracks and garden rooftops- Dow's insulation products help reduce energy usage and CO2 emissions at several venues (<a href="http://www.dowat2010.ca/dbs/products/index.htm">http://www.dowat2010.ca/dbs/products/index.htm</a>), including: Killarney Ice Rink, <location>Richmond</location> Olympic Oval, Olympic Village <location>Vancouver</location>, Olympic Village Whistler, UBC Thunderbird Arena, <location>Vancouver</location> Convention and Exhibition Centre, <location>Vancouver</location> Olympic and Paralympic Centre, The Whistler Sliding Centre and Whistler Olympic/Paralympic Park.  Many buildings have achieved LEED Silver, Gold or Platinum certification due, in part, to Dow's insulation and air sealing solutions. The venues' many garden rooftops and terraces help absorb greenhouse gas emissions and combat urban heat island effect.</p>
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<p>"We are very proud to contribute to the overall sustainability of the 2010 Winter Games," said Torsten Kraef, Business Group vice president, Dow Building and Construction. "At Dow, we take sustainability very seriously, and one of the most effective ways to help our environment is to reduce building energy usage through proper insulation. That's an investment that will pay dividends to the Olympic Games now and to the <location>Vancouver</location> community for decades to come."</p>
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    Dow and Sustainability at the 2010 Winter Games

    
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<p>One example of how Dow insulation products are contributing to the overall sustainability of the 2010 Winter Games is the STYROFOAM(TM) Brand XPS Foam Insulation installed beneath the <location>Richmond</location> Olympic Oval. It not only helps to maintain a uniform ice temperature, but also helps minimize the energy costs required to do so. And by safeguarding the structural cement slab below the ice assembly from frost penetration, the protective insulation layer improves the ice rink's longevity.</p>
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<p>"It's not enough to use sustainable materials in a design. They have to do their job today and well into the future," says Mike McGaugh, general manager for Dow Building Solutions, <location>North America</location>. "If not, they'll end up in a landfill, wasting energy and resources on a premature replacement. For Dow, sustainability goes hand in hand with lasting performance."</p>
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<p>Dow's support of the 2010 Winter Games is one way of achieving its 2015 Sustainability Goals.  These Goals include improving energy efficiency, contributing to community success, addressing climate change and providing solutions to world challenges through sustainable chemistry.  Recent innovations for the built environment include:</p>
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    --  Development of a new, zero-ozone depleting, no-VOC foaming agent
        technology for producing STYROFOAM Brand XPS Foam Insulation. Plant
        conversions are on schedule to be completed in advance of the 2010
        deadline set forth by the Montreal Protocol.
    --  Life Cycle Assessment of STYROFOAM(TM) Brand Insulation to demonstrate
        the net environmental benefit of the product's existence, from
        manufacture to disposal/recycle.

    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.dowcanada.com

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