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Environmentally friendly building added to community facility

Sustainable construction materials from Dow Corning help make new building a showcase of environmental responsibility

The recently opened Jean & Sidney Silber Center at the Parks & People Green Workforce Development Center in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, is designed to LEED standards and showcases use of "green" building technologies, including materials from Dow Corning.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 14-by-45-foot prefabricated modular building took place June 14. Donated by the U.S. Green Building Council after being displayed at a previous Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, this addition to the Parks & People campus was constructed courtesy of the generosity of Building Design + Construction magazine, Ziger/Snead Architects, Synthesis, Modular Genius, and industry sponsors including Dow Corning. Featured as Building Design + Construction's GreenZone demonstration project at Greenbuild 2015, the modular structure offered conference attendees a close-up look at the latest sustainable building materials and techniques.

The "ultra-green" building features sustainable building materials from leading construction industry manufacturers. Featured materials from Dow Corning include:

  • The Dow Corning® Silicone Air Barrier System – a suite of fully compatible high-performance technologies designed to work in concert to help protect the building envelope. The system features low-VOC Dow Corning® DefendAir 200 and a fully compatible suite of products: Dow Corning® 778 Silicone Liquid Flashing, the Dow Corning® Silicone Transition System (STS) and select Dow Corning® brand high-performance sealants.
  • Dow Corning® HPI-1000 Building Insulation Blanket (BIB) – high-performance thin insulation material that enables design freedom and minimizes losses from thermal bridging.
  • Dow Corning® 121 Structural Glazing Sealant – a fast-curing, 1:1 mix ratio structural glazing sealant that improves productivity both in-shop and on-site.

The Parks & People campus includes restored historic buildings, a LEED-Platinum-designed headquarters, and open space that will feature teaching gardens and play space. The Jean & Sidney Silber Center will house Branches, a high school environmental internship employment program.

About Dow
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company is driving innovations that extract value from material, polymer, chemical and biological science to help address many of the world's most challenging problems, such as the need for fresh food, safer and more sustainable transportation, clean water, energy efficiency, more durable infrastructure, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's integrated, market-driven portfolio delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in 175 countries and in high-growth sectors such as packaging, infrastructure, transportation, consumer care, electronics, and agriculture. In 2016, Dow had annual sales of $48 billion and employed approximately 56,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 7,000 product families are manufactured at 189 sites in 34 countries across the globe. 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

About Performance Silicones
Performance Silicones, a unit within Dow's Consumer Solutions business, delivers a portfolio of performance-enhancing solutions to serve the diverse needs of customers and industries around the world. From transportation and lighting to building and construction and chemical manufacturing, Dow's Performance Silicones business helps our customers solve their most challenging problems. As a global leader in innovation and silicon-based technology, we are committed to bringing new solutions to the market that do more for our customers and continue to improve the lives of consumers worldwide. Visit to learn more.


For further information contact:
Nancy Collins
(989) 839-5800

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