REHAU Appointed to U.C. Berkeley's CBE Industry Advisory Board

REHAU, an international polymer innovator in construction, automotive and industry, has been appointed to the Industry Advisory Board (IAB) of U.C. Berkeley's Center for the Built Environment (CBE).

REHAU Joins Center for the Built Environment's Industry Advisory Board

LEESBURG, Va., April 15, 2011 - REHAU, an international polymer innovator in construction, automotive and industry, announces its appointment to the Industry Advisory Board (IAB) of the Center for the Built Environment (CBE).

A collaboration linking industry with academia, the CBE, part of the University of California, Berkeley College of Environmental Design, aims to improve the design, operation and environmental quality of buildings by providing timely, objective information on building technologies and design techniques. The CBE was established under the National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) program, and is also guided by the IAB.

In its IAB role, REHAU will work with the CBE to recommend and conduct studies on the latest building technologies, such as ground loop heat exchange and radiant heating/cooling.

"This is an exceptional opportunity for REHAU to work hand-in-hand with the research community and elevate the understanding of game-changing integrated building technologies," said Mike Dietrich, business team manager, building technology at REHAU. "The CBE is highly respected for its thorough research into today's most significant building challenges, including indoor environmental quality, building envelope and systems integration, and measurement and monitoring. We are excited to become part of this effort, and to share our experiences as both a designer and manufacturer of sustainable building systems."

"The CBE relies on industry collaborators like REHAU to keep us up to date on the latest practices in engineering, design and product and system implementation," said David Lehrer, CBE director of communications. "Input from companies like REHAU helps to ensure our research is focused on the topics that are most relevant and helpful to today's building industry."

According to Lehrer, the CBE will seek initial assistance from REHAU in designing radiant cooling technology research projects.

REHAU's formal participation in the IAB begins in April, when the company will exchange ideas and feedback with fellow board members from across the building industry, including manufacturers, building owners, facility managers, contractors, architects, engineers, government agencies and professional associations. REHAU will also have the opportunity to introduce innovative polymer technologies, and propose them for inclusion in near-term CBE studies.

For additional information on the Center for the Built Environment, contact: Phone: 510.642.4950. E-mail: . Web site:

For additional information on the comprehensive offering of REHAU sustainable building technologies, contact: REHAU, 1501 Edwards Ferry Rd., N.E., Leesburg, Va., 20176. Phone: 1.800.247.9445. Fax: 1.800.627.3428. E-mail: Web site:

REHAU delivers "Unlimited Polymer Solutions," and is the premium worldwide brand for polymer-based innovations and systems in construction, automotive and industry. The company generates continuous growth through its expertise and innovative capabilities in materials development, systems design and surface technology. Approximately 15,000 employees at more than 170 locations around the world ensure success of the independent, privately held company.

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