Eastman Chemical Company Donates Product to Appalachian State University for Solar Decathlon Project

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Eastman Chemical Company Donates Product to Appalachian State University for Solar Decathlon Project

Team Réciprocité’s energy-independent row house will be competing in the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 Competition
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 3:30pm

KINGSPORT, Tenn., March 5, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Appalachian State University has teamed up with Eastman Chemical Company to integrate one of Eastman’s products into the university’s entry in the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 competition. ASU’s Team Réciprocité will use Eastman’s Heat Mirror® insulating glass in the construction of its energy-independent, row house concept Maison Reciprocity.

Maison Reciprocity is an innovative reimagined two-bedroom, two-bath row house comprised of three components: the Urban Shell, an energy-efficient structural envelope; the CHORD, a building systems core; and the living Brise-Soleil, the building skin components that produce energy and provide shelter. Team Réciprocité’s goals are to build a market-ready, affordable and adaptable house with a focus on the community.

“The choice of working with Eastman was clear for Team Réciprocité,” said Jason Miller, faculty director of Design. “Eastman Chemical is an international company producing globally relevant and sustainable building products in our own backyard. The opportunity for a collaborative relationship was evident from the beginning.”

Maison Reciprocity features Eastman’s Heat Mirror® insulating glass (IG). Set into door and window frames provided by Ply Gem, Heat Mirror® technology suspends one or more lightweight films inside the airspace of the IG unit to create multiple super‐insulating cavities —without adding weight — that buffer against heat loss or heat gain. Heat Mirror IG helps to reduce energy costs by enabling “windows that insulate like walls” with center-of-glass thermal performance up to R20 (.05 U‐value), while also maintaining a quiet and comfortable internal environment and protecting the home’s furnishings from fading by blocking over 99.5% of harmful UV-rays.

“This opportunity is a reflection of Eastman’s ongoing commitment to sustainability,” said Godefroy Motte, Eastman’s senior vice president and chief sustainability officer. “Projects such as the Solar Decathlon demonstrate how business and education can partner together to advance innovative, sustainable solutions.”

The Maison Reciprocity row house will compete along with 19 other entries in the prestigious Solar Decathlon Europe 2014, an international competition that challenges student teams to design and build an energy-independent solar house. Appalachian State University is one of only three U.S. universities selected to participate in the June 2014 competition in Versailles, France.

For more information on Maison Reciprocity, please visit reciprocity2014.com; like the project on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/reciprocity2014 or follow the conversation on Twitter using hashtag #sde2014. To learn more about Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 visit www.solardecathlon2014.fr/en.

About Eastman:

Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in approximately 100 countries and had 2013 revenues of approximately $9.4 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 14,000 people around the world. For more information, visit www.eastman.com.


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