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New International Olympic Committee Headquarters to be modified for optimal energy efficiency

Following the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 earlier this year, The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) has announced that multiple Dow solutions have been selected to enhance the architecture and performance of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s new headquarters building, Olympic House.

  • 09 November 2018
  • Rachel Cooper

Following the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 earlier this year, The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) has announced that multiple Dow solutions have been selected to enhance the architecture and performance of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s new headquarters building, Olympic House.

The building, located in Switzerland, is set to serve as the unified global meeting place for the Olympic Movement and commemorates the 100th anniversary of the city’s establishment as the international headquarters.

The architecture for the Olympic House is inspired by the movement of the athletes. To align with the environmental surroundings, the building will be constructed with the highest level of energy efficiency.

DOWSIL™ Silicone Sealants are used to construct the glass exterior. Simultaneously, DOWSIL™ 791 Weatherproofing Sealant and DOWSIL™ 3363 Insulating Glass Sealant will help improve the airtightness of the building envelope, saving energy and reducing costs of uncontrolled air leakage.

DOW PRIMAL™ SF-208ER Binder will be used to paint the exterior of the walls which will help to improve overall air quality, reducing health issues such as respiratory diseases and allergies.

DOW WALOCEL™ Cellulosic Thickener will be used to improve the performance of the ceramic tile adhesives. DOW WALOCEL™ Cellulose Ether, as a key component of the adhesive, offers advanced workability during installation, while standing up to sagging and water retention over the long term.

DOW VERDISEAL™ Waterproof Membrane will be applied to the parking lot rooftop to enhance the practicality of the building. The coating does not use fumes, open flames or solvents known to contribute harmful emissions, offering significant environmental protection.

Louis A. Vega, Dow’s vice president of Olympic & Sports Solutions, said: “Dow’s history with the Olympic Movement, celebrated most recently with the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, has always focused on collaboration to combine the power of science and sport globally. At the iconic new Olympic House, innovative Dow solutions will be applied to deliver benefits in areas such as energy efficiency, health and safety. We look forward to the next steps in this journey with the IOC, offering a lasting impact on generations to come and creating an inspiring atmosphere for all who work in and visit the building.”

Dow are a Platinum Sponsor at this year’s Sustainable Innovation Forum in Katowice, Poland on the 8th and 9th of December, find out more here.

Find out more about Dow and the Olympic House, here.

Photograph: International Olympic Committee