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The Dow Chemical Co. contributes to net-zero energy home

The Dow Chemical Co., Midland, Mich., and Saginaw, Mich.-based Cobblestone Homes opened their 1,556-square-foot net-zero energy home for the first time during the Midland Spring Parade of Homes May 7. The home, called InVision Zero, was built for less than $250,000 and is expected to save $2,441 in energy costs and avert 30,233 pounds of carbon dioxide annually.

InVision Zero uses various materials and sustainable technologies manufactured by The Dow Chemical Co., including its STYROFOAM SIS™ Brand Structural Insulated Sheathing, insulating foam sealants and weather barrier solutions, and DOW™ POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingles. Additionally, The Dow Chemical Co.'s DOWFROST™ GEO 20 heat-transfer fluids are used in the home's geothermal system, its polyurethanes are used in the entry door, and its coatings technology is used in the paint and carpeting.