Researchers share $2m green building cash

Millions of dollars of grants are being handed out to teams researching sustainable building practices such as green roofs and using natural light.

The US Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced that 13 teams will benefit from its 2008 Green Building Research Fund grants.

It has committed $2m to the programme, and the Research Fund is generating an additional $1,150,000 in funds.

A quarter of the fund is dedicated to research projects on schools.

“We’ve identified an enormous need for green building research,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president and

CEO of the USGBC.

“The research grants are part of USGBC’s commitment to better understand what is working and what more can be done, which will inform USGBC’s programs and the entire building industry.

“The selected proposals drive knowledge, policies, tools and technologies and inspire corresponding industry and government-wide action.”

More than 240 proposals covering a wide range of topics were narrowed down to just 13 teams, which have received grants ranging from $90,000 to $250,000.

“The portfolio of research projects addresses a range of critical environmental needs in the building industry, encompasses diverse approaches and proposed outcomes, and is well distributed geographically across the U.S.,” said Gail Brager, chair of USGBC’s Research Committee.

The winning projects include a green roof energy calculator, a study of the effect of daylight and electric lighting on students, and improvement of porous pavements to manage storm water.

The full list of projects can be found here.

Kate Martin

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