WASHINGTON - The U.S. Green Building Council has doubled its funding commitment for green building research grants to be awarded in 2008 to a grand total of $2 million. Of the additional $1 million in grants, $500,000 has been allocated for K-12 school facility research related to occupant impacts. The Green Building Research Fund was created to spur research that will advance sustainable building practices and encourage market transformation.
A formal request for pre-proposals has been released. Pre-proposal abstracts are being accepted now through March 6, 2008. Selected applicants will be asked to submit comprehensive proposals for the final phase of the selection process.
"Our pledge to invest in research is a reflection of USGBC's commitment to its vision of a sustainable built environment within a generation," says Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of USGBC. "The industry needs to take giant steps forward in design, construction, renovation and operation practices to realize large scale improvements to health and environmental conditions in this timeframe. Our board has identified research as a key strategy for accomplishing that goal, and the research grant fund allows us to take immediate action while encouraging other funders to increase their own research commitments."
Matching funds from other sources are encouraged in order to maximize the potential of USGBC's contribution toward filling critical research gaps. The research will result in knowledge, policies, technologies and tools that will have an immediate and positive impact on sustainable building development, design, construction and operation.
The USGBC Research Committee has established the need for a vast increase in research funding and activity through its publication of Green Building Research Funding: An Assessment of Current Activity in the United States. Subsequently, the committee has sought broad input to create A National Green Building Research Agenda to focus attention on increasing research capacity and activity.
Grant proposals will be accepted through March 6, 2008, via www.miracd.com/usgbc2008Grant. Questions about the research fund and the request for pre-proposals may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit membership organization whose vision is a sustainable built environment within a generation. Its membership includes corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and other nonprofit organizations. Since UGSBC's founding in 1993, the Council has grown to more than
13,500 member companies and organizations, a comprehensive family of LEED® Green Building Rating Systems, an expansive educational offering, the industry's Greenbuild International Conference and Expo (www.greenbuildexpo.org), and a network of 72 local chapters, affiliates, and organizing groups. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.