The U.S. Green Building Council plans to commit $1 million to green building research. These funds will be targeted at increasing research in areas such as energy and water security, global climate change prevention, indoor environmental quality, and passive survivability in the face of natural and man-made disasters.
USGBC’s commitment comes on the heels of a recently published report, “Green Building Research Funding: An Assessment of Current Activity in the United States.” The report found that research related to high-performance green building practices and technologies is woefully underfunded by all sectors. Using this work as its basis, the USGBC Research Committee will publish a national green-building research agenda this fall that identifies key research areas for advancing building performance and market transformation.
The new research dollars are intended to be matching commitments. Further details about the structure of the fund and application for grant dollars are being developed and will be announced later this summer.