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. 

From 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 will be accepted from Feb. 12 through March 6.

“Our pledge to invest in research is a reflection of USGBC’s commitment to its vision of a sustainable built environment within a generation,” said 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.”

Grant proposals will be accepted via www.miracd.com/usgbc2008grant/. To view the request for pre-proposal, click here. Questions about the research fund and the request for pre-proposals may be e-mailed to research@committees.usgbc.org.

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