The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced it would 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 during natural and manmade disasters.

“The industry needs to take giant steps forward in construction, renovation and operation practices if we want to see large-scale improvements to health and environmental conditions in this generation,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, chief executive officer and founding chair of USGBC. “Our board has identified research as a key strategy to accomplish that and has set aside a pool of research dollars, so we can act now, even while encouraging others to increase their own research commitments.”

This donation comes on the heels of the USGBC’s recently published Green Building Research Funding: An Assessment of Current Activity in the United States, which found research related to high-performance green building practices and technologies is underfunded by all sectors.

“Building operation consumes 40 percent of energy and 71 percent of the electricity in the United States and accounts for 39 percent of the country’s carbon dioxide emissions, which is directly influencing global climate change,” said Peter Templeton, USGBC’s vice president of research and education.

Using this work as its basis, the USGBC Research Committee plans to publish a national green building research agenda this fall that identifies key research areas for advancing building performance and market transformation in its pursuit of the green building trend.   EC