« Return to BuildingGreen.com

Google Gives USGBC $3 Million for Healthy Building Materials Research

This indoor space at Google has sustainably forested wood floors, soy-based furniture, and ample daylighting.
Photo Credit: Christophe Wu / Google

In one of the biggest announcements to come out of Greenbuild 2012 in San Francisco thus far, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced a $3 million grant from Google to support work on healthier building materials. Google has already been a pioneer in keeping toxic chemicals out of building products used in its building projects (see A Peek Inside Google’s Healthy Materials Program), but this grant takes its public support for research and advocacy in this area to a new level.

The grant was announced by Scot Horst, senior vice president for LEED at USGBC, in an unscheduled insertion to the opening plenary at Greenbuild, with Horst noting that the donation had been finalized just the day before. Horst did not provide details on what the grant would support, but USGBC chairman Rick Fedrizzi's subsequent remarks during the plenary made it clear that USGBC as an organization was prepared to emphasize the following points:

USGBC hasn't yet announced details of the grant and what timeframe it will operate under, but we will update this blog as new information is available.

Posted by Tristan Roberts on November 14, 2012

Comments

If only...

It would have been far better if Google simply offered to fix LEED-Online!

Add comment

Welcome !

— Share This Posting!
— Share This Posting!

Recent Discussions

posted by jrice01720
on Nov 22, 2014

I did ultimately install a Geospring in the basement of my house (prettygoodlakehouse.com). I can't hear it at all in the living space but the...

posted by atwilson
on Nov 22, 2014

Our Geospring water heater is located in our basement, separated from the living space only by an uninsulated floor. If the door to the basement...

posted by jacksonlui
on Nov 21, 2014

i've been looking at these water heat pumps and the hidden costs and considerations are installation requirements (30A circuit), location of...