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WASHINGTON, DC-The USGBC is supporting some 13 green building research programs this year under its Green Building Research fund – a program USGBC established to spur research in sustainable building practices. The USGBC did not return a call from GlobeSt.com in time for publication.

The trade group has committed $2 million to the program, with the Research Fund generating an additional $1.1 million in matching funds. USGBC’s Research Committee reviewed 216 pre-proposals and 38 full proposals. This field was narrowed down to 13 final projects distributed across the US, which are receiving grants ranging from $90,000 to $250,000.

These projects include:

• A green roof energy calculator• An open source searchable database to assess the impact of environmental strategies in healthcare facilities• A design for reuse primer• The development and implementation of a protocol to test building materials to passively reduce indoor ozone and its reaction products• HVAC control algorithms for mixed-mode vuildings• Improvement of porous pavement system for on-site stormwater management• Integrated building water management (IBWM) modeling• Investigating opportunities for improving building performance through simulation of occupant and operator behavior• Multi-variate study of stormwater BMPs• Quantifying the impact of daylight and electric lighting on student alertness, performance, and well-being in K-12 Schools• The evaluation of green school building attributes and the effect on students and teachers in New York• A transportation energy intensity index• A new application of existing monitoring technology to quantify the relationship between classroom ventilation and student performance.

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