LIVE image
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.

If you enjoyed this article, sign up for BuildingGreen email updates

*

Comments

1 If only... posted by Harvard Graduate School of Design on 11/14/2012 at 05:00 pm

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


— Share This Posting!

Recent Discussions

posted by bates.paul
on Apr 9, 2015

Hi-

I reviewed your story on "...

posted by granda
on Apr 8, 2015

Hi Alex,
I've been following your experience with the Zehnder unit with interest. By the way, my understanding is that Barry Stephens is...

posted by joetmail
on Apr 4, 2015

Thanks Alex. Replacing the siding is really not an option. Without the opportunity to create a drainage plane I shy away from spray foam in...

Recent Comments


Using Your Heating System to Heat Water

norm palmer says, "Same 2 units but different approach: am trying to noodle thru whether to plumb the units so as to preheat the indirect oil fired water heater..." More...

Alex Wilson says, "Norm, This is an interesting idea. I'm not an expert on DHW, but in my last house I did have a Buderus boiler with an indirect water heater. I think..." More...

norm palmer says, "I would like to know if any one has experienced using a geospring hybrid water heater (or even a standard water htr) in parallel with an existing..." More...


Getting to Know Spider Insulation

Paul Bates says, "Hi- I reviewed your story on "Formaldehyde-Based Foam Insulation Back from the Dead". I appreciate the balanced and thorough review. I was..." More...


Commissioning Our Home's Heat-Recovery Ventilator

Christopher Granda says, "Hi Alex, I've been following your experience with the Zehnder unit with interest. By the way, my understanding is that Barry Stephens is brother to..." More...