The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced last week that it will chip in an additional $1 million for green building research, bringing its 2008 funding to $2 million. In addition, $500,000 of the funding has been earmarked for K-12 school facility research related to occupant impacts.

"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 of USGBC, in a statement. "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."

According to the announcement, the research will result in "knowledge, policies, technologies, and tools that will have an immediate and positive impact on sustainable building development, design, construction and operation."