Oregon BEST announces new consortium to fund research
By Christina Williams
Editor, Sustainable Business Oregon
Green building companies will work together on research projects through Oregon BEST's new consortium.
The Oregon Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies Center announced Tuesday that a new consortium bringing together businesses and green building researchers has pooled resources and cash to fund two initial projects.
The Sustainable Built Environment Research Constortium, as the 11-member group is called, met last month and selected two research projects, both with potential application in the planned Oregon Sustainability Center building.
The projects are:
• The use of sustainable cement-based products in building components, led by researchers Jason Ideker and David Trejo at Oregon State University.
• Monitoring water use in occupied buildings to inform conservation technology selection, led by Evan Thomas of Portland State University.
The total investment in the two projects by the consortium is $50,000, coming from a pot of money contributed by all consortium members. To join the consortium companies pay $12,000 to $50,000, depending on the type of organization and the level of support each group pays. The money is then used to support research that is beneficial to the collective group.
Johanna Brickman, who was hired last year as program manager for Oregon BEST, said the consortium grew out of conversations she was having with green building industry players that were hungry for new technology.
"They didn't have the capacity to fund research on their own," Brickman said. "But coming together provides financial efficiency, and from Oregon BEST's perspective, it allows us to prioritize where we focus our work."
The consortium will also provide a testbed for new green building technology by pairing together researchers with companies that are actually building cutting-edge green projects.
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