Building Materials for Sustainability

The future of green technology at OSU and Oregon BEST partners: buildings that generate as much as or more energy than they consume.

The future of green technology at OSU and Oregon BEST partners: buildings that generate as much as or more energy than they consume.

In the burgeoning green building sector, Oregon is poised to become a national leader. A new R&D partnership forged with cross-university linkages positions the state as a major powerhouse in 
sustainable materials, technologies and designs.

Oregon BEST (Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies Center) has pulled together $1.6 million in multi-source funding to infuse and expand research efforts under way at Oregon State and Portland State universities. OSU will create a green building materials lab, where engineers and forestry scientists will work on projects such as super-strong hybrid poplar, environmentally friendly concrete and recycled-plastic insulation. PSU’s new green building research lab will draw researchers from across the state to use infrared cameras and thermal-characterization equipment to test building features such as green roofs, window glazing, interior moisture levels and surface temperatures.

The new partnership will put Oregon on track for a federally funded research center down the road, experts predict.

“By collaborating between campuses,” says Scott Ashford, head of the OSU School of Civil and Construction Engineering, “Oregon becomes a force to be reckoned with in the green building sector.”

For more information:

Oregon BEST Facilitates $1.6 Million Investment in Green Building Research, 3-12-09

Oregon’s Green Building Community Sets Sights on National Research Center, 2-20-09

To support OSU’s green building research program, contact the OSU Foundation

One Response to “Building Materials for Sustainability”

  1. furniture…

    What is the name of the steel that is used? is it corten, and how is it treated? I would like to use it in a build I am doing….