In an effort to create pioneering green building products that contribute to Western Pennsylvania’s many green buildings, Green Building Alliance created its Product Innovation Grant program, which fostered innovation and economic development in Pennsylvania by supporting partnerships between industry and academia. Through 5 competitive rounds of funding from 2007 through 2011, GBA awarded over $1.2 million in Product Innovation Grants to 24 projects that translate sustainable principles into Pennsylvania-manufactured building products and technologies.
GBA’s Product Innovation Grants built on Pennsylvania’s intellectual capital by providing the gap funding required to bring green products from the research and development phase to the building product market so local specifiers can start using local products in local green building projects. The intent was to support the final commercialization steps for tangible building products or processes that contribute to the economic, environmental and social benefits of green buildings.
GBA continues to track and report on the progress and success made by these projects, which were selected through 5 competitive grant rounds. Learn more about all GBA Product Innovation Grant recipients.
Replicating this program in other locations could help create and provide wonderful support and networks for green building product innovation, regional capacity and competitiveness, and economic development opportunities. Only by convening people throughout the green building industry can we truly understand which green building technologies and innovations are scientifically possible, can be supported by the economic marketplace, and will provide the social and environmental benefits green buildings demand.
Organizations interested in using GBA's Product Innovation Grant program as a model for regional product commercialization success should contact us.
Product Innovation Grant Recipient Resources
In reporting to GBA, past and current GBA Product Innovation Grants recipients should use the Status Report Template and reference GBA's Request for Proposals from Round #5 of the Product Innovation Grant program. All other questions should be directed to GBA via email or (412) 431-0709.
Product Innovation Grant Funders
GBA's Product Innovation Grant program was made possible by the following funders: