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Online Survey to Assess Use of Green Building Material



The research team from the University of California, Santa Barbara Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management

Think you know something about innovative green building?

If you do, a research team at the University of California, Santa Barbara could use your help.

Graduate students at the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management are studying the use of green innovations in the building industry and conducting a simple, 15-minute online survey of building industry professionals about their perceptions of alternative building materials.

The survey focuses on residential housing and a new potential building material — a block made entirely of compressed straw.

The survey is being used to try to understand:

  • Builders’ experiences with alternative materials
  • Why builders choose to adopt alternative materials
  • How builders think home buyers will respond to a straw building material
  • How much home buyers care about the environmental benefits of a recycled building material
  • How straw block is likely to fare in the building industry

All home builders, regardless of whether they have experience with alternative or green materials, are invited to participate. All participants will be entered in a drawing to win a $50 Visa gift card. All survey respondents and responses will remain anonymous.

To Take the Survey

To start the survey, follow this link.

The survey results will supplement a larger report on the use of green building materials in the home building industry. A summary of the survey results will be published in an  upcoming issue of Nation’s Building News.

For more information, e-mail the University of California, Santa Barbara research team.

The University of California, Santa Barbara Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management is a platinum-rated LEED building.

Attend the 2006 Green Building Conference

Plan now to attend the 2006 National Green Building Conference, March 12-14 in Albuquerque, N.M. — the only national conference targeted to "green building" for the mainstream residential building industry. The high caliber education programs will give you a chance to network with other green-minded builders from all around the country as well as meet with exhibitors with products to help you build a better home. For more information, click here.

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