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The Central Building Research Institute, an ISO 9001:2000 accredited Institute, was founded on 10th February, 1951 with the laying of foundation stone by Sri Shri Prakasha, Minister for Natural Resources and Scientific Research in the presence of Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, the then Prime Minister of India.   The new buildings was inaugurated by Late Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad, Minister of Natural Resources and Education on 12 April, 1953.

The Institute was charged with the responsibility of generating, cultivating and promoting building science and technology in the services of the country.   Since its inception, the Institute has been assisting the building construction and building material industries in finding timely, appropriate and economical solutions to the problems of shelter planning, building materials, structures & foundations, disaster mitigation including fire hazard.

The Institute has well defined R&D disciplines, which provide adequate scientific and technical inputs to various national importance R&D programmes.  These disciplines are named and grouped as Housing and Planning; Educational and Health Care Buildings; Rural Building and Environment; Environmental Science & Technology, Clay Products,  and Organic Building Material; Fire Research; Building Processes, Plant and Productivity; Geotechnical Engineering; Structural Engineering and Efficiency of Buildings.  In addition to these divisions the Institute has service disciplines namely IIMD, DC&E, PME, RPBD and GTSD.

To carry out applied and basic research in all areas of building science to solve problems confronting the country in:

  • Shelter planning
    Physical Planning : Settlement Planning, Education & Health Care Building, Heritage Buildings,
    Technology Developments and Computer Application.
    Building Efficiency: Day Light, Thermal Comfort.
  • New Materials
    Organic building materials, Cement, Lime and clay products, Waste recycling, Environment friendly termite control pesticides, Structural & building components out of new materials, Fire retardant materials.
  • Structures and Foundations
    Structural analysis & design, Structural integrity assessment of complex structure and transmission towers, Construction technology, Rehabilitation of distressed structures, Concrete technology, Geo-technical engineering, Environmental geotechnique, Reclamation of abandoned Ash pond, Slope stability, Rock mechanics, Pile foundations, Foundations on expansive soils.
  • Disaster Mitigation
    Building dynamics, Pre and post disaster management with  reference to cyclones, Earthquakes & landslides, Fire hazards in buildings, Fire resistant systems, Fire spread modelling & simulation.
  • Process Development
    Production technology of building materials, Pilot plants, Construction  mechanisms, Prefabrication, Modelling and Computer Software.
  • Specialisation and Areas of Consultancy
      • Testing facilities and design solutions for geotechnical problems
      • Air pollution monitoring and control
      • Testing of soils, flyash, industrial & mining waste etc for manufacturing of bricks and tiles. Bricks from unsuitable soils, mechanised production of clay-flyash, flyash-sand-lime and autoclaved products.
      • Slag based cements and building materials
      • Technology  for  manufacture of hydraulic  lime,  cement  & concrete, lime and lime  based products, super-plasticisers, high  strength  concrete, anti-corrosion  treatments,  fibre  reinforced building materials,  reactive silica from flyash
      • Environment friendly termite control measures
      • Thermal designs of conditioned  and   non   conditioned buildings/cold storages etc.
      • Infra-red Themography
      • Distressed buildings investigation, suggestion and remedial measures        
      • Repair/strengthening/retrofitting  measures   of   damaged buildings
      • Computer aided structural analysis and design
      • Design and  fabrication  of  machines  for   construction technology
      • Fire hazard assessment analysis
      • Fire Resistant doors and cabinets, cable coatings and paints
      • Automatic systems for fire protection and fire fighting equipment

The Institute arranges technical get-together, exhibitions, field training programmes and advisory services etc.

The Institute has linkages with International bodies like CIB, Netherland: TWAS, Italy: BRE, UK: ASTM, USA: CSIRO, Australia: RILEM, France: BRS, Canada and UNCHS, Nairobi, Kenya etc.  At the national level the Institute has close liaison and linkage with HUDCO, DST, MUD, Housing Boards and Societies of the State Governments, engineering and academic institutions of the country and construction and building material industries.  The institute has maintained active collaboration with BIS and presently represents in 130 BIS Committees.

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