CIB short info
General about CIB
CIB stands for
"Conseil International du Batiment pour la Recherche l'Etude et la
Documentation" or in English
"International Council for Building Research Studies and Documentation"
Since 1953 CIB has been a forum for cooperation and a unifying
force in construction worldwide, fostering innovation and the
creation of workable solutions to technical, economic and social
Why and How?
Institutions and professionals engaged in the construction
process are confronted with a variety of tasks each with
shifting emphasis according to changed conditions.
New housing and buildings, maintenance and modernisation,
conservation of energy and other resources, higher productivity,
more effective management, applications of the latest information
technologies, environmental issues, climate and comfort, all
present a challenge for which new and improved knowledge
is called for.
This in turn requires worldwide cooperation in building research for
which CIB is the unique catalyst and vehicle. It comes to grips
with these problems by channeling the unrivaled collective
expertise of its member organisations through a network of
Working Commissions and Task Groups.
A complete listing is found under Working Commissions, and it
should be emphasized that new ones are continuously set up
if the demand is there. Their subject matter extends over
the broadest possible spectrum as the following division into main
- Structural Engineering; Building Materials;
- Architectural Research
- Building Physics; Energy; Health
- Management, Organization and Economics in Construction
- Housing and Planning
- Developing Countries
- Information and Documentation; Computer Applications
- Quality Management
Information and Documentation
Building documentation and information management and transfer
occupy a highly prominent role in CIB. Indeed the Organisation began life as
an international building documentation association. Within the Commissions
that are engaged on information matters are to be found
a variety of practice oriented groups. The accent throughout
is on modern information technology.
Congresses and Symposia
Most Commissions and Task Groups come together annually or at least
every two years.
CIB, through one of its member institutes, mounts a World Congress
every three years which has long been recognized as among the
key events in the international building research calendar.
In addition there are many major symposia, Seminars and
Workshops taking place at regular intervals, often attracting
an international participation of several hundred
specialists (practitioners as well as researchers).
CIB considers it to be a prime task to give permanent
form to the results of its activities.
So a steady stream of technical reports, proceedings,
recommendations, registers etc. is published.
There is a bi-monthly Information Bulletin featuring highlights
in CIB's life.
Proceedings from the Congress and Working Commissions Symposia
Who are Members?
Membership is predominantly by institutions but individual
membership is certainly possible. With almost 500 members
around the world, virtually every major building research
Institute is part of the CIB family. Recent years have seen
CIB Membership develop in interesting new directions. 150
Universities and Polytechniques, as well as important professional
associations and government agencies have joined.
What is especially significant is the way that CIB has latterly
strengthened its contacts with industry: a number of large
or medium sized multinational contractors and multi-disciplinary
professional practices in the fields of consultancy, surveying, the
provision of financial and legal services have concluded that joining
CIB yields benefits for themselves. This enhancement of its
Membership is also advantageous for CIB.
There are three categories of Membership those of
- Full Membership
is for those organisations engaged on a genuinely substantial
scale in the fields of interest of CIB
- Associate Membership
is for those Institutions engaged on a somewhat lesser scale
- Individual Membership
is for persons, some quite eminent, who for one reason or another
find it impractical to join through an institution
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Last update 2007.05.14, Per Christiansson