Head office: Rue du Lombard 42 – 1000 Brussel, Belgium
Branches: Lozenberg 7 – 1932 Sint-Stevens-Woluwe,
Avenue Pierre Holoffe 21 – 1342 Limelette,
Boulevard Poincaré 79 – 1060 Brussel,
Marktplein 7 – 3550 Heusden-Zolder
Tel. +32 2 716 42 11, Fax. +32 2 725 32 12
Email: email@example.com, Website: www.bbri.be
The Belgian Building Research Institute is a private research institute founded in 1960 under impulse of the National Federation of Belgian Building Contractors in application of the so-called "De Groote" decree-law of 1947.
This decree-law named after the former Minister of Economic Affairs was specifically aimed at the promotion of applied research in the construction industry, in order to improve its competitiveness.
In application of this decree-law, the statutory members of the BBRI are the more than 100,000 Belgian construction companies (general contractors, carpenters, glaziers, plumbers, roofers, floorers, plasterers, painters, etc..), mostly SMEs.
According to its statutes, the BBRI has the following three main tasks:
- to perform scientific and technical research for the benefit of its members
- to supply technical information, assistance and advice to its members
- to contribute to the general innovation and development in the construction sector, more specifically by performing contractual research upon the request of the industry and the authorities.
To fulfil these tasks, the BBRI pools on the expertise of more than 275 highly skilled and motivated staff members coming from various educational backgrounds, working in multidisciplinary teams depending on the treated subject.
More than half of the BBRI’s income is generated by the contributions of its members. The remainder comes from subsidies granted by the regional, federal and European authorities (research projects), as well as from research contracts with public and private institutions or companies.
More details and figures can be found in our Annual Report.