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International Council for Building (CIB) International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction Logo


CIB is the acronym of the abbreviated French (former) name: "Conseil International du Bâtiment" (In English, this means International Council for Building).  In the course of 1998, the abbreviation has been kept, but the full name has been changed to:


CIB was established in 1953 as an Association whose objectives were to stimulate and facilitate international cooperation and information exchange between governmental research institutes in the building and construction sector, with an emphasis on those institutes engaged in technical fields of research.

CIB has since developed into a world wide network of over 5000 experts from about 500 member organizations active in the research community, in industry or in education, who cooperate and exchange information in over 50 CIB Commissions covering all fields in building and construction related research and innovation.

CIB Members are institutes, companies and other types of organizations involved in research or in the transfer or application of research results.  Member organizations appoint experts to participate in CIB Commissions.  An individual also can be a member and participate in a Commission.

CIB Commissions initiate projects for R&D and information exchange, organize meetings and produce publications.  These meetings can be Commission meetings for members only or international symposia and congresses open to all. Publications can be proceedings, scientific or technical analyses and international state of the art reports.

Mission Statement

The purpose of CIB is to provide a global network for international exchange and cooperation in research and innovation in building and construction in support of an improved building process and of improved performance of the built environment.

The scope of CIB covers the technical, economic, environmental, organizational and other aspects of the built environment during all stages of its life cycle, addressing all steps in the process of basic and applied research, documentation and transfer of the research results, and the implementation and actual application of them.

The objectives of CIB are to be: a relevant source of information concerning research and innovation worldwide in the field of building and construction; a reliable and effective access point to the global research community and a forum for achieving a meaningful exchange between the entire spectrum of building and construction interests and the global research community.

In achieving its objectives CIB shall promote for international benefit appropriate collaboration with other international and national organizations.

CIB can act as a platform for every person active in the field of building and construction research and innovation who is looking for possibilities to improve his or her own performance through international cooperation and information exchange.

It makes no difference whether such a person is employed by a research institute, a construction company, a university, a governmental agency or by any other type of organization, as long as that organization is in some way involved in building and construction research and innovation and provided the person concerned is interested in international cooperation and information exchange.

Although most members of CIB are organizations, within the CIB community there is a strong emphasis on the interests of individual persons.  And in line with this another way of characterizing CIB is as follows:

CIB is a worldwide network of building and construction experts who improve their day to day performance through international cooperation and information exchange with their peers.

Contact Information

Wim Bakens
Secretary General
The CIB General Secretariat is located at:
(office address) Kruisplein 25 G
(postal address) Postbox 1837,
3000 BV Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Telephone: + 31 10 411 0240
Fax: + 31 10 433 4372
Web Address:

Content updated on 4/14/2003

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