CIRIA (the Construction Industry Research and Information Association) describes itself as, ‘...a neutral, independent, not-for-profit body' suggesting that they '..link organisations with common interests and facilitate a range of collaborative activities that help improve the industry.’
It was originally established in 1960 as the Civil Engineering Research Council (CERC) to raise money from industry to undertake collaborative research. In 1967, it changed its name to CIRIA to reflect having taken on a wider role.
Their work now includes:
- Identifying best practice and developing new approaches.
- Facilitating the sharing of knowledge.
- Training and continuing professional development (CPD).
- Engaging with and influencing policy groups, government and industry.
- Running events.
- Publishing research and guidance documents.
- Information services.
CIRIA is governed by an Executive Board, and its direction is guided by a Council nominated by core members.
There are five advisory panels:
- Building and construction technology panel.
- Construction process panel.
- Ground engineering panel.
- Environment and sustainability panel.
- Water panel.
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