Promotion of Research and Development in Socially Significant Themes

On the basis of the 4 targets of research and development shown by the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, BRI is focusing on the "Priority Research Themes" which are socially significant and urgent, and putting about 75% of its research budgets intensively in research and development on those themes. BRI is steadily conducting the "Basic Research Themes" too.
BRI is actively attempting to gain outside competitive funds, implementing joint researches with universities, private companies, etc. in appropriate allocation of roles with them, accepting outside researchers and conducting research evaluation by outside experts in order to carry out research and development properly without overlaps with other research institutes.


4 Targets of Research and Development shown by the Minister of Land, Infrastracture, Transport and Tourism
1) Realization of Sustainable Housing, Buildings and Urban Communities by Green Innovations
2) Realization of Secure and Safe Housing, Buildings and Urban Communities
3) Maintenance and Revitalization of Existing Housing, Buildings and Urban Communities Coping with the Declining and Aging Population
4) International Contributions by Building and City Planning Technology and Response to Informatization

Examples of Specific Research Subject


Improving Fire-safety in Existing Buildings
Improving Fire-safety in Existing Buildings

BRI develops comprehensive evaluation methods to contribute to improving fire-safety in existing buildings without satisfactory smoke-control equipment, etc.





Revitalizing and Utilizing of Existing Buildings


Conversioning to maisonette, enlarging openings, etc.
Revitalizing and Utilizing of Existing Buildings

BRI conducts research on institutional barriers and technical standards in further renovation of existing buildings including enlargements in space or vertical expansion.





Community Development Methods for Elders
Community Development Methods for Elders

BRI creates a guideline for community development to ensure active lives of elderly people, through studies on their daily activities and methods to promote their participation in community activities.





Design Methods for Hot-humid Regions in Asia
Design Methods for Hot-humid Regions in Asia

BRI researches to develop the design guidelines of energy efficient housing and spread the technologies suitable for hot-humid area where the population and energy consumption are increasing.





Development of LCCM Housing
Development of LCCM Housing
LCCM Demonstrative House

BRI develops a design guideline of Life-Cycle Carbon Minus housing (LCCM housing) as well as advanced evaluation methods for energy saving performance in buildings.




Development of Larger Wood Buildings
Development of Larger Wood Buildings

BRI develops a structural design guideline of a larger wood building for smaller builders as well as its test and evaluation methods in order to increase the use of wood in building field.




Measures against Huge Earthquakes for Skyscrapers
Measures against Huge Earthquakes for Skyscrapers

BRI sophisticates the long-period ground motions for structural design coping with coupled huge earthquakes and clarifies the criteria to evaluate seismic capacity of skyscrapers.





Development of Countermeasures to Tsunamis
Development of Countermeasures to Tsunamis
Simulation of tsunami force on a building

BRI carries out research and development to improve technical standards for safer buildings against tsunami in the light of lessons from the Great East Japan Earthquake.





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