CIB was established in 1953 with the support of the United Nations. Originally, it was an association whose objectives were to stimulate and facilitate international collaboration and information exchange between governmental research institutes in the building and construction sector. CIB is a worldwide network of more than 3,000 experts from 300 member organisations focused on all aspects of research and innovation in building and construction.
CIB Members are institutes, companies and other types of organisations involved in research or in the transfer or application of research results. Member organisations appoint experts to participate in CIB Commissions.
CIB is the acronym of the abbreviated French (former) name: “Conseil International du Bâtiment” (in English: International Council for Building). In 1998 the abbreviation was kept but the full name changed to the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction.