The Institute of Building Research (IBR) at Ardhi University stands as a beacon of excellence and innovation in the realm of construction and building research in Tanzania. Formerly recognized as the National Housing Building Research Agency (NHBRA), IBR has forged a profound legacy of pioneering contributions to the development, sustainability, and advancement of the construction industry in the region. Our commitment to addressing critical challenges, fostering sustainable practices, and promoting knowledge dissemination has made us a cornerstone of the construction landscape.
The mission of the IBR of Ardhi University is to provide innovative and research-based solutions on appropriate and cost-effective building construction technologies for housing in Tanzania
The vision of the IBR of Ardhi University is to become the center of excellence in research and outreach services for appropriate building construction technologies and affordable housing in Tanzania.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND ESTABLISHMENT:
The National Housing and Building Research Unit (NHBRU) that was established through Cabinet Paper No. 7 of 1970 under the Housing Division in the former Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development (Now Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development). Its main objective was to provide technical support to housing construction to upgrade housing conditions and building standards, increase the use of local materials, and improve the population's quality. On 31st August 2001 the government reformed the NHBRU to become the National Housing and Building Research Agency (NHBRA) as a semi-autonomous Government Executive Agency, under the Executive Agencies Act. No. 30 of 1997. NHBRA was a more autonomous organ in order to deliver its mandatory services more efficiently and effectively. The Agency’s main objective was to research the housing construction technologies aimed at reducing housing construction costs. The National Housing and Building Research Agency (NHBRA) was disestablished in May 2020 and all operations were moved to Ardhi University. This led to the establishment of the Institute of Building Research (IBR) within the University. The functions of NHBRA are incorporated within IBR.
KEY FOCUS AREAS:
At IBR, our research and outreach efforts are channeled into six key focus areas:
Our institute is deeply rooted in community engagement. We collaborate with local municipalities and government agencies to address pressing housing and urban development challenges.
IBR KEY OBJECTIVES
WHAT WE DO
In addition, IBR has appropriate technology for the following:
RESEARCH THEMES AND AREAS
Locally produced building materials are confirmed as one of the strategies for housing cost reduction.
Cost-Effective Construction Technology and Techniques
Explore the use of resources economically and sustainably (building materials & technical know-how).
Low-Cost Housing (Appropriate Design & Construction)
Low-cost housing focuses on housing that is affordable to generally economically low-income households. Nevertheless, it should offer all basic facilities, services, and acceptable living conditions. One of the critical factors is cutting down housing delivery costs through alternative construction methods, processing methods for building materials, use of local and indigenous building materials, use of local skills, and, sustainable and environmentally friendly options.
Modes of Affordable Housing Delivery
Practical models and mechanisms that support delivery and access to low-cost housing.
Informal Processes of House Production
House acquisition in urban and rural areas alike are mostly through informal processes which are not of a standard code in terms of technical requirements, but the processes between the housing developer and the artisans as well i.e. housing production is largely by the informal sector and non-formal procedures/processes. Additionally, most housing projects for individuals (if focusing on low-income households) occur in informally settled areas.
Work studies and work processes for the production of building materials and house construction;
These are sustainability, environment, gender, and Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
Access to reliable spatial data is essential for research, analysis, and policy development on housing and urban development.
Climate Change and Housing Provision
There is evidence of increasing climate change effects in cities, including urban floods and urban heat islands. Buildings and housing structures are among the urban systems adversely affected by floods while occupants in many areas suffer from heat stress.