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The Centre for Building Studies (CBS) is a research centre whose goal is to conduct research that contributes to the building construction industry and that leads to buildings that are more energy efficient, comfortable, healthy, safe, and responsive to their inhabitants.
For further information please contact the Director of the Centre for Building Studies: Dr. R. Zmeureanu.
The Centre for Building Studies is a research centre constituted of members who share a common interest to carry out research to contribute in the building construction industry and whose concerted actions lead to the betterment of the building (products, processes and performance), culminating in definitions for buildings of the future. These buildings will be more energy efficient, comfortable, healthy, safe and responsive to inhabitants with innovative combination of traditional and advanced construction materials as well as intelligent controls. The design of these buildings will concentrate on total performance over their life cycle by using computer-aided techniques that take into consideration factors such as wind, noise, solar energy, pollutants, and occupancy; their construction will be safe, efficient and economical.
A Brief History of the CBS
The Centre for Building Studies was originally established as an academic unit in 1977 to conduct research in building engineering and to administer educational programs developed as a result of this research initiative. The research program in the Centre was initially funded through a Negotiated Development Grant obtained from NRC (now NSERC) by a group of researchers in Civil Engineering; funding for a Masters program was obtained by the same group from the Ministry of Education of Quebec.
For the subsequent twenty years the CBS maintained strong external and internal support to develop a complete gamut of educational programs in building engineering (BE), an extensive laboratory complex, a body of faculty and researchers of international stature and a new community of building engineers.
In 1997 the CBS and the Department of Civil Engineering (CE) were restructured into the Department of Building, Civil & Environmental Engineering to administer the academic programs in BE and CE. The CBS remains an active research centre within the Department and continues to act as a knowledge generating engine for the discipline of building engineering. In cooperation with industry, government agencies, and other institutions, the Centre continues to make significant contributions to the planning, design, construction, operation, and renovation of the built facilities and to participate in the development of educational programs for the Department.