The Belgian Building Research Institute is a private research institute founded in 1960 under impulse of the National Federation of Belgian Building Contractors in application of the so-called "De Groote" decreelaw of 1947.
Specifically, this decree-law named after the former Minister of Economic Affairs aimed at promoting applied research in industry order to improve its competitiveness.
In application of this law the statutory contributing members of BBRI are the more than 65 000 Belgian construction companies (general contractors, carpenters, glaziers, plumbers, roofers, floorers, plasterers, painters, etc..) most of which are SMEs.

According to its statutes BBRI has the following three main missions:
  • to perform scientific and technical research for the benefit of its members
  • to supply technical information, assistance and consultancy to its members
  • to contribute in general to innovation and development in the construction sector in particular by performing contract research upon request of the industry and the authorities.
To fulfil its mission BBRI pools on the expertise of some 200 highly skilled and motivated staff members with widely varying education, allowing as such to set up multidisciplinary teams as required by the problems to be dealt with.