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Construction research protects Canadians at home, at work and everywhere in between. NRC is creating better cities by developing more efficient construction materials, improved indoor environments, national building codes, safer structures and more durable and effective public infrastructure systems.
The Industry Sector
Responsible for building the nation's physical infrastructure, the construction sector has a major bearing on the quality of life of Canadians. With revenues of $171.8 billion in 2006, the construction sector produces 12% of our GDP. It employs over a million Canadians, in 260,000 enterprises, most of them with five employees or less. Fragmentation in the sector contributes to a low R&D investment, at less than 0.1% of revenues.
Drivers of change for construction industry include: labour shortage and global competition; greenhouse gas emission reduction; consumers requesting healthier indoor environments; and water issues.
For over 60 years, NRC has provided significant scientific efforts in support of the construction sector through its NRC Institute for Research in Construction. With the key sector approach, NRC will generate additional innovation opportunities to industry by leveraging its extensive expertise across various disciplines and institutes throughout Canada.
NRC Key Sector Multi-Institute Opportunities
Institutes involved in this activity are: NRC-IIT, NRC-IRC, NRC-IMS, NRC-SIMS and NRC-HIA.
Joint initiative with NRC-IRC, NRC-IFCI, NRC-ICPET, and NRC-IRAP
NRC-IRAP, NRC-IRC and NRC-Business Support are working together on this initiative.