Role of the Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment

The Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment (BICE) was established by the National Research Council (NRC) in 1946 as the Building Research Advisory Board. BICE and its predecessor organizations have been the principal units of the NRC concerned with the relationship between the constructed and natural environments and their interaction with human activities. Principal areas of focus include:

  • Human factors and the built environment,

  • Project management methods,

  • Construction methods and materials,

  • Security of facilities and critical infrastructure,

  • Multihazard mitigation methods,

  • Construction and utilization of underground space, and

  • Infrastructure and community building.

The BICE brings together experts from a wide range of scientific, engineering, and social science disciplines to discuss potential studies of interest; develop and frame study tasks; ensure proper project planning; suggest possible reviewers for reports produced by fully independent ad hoc study committees; and convene meetings to examine strategic issues. The board members listed in the front of this document were not asked to endorse the committee’s conclusions or recommendations, nor did they see the final draft of this report before its release.

Additional information about the BICE can be obtained online at http://www.nationalacademies.org/bice.



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Review and Assessment of the Health and Productivity Benefits of Green Schools: An Interim Report Role of the Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment The Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment (BICE) was established by the National Research Council (NRC) in 1946 as the Building Research Advisory Board. BICE and its predecessor organizations have been the principal units of the NRC concerned with the relationship between the constructed and natural environments and their interaction with human activities. Principal areas of focus include: Human factors and the built environment, Project management methods, Construction methods and materials, Security of facilities and critical infrastructure, Multihazard mitigation methods, Construction and utilization of underground space, and Infrastructure and community building. The BICE brings together experts from a wide range of scientific, engineering, and social science disciplines to discuss potential studies of interest; develop and frame study tasks; ensure proper project planning; suggest possible reviewers for reports produced by fully independent ad hoc study committees; and convene meetings to examine strategic issues. The board members listed in the front of this document were not asked to endorse the committee’s conclusions or recommendations, nor did they see the final draft of this report before its release. Additional information about the BICE can be obtained online at http://www.nationalacademies.org/bice.