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FINLAND TECHNICAL RESEARCH CENTRE, DIVISION FOR BUILDING TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT (Vow Vuoimiehentie 5 02150 Espoo 15 CONTACT: P. Jaubo, General Director MISSION: National research laboratory and testing institute. PRIMARY WORK: Performs research In the following areas: soils and foundations, structural mechanics, concretes, fire technology, heating and ventilating, land use, renovation, forest products related to raw materials, economics, community planning, environmental protection, road construction and traffic engineering. SOURCE OF FINANCES: Government and fees for services. PUBLICATIONS: Research reports and notes, proceedings, and annual report. FRANCE FRENCH PRECAST CONCRETE STUDY AND RESEARCH CENTER (CERIB) rue des Longs Reages BP 59 F 28230 Epernon CONTACT: Michel Darcemont, General Director MISSION: To serve as the technical industrial center for French precast concrete. PRIMARY WORK: Undertakes research dealing with the manufacture and use of concrete products, provides technical assistance, disseminates information, trains engineers and technicians, performs quality control and standardization through AFNOR (French quality mark), and prepares codes of practice. SOURCE OF FINANCES: Levy on concrete manufacturers and contracts for research. PUBLICATIONS: Technical publications, monographs, and quarterly reports. MEDITERRANEAN CENTER FOR RESEARCH AND APPLIED STUDIES IN INDUSTRY AND CONSTRUCTION (CEMEREX) rue no. 14 13127 Vitrolles Marseille CON~ACI: Rene Bertrandy, Manager 123
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MISSION: To provide technical assistance to French building companies worldwide. PRIMARY WORK: Performs work in soil mechanics, laboratory management, civil works and building materials, acoustics and vibrations, and nondestructive testing. SOURCE OF FINANCES: Government and fees for research. PUBLICATIONS: Journal, monthly reports, and research reports. SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL RESEARCH CENTER (CSTB) 4 avenue Recteur Poincare 75782 Paris Cedex 16 CONTACT: Pierre Chemillier, Director MISSION: National building research laboratory providing the building community with improved building practices. PRIMARY WORK: Performs research and testing in construction technology, building equipment, HVAC, acoustics, fire safety, economics, architectural research, structural loads, and robotics. SOURCE OF FINANCES: Government, contract research, and sales of publications. PUBLICATIONS: Monthly journal, technical standards ant} codes of practice, and research reports. WOOD AND FURNITURE TECHNICAL CENTER (CTB) 10 avenue de Saint-Mande 75012 Paris CONIACI: Daniel Guinard, General Director MISSION: A primary testing center to encourage the application of wood products and to improve raw material recovery and product quality. PRIMARY WORK: Provides fundamental and applied studies to improve the knowledge of wood materials; undertakes standardization and quality control activities; manages the French standard (NF) mark and CTB quality labels; provides technical support to industry, links to international organizations, and documentation of information. SOURCE OF FINANCES: Fees for contracts, sales of publications, and grants. PUBLICATIONS: Periodic and specialty publications. 124
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TECHNICAL CENTER FOR AIR HANDLING AND HEATING INDUSTRIES Plateau du Moulon-B.P. 19 91402 Orsay Cedax CONTACT: Sulejman Bec~rspahic MISSION: To promote technical progress and contribute to improving efficiency and quality of air handlers and heating equipment. PRIMARY WORK Provides work in heating, combustion, air-han~ing techniques, energy conservation, calibration, and training. SOURCE OF FINANCES: Government and fees for services. PUBLICATIONS: Recommendations, research reports, and specialty publications. PUBLIC WORKS RESEARCH LABORATORY (LCPC) 58 boulevard Lefebvre 75732 Paris Cedex 15 CONTACT: Jean Frances Coste, Director MISSION: To serve as central laboratory for roads, structures, bridges, civil engineering materials, and the environment. PRIMARY WORK: Performs research in the following areas: materials, structures, painting, geotechnical, soil and rock mechanics, water and environment, inspection and pathology of construction works, and documentation of scientific and technical information. SOURCE OF FINANCES: Government. PUBLICATIONS: Bimonthly bulletin, recommendations, technical information notes, catalogues, and research reports. FRENCH CENTRAL HYDRAULICS LABORATORY (LCHF) rue Eugene Renault 10 94700 Maison-Alfort CONTACT: P. Pru~homme, General Director MISSION: To serve private hydraulics engineering and water management organizations. PRIMARY WORK: Performs work in maritime and river hydraulics and information processing. SOURCE OF FINANCES: Private grants. PUBLICATIONS: Research reports and specialized reviews. 125
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QUALITEL 136 Ed Germain 75006 Paris CONTACT: Claude Trehin, Managing Director MISSION: To improve the quality of new construction and certify the quality of the technical conception of a project with the "Label Qualitel~ trademark. Through a valuation method the trademark considers heat insulation, soundproofing mside and outside the building, installation of electricity, plumbing, frontage, and roof coating. PRIMARY WORK Aids professionals to conceive quality projects, value the qualitative content of the projects before definitive construction, allow improvement, deliver Quality Label, and provide consumer information on quality housing. SOURCE OF FINANCES: Profits. PUBLICATIONS: Guide Qualitel (valuation method) and information seminars. SYNDICATES OF REINFORCED CONCRETES AND INDUSTRIALIZED TECHNIQUES (SNBATI) 9 rue la Perouse 75784 Paris Cedex 16 CONTACT: Phillipe Levaux, President MISSION: To stimulate innovation in the civil engineering industry. PRIMARY WORK Provides training and research in fire, soils, materials, pathology, concrete, structures, and equipment; documentation and seminars. SOURCE OF FINANCES: Subscription from member firms. PUBLICATIONS: Research results, professional journals, syndicate journal, and other specialty publications. INTERPROFESSIONAL TECHNICAL UNION OF NATIONAL FEDERATIONS OF BUILDING AND PUBLIC WORKS (VTI) 6-14 rue la Perouse 75784 Paris Cedex 16 CONTACT: J. Brunier, President MISSION: Primary testing laboratory to improve building practices and further the progress of the construction industry. 126