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SINGAPORE NATIONAL UNIVERSITY, FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE AND BUILDINGS Kent Ridge Campus Singapore 0511 CONTACT: Registrar MISSION: Education and research to improve building practices. PRIMARY WORK: Undertakes research in architectural design, planning, acoustics, lighting, energy conservation and renewal, structures, thermal behavior, economics, and management. SOURCE OF FINANCES: Government. PUBLICATIONS: Research reports and articles in professional journals. SOI)IlI AFRICA AGREMENT BOARD OF SOUTH AFRICA P.O. Box 395 Pretoria 0001 CONTACT: C. J. Schlotfeldt, General Manager MISSION: To perform Agrement certification procedures for more effective use of resources and improved product quality. PRIMARY WORK: Evaluates fitness-for-purpose of building innovations, establishes performance criteria and test methods, and certifies and monitors quality. SOURCE OF FINANCES: Fees for services and government. PUBLICATIONS: Performance criteria, certifications, e~lanatory/promotional documents, indexes of certifications and publications, and annual report. BUILDING INDUSTRIES FEDERATION (SOUTH AFRICA) (BIFSA) Federated Insurance House 1 De Villiers Street 11359 Johannesburg CONTACT: Robert Zylstra, Executive Director MISSION: To promote good building and safety practices and labor relations. PRIMARY WORK: Performs work in economics, education and training, materials, housing, safety, and information. 176
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SOURCE OF FINANCES: Fees for services and government. PUBLICATIONS: Manuals, annual report, training documents, and guidelines. NATIONAL BUILDING RESEARCH INSTIlIJTE (NBRI) P.O. Box 395 Pretoria 0001 CONTACT: John Morris, Chief Director MISSION: National research laboratory to improve technology and to solve national problems with an emphasis on housing. PRIMARY WORK: Performs research on housing, building services, energy consumption and conservation, environmental engineering, lighting, acoustics, natural ventilation, Agrement and building regulations, fire engineering, materials, concrete, paints, structural and geotechnical engineering, economics, and information delivery. SOURCE OF FINANCES: Government and contracted research. PUBLICATIONS: Research reports, proceedings, abstracts, information sheets, technical notes, articles in professional journals, and list of publications. NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR TRANSPORT AND ROAD RESEARCH (NITRR) P.O. Box 395 Pretoria 0001 CONTACT: R. N. Walker, Chief Director MISSION: To undertake research and development and to promote their implementation so as to make the transportation of people and goods in southern Africa more economical, efficient, safe, and socially responsible. PRIMARY WORK: Performs research on design, construction, and maintenance of roads and bridges and provides testing services; conducts research into road and vehicle safety; researches and provides data on the following aspects of transportation: planning and development, statistics, economics, and marketing. SOURCE OF FINANCES: Government. PUBLICATIONS: Research reports, bulletins, various series, digest, technical recommendations, technical methods, abstracts, urban transport guidelines, and specialty publications. 177