CIRIA is the construction industry research and information association. It is an independent, not-for-profit, member-based research organisation that exists to champion performance improvement in construction. Since 1960 CIRIA has delivered support and guidance to the construction, built environment and infrastructure sectors. CIRIA works with members from all parts of the supply chain to co-ordinate collaborative projects, industry networks and events. High quality guidance is delivered to industry through a range of performance improvement activities.

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Business Type:
Professional association
Industry Type:
Construction & Construction Materials
Market Focus:
Internationally (various countries)

CIRIA is the construction industry research and information association. As a neutral, independent, not-for-profit body, we link organisations with common interests and facilitate a range of collaborative activities that help improve the industry.

Improvement, innovation and research
Our work addresses industry issues, challenges and opportunities to provide business and delivery improvement. We work collaboratively across the construction industry to identify best practice, develop new approaches and to identify and enable innovation.
Networks and networking
Our networks enable industry groups and stakeholders to share knowledge and exchange ideas through events, reports, meetings and web services.

Networks and events also provide unique opportunities for networking and relationship building across supply chains and market sectors.

Training and CPD
Our training courses, training packs and CPD events cover a wide range of construction and built environment related topics. We also organise in-house training.

Membership of CIRIA provides access to all our services and a cost effective research, information and training resource that keeps organisations up-to-date with emerging policies, requirements, developments and guidance.

Engagement and Influence
We are an independent forum for industry innovation and improvement. We engage with policy groups, government sponsors and regulators, clients, consultants, contractors and suppliers, which provides our members with a unique insight to new and emerging developments and the opportunity to influence policy and industry development.

Conferences and events
Our programme of conferences and events is designed to raise awareness, share knowledge and to promote discussion on new and emerging topics.
Most of our research projects and activities result in the publication of guidance documents, many of which have been adopted as the standard for excellence in their respective areas. CIRIA Members can also access these guides in our resources section.

Information services
Our activities place us in a unique position to gain an early insight into policy and regulation development, changing operating environments and new developments in construction techniques and materials. Our newsletters, briefings and events are designed to keep members informed on developments affecting both construction and the wider built environment.

Collaborative working, bringing together different disciplines and stakeholders, is widely recognised and advocated as being a key to achieving the improvements in performance targeted in the HM Government Industry Strategy Construction 2025.

From its inception in 1960, CIRIA has recognised and put these principles into practice, and in 2014 we published our 1,000th collaboratively developed project.

CIRIA’s collaborative and peer-review process has been used to produce independent and authoritative guidance across a range of topics and in a variety of media, usually tackling topics at interfaces between disciplines, regulators, operators and other stakeholders.

The success of CIRIA projects relies on its appointed authors, project steering group (PSG) and chairmen, project funders and the many other stakeholders who contribute to CIRIA guides. The following quotes are from a small selection of those who have participated in RP1000 and/or other projects over the years.

CIRIA’s Advisory Panels comprise elected Core Members with a three year term of office. Nominations for vacancies are sought from nominated representatives in November each year. There are four Advisory Panels covering:

  • building and construction process and technology
  • ground engineering
  • environment and sustainability
  • water

Building and Construction Process and Technology Panel

  • This Advisory Panel is concerned with building, civil engineering and construction process and technology as a whole. The range of research projects cover:
  • the theory and practice of design
  • (above-ground) construction
  • in-service performance of buildings and other civil engineering structures
  • materials technology and application
  • maintenance and refurbishment techniques
  • client role and responsibilities
  • project procurement
  • legal and contractual issues
  • health and safety
  • project communications
  • IT
  • quality management in construction
  • design processes
  • construction economics
  • property management

Water Panel

This Advisory Panel is concerned with all aspects of the water environment. The Panel’s aim is to improve the understanding and practice of water engineering and management through projects, publications and workshops covering technical, legal, administrative and environmental issues. Themes include:

  • urban drainage
  • coastal and marine engineering
  • rivers and waterways
  • dams and reservoirs
  • water treatment
  • water supply
  • flood risk management
  • ports and harbours.

This Panel works closely with UK water operators, regulators and local and national government.

Ground Engineering Panel
This Advisory Panel seeks to advance the knowledge and practice of geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering and underground construction, through projects concerned with:

  • the character and behaviour of the ground
  • the physical characteristics of soils and rocks
  • foundations and other temporary and permanent structures within the ground
  • earth and rock materials
  • the performance of structures in relation to the ground
  • the effects of changing environments remediating ground contamination
  • improving contract practices in ground engineering activities.

The Panel is also leading CIRIA’s work on railway engineering and associated topics.

Environment Panel
This Advisory Panel provides a focus for CIRIA’s work on crosscutting environmental and sustainable construction issues with an emphasis on:
environmental management

  • contaminated land
  • waste minimisation and resource use
  • broader studies concerning the industry’s awareness and response to environmental and sustainability issues.