The CSTB takes a systemic approach to the socio-economic challenges of safety, health and comfort and the environment and energy, as they apply to buildings, neighborhoods and cities. It also guides stakeholders in their digital transformation, to optimize their activities and projects by implementing BIM and new technologies.
It mobilizes its expertise to support public policy decision-makers, the builders and users of buildings and the urban environment.
In 2018, the CSTB began a new research cycle. The R&D program for 2025, anticipating the disruptions to come, aims to guide the construction sector through the major transformations it must undergo. In 2020, it reformed its research steering policy, leading to four strategic areas of focus:
- Buildings and neighborhoods that promote harmonious living Buildings and cities faced with climate change
- Innovation and reliability in construction and renovation
- The circular economy and resources for construction
The research of the CSTB is integrated into the programs of the French Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Innovation. It is also carried out through partnerships funded by the EU and through French programs.
Research partnerships of the CSTB are a major focus for developing and supporting innovation and improving usability. The research partnerships of the CSTB are built on knowledge gained through research and on a solid understanding of the market’s public and private stakeholders, enabling full-scale experimentation and deployment of innovative projects. The contract research and expertise of the CSTB focuses on projects in the areas of Digital Technologies, Energy & Environment, Indoor Air Quality and Risk Mitigation.
Finally, the CSTB guides industrial companies in the design phase of new solutions, in order to help them optimize the performance and launch of their products on the national and international markets.