Significant Achievements

  • Production of pozzolana (a highly active cementitious material) from bauxite waste which is available in Ghana in great abundance. Pozzolana can replace 40% of Portland cement in sandcrete blocks and mortar for construction purposes
  • Production of pedestrian and light traffic pavement bricks.
  • Production of lime from limestone and clam shells for building construction and for stabilizing road base. A prototype vertical kiln has been constructed which has a capacity of 200kg hydrated lime per day. High-capacity kilns have also been designed.
  • Development of labour-intensive, small and medium-scale brick factories which use hand-moulding techniques and wood-fired or oil-fired kilns. Roofing tiles have also been developed.
  • Data have been assembled on the resistance of over 80 species of Ghanaian timber against attacks by termites and micro-organisms.
  • Inspection, evaluation and treatment of new and existing building sites for termites infestation.
  • Construction of prototype laminated timber bridge on River Subin at Kaase, Kumasi, from local timber species which are considered as not being of immediate export value. Species like Kusia, Dahoma and Afina have been identified as durable materials for bridge construction.
  • Design and feasibility studies on brickmasonry arch bridges.
  • Information and data on engineering, geological and geotechnical characteristics of Ghanaian soil for construction purposes.
  • Preparation of a Ghana Building Code which is being extensively used in the country.
  • Information is available from Axle Load Distribution studies on the main roads of the country.
  • Construction of a pyrolytic converter which converts agricultural and timber waste into char, oil and gas.
  • Road Safety management involving accident data collection, processing analyzing and identification of accident blackspots on the major road networks for improvement by the road agencies.
  • Creation of national road traffic accident database at the CSIR-BRRI to support road safety education, campaigns, enforcement and research.
  • Training of the Police and Highway/Traffic Engineers in Road Safety Applications.
  • Documented accident statistics for use by the National Road Safety Commission, the police, researchers and NGOs.
  • Consultancy services for major projects such as the Kumasi Roads Rehabilitation Project, the National Science and Technology Library and Informaton Centre, proposed SSNIT District Housing Scheme, and others.
  • Design and supervision of the Primary Education Rehabilitation Project (PERP)
  • Management Improvement Training for Artisans and Technicians on cost savings technologies.
  • Management Improvement training for small-scale contractors to enhance their managerial abilities in construction.
  • Improved earth construction technology to enhance service life of earth buildings.
  • Development of construction price adjustment formulae for project cost fluctuations.
  • Development and publication of monthly construction cost indices since 1994.
  • Development of cost-saving buildings technologies eg, precast lintels, hydrofill substructure; the application of these yielded at least 20% saving in construction cost in comparison with conventional systems.
  • Improved use of laterite building material; demonstration buildings have been constructed at Kokoben, Ashanti Region and Gambibigo (Upper Region).
  • Contribution to university work through part-time lecturing and supervision of theses of both undergraduate and post-graduate students.
  • Improved (new) laterite building material; prototype buildings is under construction at Fumesua near Ejisu (Ashanti Region).

Contact Us

The Director, 
Building & Road Research Institute, 
University P. O. Box 40, 
Kumasi, Ghana

Telephone: +233-032-206-0064