Kumasi, GNA - An appeal has been made to the government to consider involving the Building and Road Research Institute (BRRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in its mass housing scheme for workers in the country.

Mr James Ofri-Atuahene, Marketing Officer of the BRRI, who made the appeal, said involvement of the institute in the scheme would help reduce cost of buildings since the BRRI normally use local materials for its housing developments. He was speaking to the Ghana News Agency in an interview in Kumasi on Thursday. He said the use of local materials like burnt bricks would also enable the BRRI to create job opportunities for people in the local communities, as well as the numerous idling artisans.

Fumesua, (Ash), GNA- The Building and Road Research Institute (BRRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, has warned that Government's effort to provide affordable houses to workers would not be achieved if the focus is not on the use of local building materials.

Mr Kwaku Amoah-Mensah, Director of the BRRI said the use of imported and foreign building materials was "swelling up the cost of building".

Opening Ceremony
The conference meeting began at 9:40AM with an opening prayer by Arc. Joseph Agyei Danquah of CSIR-BRRI.
Introducing the Chairman, Alhaji Yahaya H. Yakubu (Director of Housing, Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing, MWRW&H) said Arc. Osei Kwame Agyemang is a young practising Architect who had built his career and now assumed the leadership of the Ghana Institute of Architects.
In his opening remarks, the Chairman said he was happy that all stakeholders in the built environment had gathered to discuss the numerous challenges in the urban environment. He urged all to be circumspect of social considerations in proposing solutions and manage information disseminated during the workshop for the betterment of society.

Kuntanase (Ash), GNA- The Building and Road Research Institute (BRRI) in conjunction with some district assemblies are to campaign for the use of bricks for construction of projects. The Institute would also sensitise people on market avenues for brick products in some communities throughout the country.

Mr Baiden Amissah, Project Co-ordinator of BRRI, said this at the handing over ceremony of two semi-detached bungalows built by the Bosomtwe-Atwima-Kwanwoma District Assembly at Kuntanase on Tuesday.

A 23-member delegation from Southern Sudan visited CSIR-BRRI on Thursday, March 31, 2011 to learn about the National Road Crash Data Gathering Processes, Coding, Analysis and Reporting. As a new Nation, the delegation was in the country to learn about best practices in road safety management.

Their leaders were received and welcomed by the Director in his office after which two presentations were made by Ing. Eugene Atiemo, Director, and Ing. Francis K. Afukaar, Deputy Director at the Conference Room. The delegation later visited the National Accident data Centre. They were impressed by what they heard and saw and promised to follow up in future.

On Monday, February 21, 2011, the CSIR-BRRI launched an updated version of the Seismic Code book authored   by Dr. Kwamena Amonoo-Neizer, a Chief Research Scientist and former Acting Director of CSIR-BRRI, at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Accra.

The event, which was chaired by Prof. E.H. Amonoo-Neizer, CSIR Council Chairman, whose elder brother authored the book, attracted many engineers, contractors and consultants.

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