Building Materials Science Division
BITRI’s Building Materials Science Division focuses on needs-based Research and Development (R&D) of new/innovative building materials, derived from naturally-occurring raw materials and/or industrial by-products/waste.
Primarily, the Division is focused on:
- Development of new/innovative building materials, using naturally-occurring raw materials and/or industrial by-products/waste; and
- Exploitation of locally available natural raw materials and by-products/waste of local industry, is prioritized.
In addition, to the primary R&D focus area, the Division also focuses on the following R&D related areas:-
- Identifying new/innovative applications of conventional building materials.
- Enhancing the performance of conventional building materials.
- Developing technologies for recycling of conventional building materials.
- Testing both new/innovative and conventional building materials for fitness for purpose.
In tandem with the above, the Division engages in the following non-R&D activities:-
- Evaluating the performance of building materials for the purposes of fitness for purpose certification (in collaboration with Botswana Bureau of Standards)
- Evaluating the cost-effectiveness of the production and application of new/ innovative building materials.
- Hand-holding entities that take up new/innovative building materials technologies developed in-house.
- The Kgalagadi Sand Building Block/ Brick (KSBB) Technology roll out.
- Developing procedures for specification, selection, quality assurance and application of both new/ innovative and conventional building materials.