The Building and Road Research Institute (BRRI) is one of the 13 research Institutes of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Ghana. The BRRI was established in 1952 as the West African Building Research Institute in Accra. The Institute became known as Building Research Institute of the Ghana Academy of Sciences in 1960. In 1963 when the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi faced acute shortage of lecturers in architectural, engineering, planning, quantity surveying, etc. The then Government of Ghana found it prudent to relocate the Institute to the KNUST campus. This was to enable the Institute to offer its facilities and services of its research staff to support the University. In 1964 the Institute's mandate was expanded to include road research duties and hence its new name "THE BUILDING AND ROAD RESEARCH INSTITUTE, (BRRI). At the same time the BRRI was included in the KUMASI SCIENCE CITY DEVELOPMENT project under which all the then existing research Institutes in Kumasi namely, the BRRI, the Forestry Research Institute of Ghana (FORIG) and the Crops Research Institute (CRI) were to be relocated to the Science City Campus at Fumesua. In pursuance of this, the BRRI moved to its permanent office at Fumesua in January 1995.

The vision of CSIR-BRRI is to become a commercial-oriented research and development organisation in the construction industry.

The mission of CSIR-BRRI is to profitably provide research and development processes, products and services to the building and road sectors for the socio-economic development of Ghana

The objectives of the CSIR-BRRI are as follows:
  • To undertake Research and Development of local building materials for shelter construction;
  • To tailor research and development activities to national needs;
  • To generate 30% of the institute's budgetary needs;
  • To undertake public good research;
  • To embark on profitable contract research with industries;
  • To improve safety on roads in Ghana;
  • To undertake research into all aspects of building and road design and construction with the view to ensuring efficiency, safety and economy; and
  • To develop construction materials from local source.