BRS accepts contract research, provides consultancy and testing services and develops training programs. It has a cooperative linkage with the Construction Materials and Structures Laboratory (CoMSLab) of the Institute of Civil Engineering (ICE). If the work entails testing or laboratory works, the facilities of CoMSLab are available for use.

UP BRS shall be a renowned institution for research and technical advice, a think tank, on matters relating to building, housing, and other structures. 
Over the next five years we will focus on four thematic areas as follows:

Building Design and Assessment

Structural and Building Design
Structural Assessment and Retrofitting
Structural Health Monitoring
Multi-Hazard Resilient Design
Climate and Disaster Risk Assessment
Post-Disaster Damage Assessment

Materials Development and Testing

Structural Systems Testing
Construction Materials Testing and Evaluation
Non-Destructive Testing and Evaluation
Accelerated Weathering Test
Fire Resistivity Tests (COMING SOON)
Construction Methods & Technologies

Rapid Construction Methodologies
Post-disaster Shelters
Indigenous and Vernacular Construction
Construction Risk Analysis and Management
Construction Safety and Health
Productivity, Time and Motion Studies
Building Information Modelling

Sustainable Buildings and Building Technologies

Energy Audit
Water Audit
Rainwater Harvesting System
Indoor Air Quality
Green Buildings
Life Cycle Assessment for Construction Materials


BRS has a cooperative linkage with the CoMSLab of the ICE. Our testing facilities have been moved to the ICE located at Pardo de Tavera St., ICE Building, UP Diliman Campus, Quezon City. CoMSLab has testing facilities for cement, concrete, soils, aggregates, masonry and other related materials. Field equipment for testing geotechnical properties, such as cone penetrometer, is also available.

Mechanical Testing
  • 200,000 lb-capacity Reihle Universal Testing Machine
  • 300,000 lb-capacity Reihle Universal Testing Machine
  • 2,000 lb-capacity Tinius Olsen Universal Testing Machine
  • 100 kN Instron Universal Testing Machine
  • 10 kN Instron Universal Testing Machine
  • Concrete Mixer
  • Concrete Cutter
  • Concrete Grinder
Concrete Strength and Durability Testing
  • Rebound Hammer
  • Ultrasonic Pulse Velocity Apparatus
  • Rebar Scanner
  • Compressometer and Extensometer Apparatus
  • Concrete Impermeability Apparatus
  • Concrete Coring Machine
Corrosion Testing
  • Half Cell Potential Apparatus
  • Rapid Migration Setups
  • Crack Inspection Kits
  • Crack Microscope
  • Cyclic Wet-and-Dry Apparatus
  • Potentiostat
  • Autotitrator
  • Ion Chromatography Apparatus
Sealant and Related Materials Testing
  • Accelerated Weathering Apparatus
  • Hockman Cycle Tester
  • Durometer
Wall Panel Testing
  • Wall Panel Testing Machine
  • Wind and Rain Penetration Testing Machine (coming soon)
Aggregates Testing
  • Mechanical sieve shaker
  • Los Angeles Abrasion Machine
  • California Bearing Ratio Apparatus
Cement and Mortar Testing
  • Air Content Meter
  • Gilmore Apparatus
  • Blaine Air Permeability Apparatus
  • Vicat Apparatus
  • High Pressure Cement Autoclave Apparatus
  • Mortar Mixer
  • Motorized Flow Table
Asphalt and Pavement Testing
  • Automatic Marshall Compactor
  • Digital Compression Frames
  • Standard Penetrometer
  • Cleveland Flash/Fire Point Tester
  • Centrifuge Extractor
  • Fume Hood
  • Softening Ring and Ball
  • Water Baths
Fire Testing
  • Toxicity Chamber
  • Fire Testing Furnace (coming soon)
  • Cone Penetrometer
  • Manual Auger Boring Apparatus
  • Compaction Molds


Laboratory Address
Institute of Civil Engineering, Pardo de Tavera St.
University of the Philippines, Diliman
Quezon City, Philippines, 1101

VOIP / Email
(Tels) 289818500



BRS has been involved with various government technical committees such as the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the Bureau of Product Standards of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Construction Industry Authority of the Philippines (CIAP). BRS is listed as an alternative testing facility by the Accreditation of Innovative Technologies for Housing and Urban Development (AITECH) of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).

Agency Involvement

Member, Bureau of Product Standards Technical Committee on Cement and Cement-based Products

Member, Bureau of Product Standards Technical Committee on Ceramics and Ceramic Products

Member, Bureau of Product Standards Technical Committee on Lime and Cement

Member, Bureau of Product Standards Technical Committee on Wood and Wood Products

Member, Construction Manpower Development Foundation

Member, Construction Technology Coordinating Committee

Member, Green Choice: The Eco-labeling Program of the Philippines

Member, Technical Committee on Productivity Study

Member, Technical Committee on Standards Development

Member, Technical Working Group 13 – Cement

Member, Technical Panel and Review Committee on Construction
Member, Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI-DOST) – Technical Review Panel
Member, Technical Planning and Review Committee on the Construction Sector

Member, Designated as Alternate Testing Laboratory of AITECH (Accreditation of Innovative Housing Technologies)

Member, Project Development and Monitoring Group – Housing Urban Development Coordinating Council (PDMG – HUDCC) – Inter-Agency Committee for AITECH

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