BRIEFS – 28 October 2009 – CRC for Construction Innovation chair, John V. McCarthy, will become the first Australian to become president of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) after the board voted him to the position at its 13 October meeting in Belgium. The vote is expected to be ratified by World Building Congress delegates in May next year.

Mr McCarthy is currently chair of the interim board of the CRC’s  new Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre, which will succeed the CRC for Construction Innovation.

Chief executive officer of the CRC for Construction Innovation, Keith Hampson  reports that the centre aims to start in January next year, based at Queensland University of Technology.

He also said the CRC’s Round 12 application to the Australian Government for a Virtual Built Environment has been shortlisted for funding by the Federal Government and will now progress to interview.

“Securing funding through this new CRC will enable world-class digital modelling research for a more sustainable Australian built environment industry,” Dr Hampson said.