NBRRI was established to conduct integrated applied Research and Development into the various aspects of the building and construction sectors of the economy. The mandate was later in 1993 expanded to include R&D into all aspects of Engineering Materials related to the construction industry. In the Act setting up of NBRRI, she is required to conduct research on:
- Local building and construction materials to determine the most effective and economic methods of their utilization.
- Architectural design of buildings to suit Nigerian climatic conditions with respect to lighting, ventilation, thermal comfort and humidity.
- The design and performance of functional units in buildings including electrical installations, plumbing, painting, drainage, ventilation and air-conditioning system.
- Local construction, foundation and earth-works for buildings and bridges, especially on problem soils.
Professor Samson Duna,