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Housing & Building National Research Center


Urban Training & Studies Institute


Ass. Prof. Dr. Doaa M. El-Sherif

UTI Executive Director

1997 ـــ 2010

1- About HBRC & UTI

Housing & Building National Research Center


  • Housing & Building National Research Centre– (HBRC) is a national governmental research establishment which was founded in 1954. It is subordinated to the Ministry of Housing, Utilities, and Urban Communities.

  • HBRC performs a leading role in enhancing the performance of housing & building sector through scientific research, consultations and training for the purpose of improving the living and environmental conditions of cities in Egypt & Middle East.

  • It has more than 300 Academic staff in different fields related to urban development.

Housing & Building National Research Center


  • HBRC Mission Statement is to carry out all urban policy studies and researches, conducting applied researches for the construction field and capacity building.

  • Development of Building Codes & Technical Specifications is one of the main responsibilities of HBRC.

  • Building Codes include:

    • Building Service Codes

    • Building & Safety Codes

    • Specialized Building Codes

    • Technical Specifications

Building Service Codes

  • Using treated wastewater in different purposes

  • • Design & installation of potable water & sewage pipelines

  • • Executing conditions of potable water, sanitary wastewater and lifting plants

  • • Executing conditions of sanitary plumbing engineering inside buildings

  • • Moisture & water insulation in buildings

  • • Interior Electrical installation

  • • Hydraulic and electrical elevators

  • • Air conditioning and cooling systems, and

  • • Operating and maintenance of potable water

  • purification & wastewater treatment plants

Building & Safety Codes

  • Soil mechanics and foundations

  • • RC structures

  • • Steel structures (buildings and bridges)

  • • Masonry buildings

  • • Loads & forces on structures & buildings

  • • Fire protection

  • • Specifications of multi utilities structures safety

  • • Housing design and planning criteria

  • • Construction project management

Specialized Building Codes

  • Building Requirements for Disabled

  • • Founding on Rocks

  • • Urban and Rural Highways & Bridges

  • • Structural Composite Materials,

  • • Energy Efficiency in Residential and Commercial Buildings

  • • Plastering (internal- external- special)

Focus of session

  • UTI as the training institute of HBRC

  • UTI Foundation

  • UTI Activities

    • Training

    • National Researches

    • Workshops & Seminars

    • Consultancy

  • UTI Partners

  • UTI Available Resources

  • The establishment of the Egyptian Green Building Council (EGBC)

  • 2- UTI Foundation

    National Policy of the Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities

    Capacity Building For Local Government

    Decentralization of Managing Urban and Socio-economic Projects in Cities

    Capacity Building for Local government to manage and implement urban development projects

    Istanbul Summit 1996

    Urban Training& Studies Institute (UTI)

    Establishment of a Regional and National Training Institute for Capacity Building of Experts working in the field of housing and urban development

    Aiming at achieving Sustainable Development for Egyptian Cities through capacity building



    Dutch Government

    Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities



    Training and Research in Housing and Urban Development Project


    Urban Training & Studies Institute UTI

    3- UTI Activities




    Green Construction


    Analyzing Egyptian case studies and local context

    Regular training programs

    Upgrading Informal and urban Deteriorated Areas

    Participatory Urban Planning & Management

    Comparative studies with international cases

    Tailor-made training

    Project Management



    Workshops and Expert Group Meetings

    Regular Training Courses

    Tailor-made Training Courses on both National and Regional Levels

    Institutionalization and Sustainability of Training and Capacity Building!!


    Around 7000 participants were trained at UTI over the period 1997 – 2010 in different fields of training

    Imposing the Different aspects of Urban Development


    Main Training Regular Programs

    Urban Development.

    Heritage Areas Preservation.

    Environmental management

    Green Construction.

    Project Management.

    Management of Infrastructure Projects.

    Geographic information system.

    3- UTI Partners

    International Partners

    International partnerships including:

    • Netherlands institutes (IHS, ITC),

    • German Technical Cooperation (GTZ),

    • United Nations Program for Human Settlements (UN-Habitat),

    • University of Vienna and the University of Stuttgart;

      Helps to build a good combination of local and international expertise in different disciplines and to work in a multicultural context.

    National Partners

    At the National level; UTI works in close cooperation with a number of Egyptian partners:

    • Egyptian Green Building Council (EGBC),

    • General organization for Physical Planning (GOPP),

    • Egyptian Environmental Agency Affairs (EEAA),

    • Centre of Environment & Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE),

    • Social Fund for Development (SFD) and

    • Cairo & Ain Shams Universities.

    4- UTI Resources

    UTI Available Resources

    UTI is occupying a full floor of 600m2 with 20 permanent technical and administrative staff

    3 major training classrooms

    GIS lab and facilities

    Specialized library

    Office spaces and facilities

    UTI Available Resources


    The establishment of the Egyptian Green Building Council (EGBC)

    Prof. Manal El-Batran

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