The Fraunhofer Information Center for Regional Planning and Building Construction IRB is the central facility in Germany for information on building and planning. It provides information on structural engineering, architecture, the construction industry, urban development, housing development and regional planning and building regulations.
The Fraunhofer IRB gathers information from sources in Germany and abroad, and operates the most comprehensive databases in the world devoted to literature on building and construction. The databases of the Fraunhofer IRB are openly available online, allowing direct online searches in its literature and full-text archives which contain building regulations, and many of its own publications (Fraunhofer IRB Verlag).
The IRB information service offers assistance to building and planning professionals. It provides information in response to inquiries about almost any specialist subject by undertaking database searches, providing references to appropriate literature, including its evaluation and acquisition, study of building research reports and bibliographical reviews, and by supplying material on building regulations and product and market data.
Fraunhofer IRB Verlag publishes documentation on building and planning in print and electronic form, as well as research studies from institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.
The institute´s work is objective and unbiased. Leading chambers of commerce, industrial federations and scientific institutions advise and support the Information Center. The Fraunhofer IRB is a member of the International Union of Building Centres (UICB) and various other specialist and research associations.
Fraunhofer-Institut Informationszentrum Raum und Bau
Further information: http://www.irb.fraunhofer.de/