Center for Better Living contributes to the realization of safer, more reliable, environmentally friendly and sustainable housing and communities through evaluation, testing, registration, and other activities related to architectural design, construction, products and materials and creative research.
Toshiyuki Inoue, President
History and Present Status
The Center for Better Living (CBL) was established in 1973, after being granted approval from the Ministry of Construction (currently known as the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism) with the aim of contributing to improvement in living standards of its citizens. In the following year of 1974, CBL started work on certifying Quality Housing Components (BL Components) after being designated as an organization to evaluate BL Components. CBL opened a Performance Test Laboratory in 1981 focusing on housing components related items in Tsukuba city and then aimed at developing and improving various test and research functions. Furthermore, CBL dealt with matters including the dissemination of ISO management system standards, the revision of the Building Standards Law and the establishment of the Housing Quality Assurance Act and went on to implement a variety of assessment work. Currently, as a fair and neutral third-party organization, CBL conscientiously performs survey research as well as work for evaluating, testing and registering the design, construction, components and materials for buildings including housing. As Japan becomes a society with a decreasing and elderly population, initiatives are being urgently sought for matters such as the decreasing birth rate and aging population, and the preservation of the global environment as well as safety and security. These issues also influence the state of housing and construction. CBL will face these issues head on from the position of a standards certification and test research organization for housing and buildings and will continue to contribute towards improving the quality of living, housing and buildings in Japan.