The Construction Industry Research and Policy Center (CIRPC) is a unit of the College of Business Administration at the University of Tennessee. Construction Resources Analysis, the predecessor of the center, was an outgrowth of continuing efforts under four secretaries of labor, beginning with Secretary John Dunlop in 1975, to obtain more accurate information about the construction industry in order to enhance the operation of various government programs concerned with construction.
Historically, the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment Standards Administration, with support from the U.S. Department of Energy and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), funded development of a system of econometric models and databases that provided detailed information, both historical and current, on construction activity for each county in the nation. This system was the foundation of Construction Resources Analysis, established in 1981 at the University of Tennessee, and continues with the Construction Industry Research and Policy Center created in 2001.
CIRPC is organized into the following functional units:
Especially regarding work in the area of construction safety and health, CIRPC collaborates with directors, staff, faculty, and students from several University of TN departments as well as outside entities such as Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training.
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