CIU's research in building materials primary scope is to ensure durability and ability to withstand natural disasters. Building materials form the essence of the construction sector. Cost effective production with compliance to established standards and regulations are the primary concern of authorities since buildings are places which house humans. Safety of humans is not only the responsibility of building contractors who build in compliance to established regulations but also the responsibility of the building materials producer whose materials give form to the structure of the building. Design failures can be detected at the drawing board level but material failures can only be detected after subjecting materials to the relevant tests. Many tests are carried out by the professionals and authorities before certifying building materials as fit to be used for construction; however flaws of the producer and the contractors' greed do at times cause many mishaps which can lead to major disasters.