CIB is an Association under Dutch law.

The final responsibility for CIB’s policy lies with the General Assembly, which takes place annually and in which the appointed representatives of the CIB member organisations have the right to participate. At every third annual meeting of the General Assembly that takes place in conjunction with the triennial CIB World Building Congress, the CIB President, other Officers and other members of the Board are elected for a three-year period.


The Board has the following Standing Committees:

OC – Officers’ Committee
PC – Programme Committee
AC – Administrative Committee
MCC – Membership and Communications Committee
SCC – Student Chapters Committee

The elected President is the Chair of the Officers' Committee. The chairs of the Programme and Administrative Committees are elected in position by the General Assembly. The chairs of the Membership and Communications Committee and Student Chapters Committee and the members of all five of these Committees are appointed by the Board.

The Officers’ Committee comprises of the President, the Immediate Past President, two Vice Presidents, the Treasurer (who chairs the AC) and the chair of the Programme Committee. The appointed chairs of the Membership and Communications Committee and Student Chapters Committee attend meetings of the Officers' Committee as permanent guests.

The Programme Committee has a responsibility for the CIB research and innovation-related activities. It makes recommendations to the Board to establish new Commissions and Theme Groups and to appoint new Coordinators. It keeps the activities and performance of those commissions and theme groups under review, and terminates them when appropriate.

The Administrative Committee deals with the CIB finances, membership applications and the functioning of the CIB Secretariat.

The Membership and Communications Committee deals with CIB’s internal and external communications.

The Student Chapters Committee establishes and monitors the performances of the University-based and National CIB Student Chapters.

At the very heart of the CIB organisation are its Commissions, in which appointed representatives of CIB Member Organisations meet, exchange information and collaborate in international projects. These may take the form of either a Task Group with a limited programme that can be accomplished within a defined period, or a Working Commission.

Each Commission has a defined scope and objectives and a defined work programme with deliverables. Each Commission is chaired by a Coordinator or by two Joint Coordinators who facilitate the Commission's activities and who communicate on its behalf with the CIB Programme Committee and with the CIB General Secretariat and in some cases also with other Organisations with which a Commission has a liaison.

University Members can have CIB Student Chapters, in which student members exchange information and collaborate in projects and topics that relate to the CIB scope and objectives.

CIB Commissions can set up International Student Chapters, in which student members from Universities from all over the worlds exchange information and collaborate on topics within the scope and objectives of a Commission.

As of 2019 the CIB General Secretariat is located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and operates under the supervision of the CIB Chief Executive. It serves the CIB Members, Commissions and Theme Groups, Student Chapters and Board.

Since 2019 the CIB has had a Services Agreement with the Association for Innovation in Building in Construction (AIBC), a Canadian-registered Not-for-profit Corporation created for the purpose, to provide secretariat and other services. Its Members and Board members closely mirror the Board of CIB.