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FM Advisory Board on the Built Environment (ABBE), National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20418 Telephone: (202) 334-2842 Telex: 248664 NASW UR Cables: NARECO WSH Date of establishment The National Research Council (NRC) was established in 1916 by President Wilson as an agency of the National Academy of Sciences.

The purpose of the National Research Council is to broaden the base of experts providing advice to the government by inviting scientists and engineers outside the Academy's limited membership to serve on advisory boards and committees. The Council has become the principal operating and business arm of the Academies of Science and Engineering. As an operational unit of the National Research Council, ABBE seeks to serve the national interests by fostering the sound development of science and engineering as applied to the built environment, and by promoting their effective application for the benefit of society.