The Bautechnische Versuchs- und Forschungsanstalt (bvfs) emerged from the material testing laboratory of the Glockner-Kaprun power plant group.

The “state authorization” to issue research results as “public law documents” (certificates) was issued.

The materials testing laboratory was relocated from Kaprun to Salzburg.

The material testing laboratory was threatened by the dissolution of its former owners. The then governor DDr. LECHNER initiated a reorganization in the form of today’s nonprofit association Gemeinnütziger Verein für Bautechnische Versuchs- und Forschungsarbeiten Salzburg (vbvfs), which acquired the institute. The task was to independently reorient the operation of the institute according to private-sector principles.

The institute work was taken up on 1 March 1968 in the new legal form as a non-profit association.

The accession of Austria to the European Union led to a transfer of the institute to an accredited Testing Laboratory and Inspection Body. Thus, the legal conditions were also given for international activity.

The bvfs was also state accredited as a Calibration Laboratory within the framework of the Austrian Calibration Service (ÖKD).

The bvfs was authorized as a Verification Body for scales number 542. The Verification Body is operated in cooperation with small and medium-sized companies from the scales industry based in Austria.

The bvfs is expanding its range of services to include a state-accredited certification body. With the notification in 2013 (NB No. 1086), certificates can be issued for construction products within the framework of the EU Construction Products Regulation (CPR).

The Director of Regional Development for Salzburg, Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Daniel Burtscher is elected chairman. He represents the members from the areas of property developers, construction companies, building materials industry and public administration.

1968 – 1979
w. Hofrat Dipl.-Ing. Dr. techn. K. Jonak

1979 – 2001
Hofrat Dipl.-Ing. Axel Wagner

2001 – 2007
Hofrat Dipl.-Ing. Alfred Denk

2007 – 2019
Dipl.-Ing. Christian Nagl

since 2020
Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Daniel Burtscher

1968 – 1983
BauR. h.c. Dipl.-Ing. C.H. Beyrer

1983 – 2003
BauR h.c. Dipl.-Ing. Herbert Kaltenböck

2003 – 2018
Dipl.-Ing. Norbert Glantschnigg

seit 2018
Dipl.-Ing. Klaus Höckner