TCU implements the innovation-driven strategy to lead the development trend of new urbanization and urban modernization. Following the guideline of creating distinguishing features of TCU, making hallmark achievements, strengthening scientific and technological services, forming research team and improving innovation abilities, TCU has been playing an important role in building scientific and technological innovation platforms at the national, provincial and ministerial levels for resolving major technical issues.
TCU owns 4 Tianjin Key Laboratories, focusing on relevant scientific research of geotechnical characteristics and geological environment, technology of water security assurance and strategy of water pollution control, structural explosion resistance and structural reinforcement, and building energy-saving functional materials and resource utilization of solid waste and light quality. TCU owns a National & Local Joint Engineering Research Center of Construction Waste Utilization, conducting research on recycling, utilization and evaluation technology of construction wastes. Landfill and Soft Soil Engineering Center is an Engineering Research Center of the Ministryof Education in TCU, focusing on the development and application of landfill and soft soil engineering technology. Besides, TCU also has 6 Tianjin Engineering Research Centers and a Municipal Key Research Base of Humanities and Social Sciences, which identifies two unique research directions: urban construction and management, and green construction and operation. TCU has led 3 Municipal Collaborative Innovation Centers concerning development strategy of urban green development, ecological livability and ecological civilization construction as well as the industrialization and technological innovation in the field of green building.
With scientific research advantages towards Binhai new region, TCU has gained unique influence in Tianjin and even across China. In the field of green building and building energy saving, urbanization and new rural construction, TCU has celebrated a number of landmark achievements with considerable influence in China and abroad, and made outstanding contributions to serve the nation’s and Tianjin's economic and social development and urban construction.