Institute for Research and Technological Development in Construction Sciences (ITE) - PT

The Institute for Research and Technological Development in Construction Sciences, Energy, Environment and Sustainability (ITeCons) strives to promote an active and close relationship between the University of Coimbra and the industry in the sectors of construction, energy and the environment.

Besides being involved in both fundamental and applied research work under various different projects, the institute offers a wide range of testing services (acoustics and vibrations, energy and environment, physics and mechanics, geology and geotechnics, hygrothermics, materials, indoor air quality, chemistry and reaction to fire), provides services in expert technical consulting, and engages with both professionals and students by organizing training courses, workshops, seminars and conferences and hosting Masters and Ph.D. students.

Regarding energy efficiency in buildings, ITeCons has developed substantial work. The institute was involved in the development of the national simplified energy assessment method for existing buildings and more recently in the implementation of the Energy Performance Building Directive (EPBD) into national policy. Over the years, ITeCons has developed in-depth studies concerning: the implementation of energy efficiency measures in retrofitting and renovation of existing dwellings; in-situ measuring of indoor environment quality and thermal parameters (e.g. measurement of transmittance, infrared thermography); and analysis of the performance of buildings thermal envelope.

ITeCons is an active member in several international infrastructures such as ECPT, E2B and CIB.

Research and Development

ITeCons provides specialized R&D services in both fundamental and applied research, directed at developing new materials and new building systems with improved mechanical, hygrothermal and acoustic performance. ITeCons is currently engaged in strategic scientific and industrial collaborative projects on sustainability, urban rehabilitation, high performance building elements, energy efficiency, and waste valorization.

Measurement and Testing

ITeCons offers a wide range of tests, many of them accredited under the NP EN ISO/IEC 17025, e.g. acoustic barriers, aggregates, binders, bituminous, ceramics, coating materials, concrete, cork, ETICS, floors, windows, masonry, mortars, stone, steel for reinforced and precast concrete, soils, thermal insulation. ITeCons was recognized as a Notified Body under the CE Marking EU Directive 89/106/EEC and is certified under NP EN ISO 9001.


ITeCons has a differentiated technical team with vast experience in defining engineering solutions.

Training and Events

ITeCons’ modern facilities include rooms equipped for training courses, workshops and other scientific meetings.

More information regarding ITeCons’ activities can be found at

INNOVIP will be part of the joint workshop on novel energy efficiency envelopes
Published: December 11, 2017
INNOVIP will be part of the joint workshop on novel energy efficiency envelopes, together with the H2020 projects HOMESKIN, WALL-ACE, GELCLAD and...
INNOVIP @ Nanotexnology 2017
Published: July 19, 2017
BayFOR presented INNOVIP at the Nanotexnology Conference 2017 between 3rd – 8th of July in Thessaloniki (Greece). The Nanotexnology Conference is a...
INNOVIP @ Euronanoforum 2017
Published: July 04, 2017
INNOVIP was presented at the Euronanoforum 2017 on the 21st-23rd of June in Valletta (Malta) through the consortium member BayFOR. The event, that takes...

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“This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 723441”.