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 Project Final Meeting (Online)
Published: July 28, 2020
28.-29.7.2020, Agenda...
INNOVIP @ NanoTech 2020 Tokyo
Published: January 29, 2020
29-31 January 2020 More details, see attached press...
5th General Assembly in Warsaw
Published: October 30, 2019

Members of Consortium

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