Research Groups

Design, Reliability and Habitability

Building Construction Systems. Design, Comfort, Healthfulness and Sustainability

The aim of this branch engages in basic and applied research on building functionality and comfort from the standpoint of the final user.

Some other topic are focused to studies upon:

  • inside air contamination with specific attention to avoid  radon from soil
  • industrialization and rationalization of constructive systems for lodgement
  • Assessment of building sustainability
  • Materials and constructive systems for Third World Lodgement

Membrane Structures 

Subline focused to the use of membrane structures for footbridges. The strong requirements derived from this application explain its comprehensiveness for all membrane uses, such as covers. The subline has two branches, basical (structural analysis, design, etc.) and technological (construction, materials, etc.).

New Solutions of Composite Materials in Civil Engineering

This subline is working since more that 15 years ago in the structural use of composite materials (FRP); in the use for strengthening structures as well as the structural use of all-FRP or hybrid structures (concrete)

Special Structural Concrete Technology  


Energy savings and emission reductions in buildings

Planta Experimental de Energía Solar, La Poveda, 28500 Arganda del Rey, Madrid

The research team consists of four PhD engineers, three engineers which are carrying out their doctoral thesis at this time, and a R&D technician. Their research field focuses on renewable energy generation and its integration in buildings. The main objective is to reduce and meet heating, cooling and electric power demand of the building. Specifically, its area of interest includes design, building and experimental evaluation of; 1) minimum demand buildings, 2) solar space heating systems, 3) solar air-conditioning systems, 4) solar hybrid systems, 5) high efficiency low-environmental impact absorption chillers, 6) new uses for vapour compression chillers.  In the last 10 years, the team has participated in 8 Research Projects. On the other hand, it has published 18 papers in journals listed in JCR index and 25 papers in international meetings and it has led three doctoral thesis. Additionally, it has taken out 8 international patents, one of this is licensed. The team is a member of ENBRI and of IEA (TASK 38 and TASK 45). 


Integration, compatibility and stability of ceramics and cementicious materials in buildings and civil engineering

This strategic line include one subline with the same title: Integration, Compatibility and Stability of Ceramics and Cementicious Materials in Buildings and Civil Engineering


It is considered this line and corresponding subline as an emergent or new from the strategic point of view because coming from the actual strong demand of the industrial sectors and the previous scientific and technical experiences of scientists involved, from now must be considered the integration, interaction and stability of both ceramics and cementicious materials being considered not as isolated products as up-to-now, but must be considered working together in Buildings and Civil Works. This focus, therefore is new or emergent in the IETcc. Majority of construction components are based in materials with specific performances, but always the work together for a joint function. Hence, this new  disciplinar focus is what makes this subline is fully different to others which could be considered similars in this and similar research institutes.

Research Groups which constitute this LINE:

  • Group/Lab of Vitreous and Ceramics.
  • Group of Cementicious Materials, Aggregates and Mortars.