Quality in Construction

Mission

The mission of the Construction Quality Technical Department (UCC) is to promote building quality grounded in the use of a performance-based approach to building design based on the seven basic requirements for construction works (Regulation (EU) No 305/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 2011 laying down harmonised conditions for the marketing of construction products).

  • Mechanical resistance and stability
  • Safety in case of fire
  • Safety and accessibility in use
  • Energy economy and heat retention
  • Protection against noise
  • Hygiene, health and the environment
  • Sustainable use of natural resources

Knowledge transfer to a professional audience is carried out through the preparation of foundational information sources, including IT tools and manuals, provision of regulatory information services, etc. The team is also active in global information exchange through participation presentially and online in relevant conferences, and delivery of training courses.

The UCC conducts its mission through participation in research projects and contracts for technical support with different organizations and entities such as government departments, research institutions, professional associations, manufacturers, etc.

Among these, the most important collaboration is the ongoing contract with the Spanish Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda (MITMA) for the development and delivery of the Spanish Building Code (CTE) The CTE regulates all aspects of construction related to the six basic requirements established by the Ley de Ordenaci贸n de la Edificaci贸n (Building Regulations Act).

 

 

 

The activity with MITMA involves maintenance and updating of the CTE as follows:

  • new developments, such as sustainability and building information modelling or BIM, which need related pre-normative research,
  • provision of guidance for application to existing buildings,
  • continual review to expand its performance-based approach,
  • development of support documents such as Commented documents to facilitate application of the CTE,
  • resolution of technical consultations and FAQ.

Staff

Queipo De Llano Moya, Juan

Safety in Use and Accessibility

jqueipo@ietcc.csic.es
911035759 o ext. 438403

Carrascal Garc铆a, Mar铆a Teresa

Acoustics

tcarrascal@ietcc.csic.es
聽910686163 o ext. 438311

Casla Herguedas, Bel茅n

Acoustics

belench@ietcc.csic.es
聽910686324 o ext. 438314

Fr铆as L贸pez, Elena

Safety in Use and Accessibility

efrias@ietcc.csic.es
910686970 o ext. 438337

Gallego Guinea, Virginia

Fire Safety

vgallego@ietcc.csic.es
910687367 o ext. 438341

Garc铆a Ortega, Sonia

Hygiene, Health and the Environment

soniag@ietcc.csic.es
910688041 o ext. 438344

Jim茅nez Gonz谩lez, Daniel

Energy Use

danielj@ietcc.csic.es
聽911033897 o extensi贸n 438360

Larrumbide G贸mez-Rubiera, Enrique

Sustainability

elarrumbide@ietcc.csic.es
聽911034751 o extensi贸n 438366

Linares Alemparte, Pilar

Hygiene, Health and the Environment

plinares@ietcc.csic.es
聽911034865 o extensi贸n 438369

Llinares Cervera, Mariana

Fire Safety

marianlc@ietcc.csic.es
911034866 o ext. 438370

Romero Fern谩ndez, Amelia

Acoustics

aromero@ietcc.csic.es
911035772 o ext. 438416

Villagr谩 Fern谩ndez, Carlos

Structural Safety

carlosv@ietcc.csic.es
911036839 o ext. 438442

Villar Burke, Rafael

Energy Use

pachi@ietcc.csic.es
911038006 o ext. 438443

Areas of expertise

We carry out our mission by using our areas of expertise listed below.

Structural Safety

Our Structural Safety team addresses the development and analysis of structural building codes and adaptation to Spanish national building regulations of the European reference building codes (Eurocodes). The team uses expert knowledge on numerical analysis and simulation techniques to evaluate the general behaviour of building structures and their fire response.

Fire Safety

This team focuses on fire effects evaluation, architectural design for fire prevention and evacuation, as well as structural behaviour, in order to establish a common basis and general principles for performance based design, with particular interest in existing buildings and heritage preservation. For analysis of fire behaviour of building structures, the team uses numerical methods and simulation techniques.

Safety in Use and Accessibility

Our Safety in Use and Accessibility team specialises in risk analysis in the use of buildings and universal design criteria particularly with the aims of preventing personal injury produced by falls, physical impact, accidental imprisonment, drowning, other types of accident caused by low light conditions, overcrowding, moving vehicles and lightning, and due to both access to and use of buildings for all people. The team combines expert knowledge with experimental resources to conduct research and tests in many related fields in the built environment, with particular focus on retrofitting of existing buildings.

Energy Use

This team focuses on the efficient use of energy resources to achieve sustainable levels while keeping human comfort in buildings. The team brings together expertise in energy modelling for buildings and stock analysis, development of energy saving regulations and specialized software development.

Acoustics

This team specialises in building acoustics, with the emphasis on sound insulation related to airborne, impact and outside noise, as well as the study of noise from building services in dwellings. The team conducts research on the acoustical performance of buildings combining experimental data with simulations. Tests are carried out in cooperation with the Acoustics Laboratory of the IETcc.

Hygiene, Health and the Environment

Our Hygiene, Health and the Environment team addresses human health and comfort in buildings, particularly in the areas of indoor air quality, protection against radon and damp, waste disposal, water supply and drainage. The team combines expert knowledge with experimental resources to conduct research and tests in many related fields in the built environment and ambient conditions.

Sustainability

This team focuses on the definition of sustainability indicators, both for existing and new buildings, based on life cycle analysis, use of natural resources, materials and water, environment protection, waste disposal and recycling.

For further information related to the CTE:

e-mail: calidad.construccion@ietcc.csic.es

For further information on activities related to the UCC:

Register in the list actividades_construccion@ietcc.csic.es

Publications

Gu铆a para la elaboraci贸n del Libro del Edificio Existente para la rehabilitaci贸n. Instrucciones, recomendaciones, consejos y ejemplos para la justificaci贸n del anexo I del Real Decreto 853/2021

Gu铆a Rehabilitaci贸n frente al rad贸n

Gu铆a de aplicaci贸n del DB-HE 2019

Libro de ponencias del Congreso: Slips, Trips & Falls, Conference Madrid 2020. A vision for the future

Manual t茅cnico para la adaptaci贸n de los edificios a las condiciones de accesibilidad. 2019

Gu铆a de aplicaci贸n del DB HR Protecci贸n frente al ruido. 2016

Gu铆a de soluciones constructivas con placa de yeso laminado y lana mineral para el cumplimiento del CTE. 2016

Gu铆a para la cumplimentaci贸n de la parte IV del IEE. Condiciones b谩sicas de protecci贸n frente al ruido. 2016

Manual de ejecuci贸n de f谩bricas de ladrillo para revestir. 2012

Dise帽o y c谩lculo de uniones en estructuras de madera. Documento de aplicaci贸n del CTE. 2011

Gu铆a de construir con madera. 2010

Cat谩logo de soluciones cer谩micas para el cumplimiento del C贸digo T茅cnico de la Edificaci贸n. 2008

Projects

Rehabilitaci贸n Sostenible de Edificios (RS)

Investigaci贸n relativa a sistemas constructivos con elementos cer谩micos y su puesta en obra en relaci贸n con las exigencias b谩sicas reglamentarias de calidad, relacionadas con la seguridad y habitabilidad de los edificios

Proyecto cient铆fico-tecnol贸gico Singular y de Car谩cter Estrat茅gico: An谩lisis del impacto ambiental de los edificios a lo largo de su ciclo de vida en t茅rminos cuantificables de consumo energ茅tico y emisiones GEI asociadas. Proyecto CICLOPE

Proyecto cient铆fico-tecnol贸gico Singular y de Car谩cter Estrat茅gico: Sistemas y edificios ac煤sticamente eficientes y saludables. Proyecto BALI

Concurso P煤blico: Contrataci贸n de procedimientos de Certificaci贸n Energ茅tica para edificios existentes

Investigaci贸n previo necesario para la elaboraci贸n de una gu铆a de aplicaci贸n del DB HR mediante elementos constructivos con placa de yeso laminado y lana mineral

Actualizaci贸n de documentos t茅cnicos sobre el uso de la madera en construcci贸n y la aplicaci贸n del CTE para este material as铆 como la colaboraci贸n en la transferencia de conocimientos del trabajo de investigaci贸n realizado

SOFIAS Software de funciones integradas para una arquitectura sostenible

Scientific Articles

Desarrollo reglamentario del CTE DB HE

TENOR脥O R脥OS, J.A.; GAVIRA GALOCHA, M.J. 2012. 鈥Desarrollo reglamentario del CTE DB HE鈥. Libro de conferencias del Seminario 2 鈥淓ficiencia energ茅tica de los edificios鈥 del Curso de Sostenibilidad: Eficiencia Energ茅tica, Evaluaci贸n de Edificios y Estructuras. P谩ginas, inicial: 15, final: 18. Ed. Fundaci贸n Agust铆n de Betancourt.
ISBN: 978-84-695-3239-3

Optimizaci贸n de la demanda en edificios de consumo de energ铆a casi nulo

GAVIRA GALOCHA, M.J., JIM脡NEZ GONZ脕LEZ, D., VILLAR BURKE, R., LARRUMBIDE G脫MEZ-RUBIERA, E., Tenorio R铆os, J. A. 2013. 鈥Optimizaci贸n de la demanda en edificios de consumo de energ铆a casi nulo鈥. Libro de conferencias de las 鈥淛ornadas internacionales de investigaci贸n en construcci贸n鈥. Vivienda: pasado, presente y futuro. C贸digo: E2-3. Ed. Instituto de ciencias de la construcci贸n Eduardo Torroja. CSIC.
ISBN: 978-84-7292-422

Criterios para mejorar el comportamiento energ茅tico de edificios existentes

GAVIRA GALOCHA, M.J. 2013. 鈥Criterios para mejorar el comportamiento energ茅tico de edificios existentes鈥. Libro de conferencias del Seminario 11 鈥淟a habitabilidad en el CTE: Novedades y aplicaci贸n a edificios existentes鈥 de Cursos Avanzados Eduardo Torroja. P谩ginas, inicial: 111, final: 116. Ed. Instituto de ciencias de la construcci贸n Eduardo Torroja. CSIC.
ISBN: 978-84-7292-414-7

Desarrollo reglamentario del C贸digo T茅cnico y Certificaci贸n Energ茅tica de Edificios

TENORIO R脥OS, J.A.; GAVIRA GALOCHA, M.J. 2013. 鈥Desarrollo reglamentario del C贸digo T茅cnico y Certificaci贸n Energ茅tica de Edificios鈥. Libro de conferencias del Seminario 16 鈥淓ficiencia energ茅tica de los edificios鈥 de Cursos Avanzados Eduardo Torroja. P谩ginas, inicial: 27, final: 33. Ed. Instituto de ciencias de la construcci贸n Eduardo Torroja. CSIC.
ISBN: 978-84-7292-419-2

Efectos de la uni贸n entre trasdosados cer谩micos y la fachada en el aislamiento ac煤stico a ruido a茅reo

CARRASCAL GARC脥A, TERESA; ROMERO FERN脕NDEZ, AMELIA; CASLA HERGUEDAS, BEL脡N. 2013. 鈥Efectos de la uni贸n entre trasdosados cer谩micos y la fachada en el aislamiento ac煤stico a ruido a茅reo鈥. Libro de conferencias de las 鈥淛ornadas internacionales de investigaci贸n en construcci贸n鈥. Vivienda: pasado, presente y futuro. C贸digo: E2-3. Ed. Instituto de ciencias de la construcci贸n Eduardo Torroja. CSIC.
ISBN: 978-84-7292-422-2

Prestaciones ac煤sticas de estructuras de madera en vivienda unifamiliar adosada

CASLA HERGUEDAS, BEL脡N; CARRASCAL GARC脥A, TERESA; ROMERO FERN脕NDEZ, AMELIA. 2013. 鈥Prestaciones ac煤sticas de estructuras de madera en vivienda unifamiliar adosada鈥. Libro de conferencias de las 鈥淛ornadas internacionales de investigaci贸n en construcci贸n鈥. Vivienda: pasado, presente y futuro. C贸digo: E2-3. Ed. Instituto de ciencias de la construcci贸n Eduardo Torroja. CSIC.
ISBN: 978-84-7292-422-2