The Archive of Projects
This is a list of the main projects carried out by ITeC. The Project Topics menu allows you to narrow the list down according to the subjects covered.
Requirements for ventilation dampers for tunnels
When a tunnel exceeds a given length, it is compulsory to install mechanical ventilation systems that should remain operative in the event of fire in order to remove smoke and hot gases. Regulations are somewhat ambiguous in relation to the type of requirements and specific conditions that may be requested from ventilation systems during a fire, considering that it is not necessary to treat them like fire doors in building compartmentalization. This report aims to identify the criteria to be followed for a harmonised assessment of these products and for their certification.
Construtex Project: new applications of textiles on construction
The project will assess the potential for using resources (materials, techniques) from the textile industry in the construction sector. It will start by identifying needs and gaps in the sector in order to check if technical textiles could be applied, with the right adaptations. The proposals will be subject to a technical and economic feasibility analysis, as a prior step before becoming R&D projects.
SPEEDIER project: promotion of energy efficiency in SMEs through energy audits
The European Union asks member states to encourage SMEs to optimize their energy efficiency, so companies should undertake energy audits as a first step for spotting opportunities for improvement. The aim of the SPEEDIER project is to create a self-financed, outsourced energy management service, tailored to the needs of the SMEs, which will also allow them to quantify the impact of the measures they implement.
Environmental Product Declaration for a range of synthetic insulation products
Obtaining an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is a two-step process, implementation and verification, which must be entrusted to a EPD consultant. In the case of this family of insulation products, the implementation has been entrusted to ITeC as an authorized consultant for the DAPcons® system. The process begins with a Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) with the Simapro® software and the latest version of the Ecoinvent database, obtaining also the carbon footprint. The verification is carried out by another consultant, external to ITeC, who reviews the reports, the calculation method and the results obtained.
Database for maintenance work in educational buildings
A public entity that manages maintenance and upgrade works in a series of schools uses its own price databases for budgeting, tendering and tracking the projects under its jurisdiction. These databases had adequate contents (they are specialized in the most frequent types of works in educational buildings) but they could benefit from some improvements to make them more operational: merging them into a single database, indexing it properly and filling some gaps, while at the same time adopting the methodology of ITeC’s own databases.
Verification of the budget drafted by a contractor using ITeC’s databases as a benchmark
A building company has won a public contract for a municipal project and wants to certify that its economic proposal follows the criteria that ITeC recommends for budgeting projects with a cost and technical complexity comparable to those of the case in question. Near 100 items that appear in the budget have been identified as equivalent to items that can be found on ITeC databases.
Application of the Preventive Maintenance Methodology to a group of public-owned apartment buildings
It begins with the inspection of a cluster of buildings containing about 100 dwellings and a first advance of results that would allow to take protective measures for occupants and bystanders in the case serious damages are detected. The data collected will be used to assess the general condition of the whole structure and make repair proposals on a case-by-case basis, which the management will subsequently entrust to the teams of its choice. The actual repairs will be followed up and the final state of the operation will be documented.
POCITYF project: smart cities prioritizing energy and heritage issues
POCITYF (A Positive Energy CITY Transformation Framework) is a EU-funded project for transforming European cities into more efficient, healthy, sustainable living environments with “positive energy districts”, this is, groups of buildings that actively manage their energy consumption and the energy flow between them and the wider energy system. The overall aim is to help cities deliver positive energy districts while respecting their mixed urban settings that often include heritage assets.
Evaluation of roofs and facades with polycarbonate sheets
Manufacturers of building systems based on polycarbonate multiwall sheets must obtain a CE mark for their products. This implies that the sheets meet the requirements of EN 16153, but it does not provide any guarantee on the combined performance of the sheets and the substructure, which is the true responsible for stability, insulation and fire resistance. To fill this gap, an evaluation protocol will be designed, contemplating the behaviour of the building system as a whole and checking it against the national regulations.
Transferring budget information from TCQ software towards an ERP platform
A public-private infrastructure management company runs ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software for its financial and resource management. It also uses ITeC’s TCQ software to tender and monitor the projects of construction and maintenance of the networks under their responsibility. In order to integrate both systems, ITeC has programmed a bespoke app that captures the data of the project items from TCQ and exports them to the company’s accounting system each time a contractor gets paid for the executed work.