ABOUT US

Established on 11th January 2006, Itecons - Institute for Research and Technological Development for Construction, Energy, Environment and Sustainability, is a non-profit organization that acts as a dynamic interface of knowledge between the scientific community and industry, providing applied research, testing, consultancy and training in the fields of construction, energy, environment and sustainability.

Mission

Ensure an active relationship of close cooperation between the University of Coimbra, the community and agents in the Construction, Energy and Environment sectors.

Fundamental objectives

• Engage in the transfer of technology, knowledge and know-how between University, industry and community;
• Provide businesses and industry with high quality services of testing and consulting;
• Promote applied research in key innovative areas for industry, for the community as a whole and the University;
• Carry out professional training sessions and courses aimed at updating and improving company skills and performance;
• Organize seminars, conferences, technical expositions and workshops at national and international level.

Values

• Integrity and ethics;
• Independency and aptitude;
• Technical and scientific competence;
• Support to the Community;
• Teamwork.

2006

CHARTER

Itecons was created from the group of Constructions of the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Coimbra, in the form of a non-profit association, initiating its activity

2008

Headquarters inauguration

The new headquarters was inaugurated, with its own test laboratories

ACREDITATION BY IPAC

ITeCons was accredited for several tests in the areas of acoustics, masonry, concrete, steel and insulation.

CERTIFICATION (NP EN ISO 9001)

Certification of the quality management system by APCER.

2009

Sustainable Habitat Cluster

As the driving force for this Project, Itecons has promoted synergies between companies and entities of the SCT

Notified Body

Itecons was recognised by IPQ as a Notified Body - Testing Laboratory - under the CE marking, Directive 89/106 / EEC for various materials.

2011

QUALIFIED FOR R&DT

Recognition as a qualified entity to provide R&DT services to SMEs in the scope of R&DT and Innovation projects (Vales)

2012

Facilities Expansion

Construction of the new building that houses the new Sustainable Construction and Energy Clusters. This project represented an investment of about € 7.7M.

2013

Notified Body

Itecons was recognised as Notified Body (System 3) under Regulation (EU) No 305/2011 of 9 March, which repealed the Construction Products Directive.

Extension of accreditation

ITeCons became accredited for a total of 217 tests.

2014

Technical Assessment Body

Itecons was designated as a Technical Assessment Body (TAB) in the scope of the Regulation (EU) No 305/2011 of 9th March.

International Association for Housing Science (IAHS)

Reinforcement of Itecons’ intervention as an active member of IAHS.

2015

Accredited Body for the Vales Program

Itecons was recognised as an accredited body for the execution of different projects for SMEs included in the Vales Program.

Cluster of Energy for Sustainability

Creation of new areas of specialisation related to Energy and Environmental within the scope of the System of Support to Science and Technology Parks and Technologically Based Incubators as part of the Mais Centro program.

2016

EXTENSION OF ACCREDITATION

Itecons became accredited for more than 230 tests.

2018

Recognition as a CIT

Itecons, as an institution with technical capacity and multidisciplinary human resources, is recognised for its experience in applied research and the transfer of scientific and technological knowledge to the business world.

2019

EXTENSION OF ACCREDITATION

Itecons became accredited for a total of nearly 300 tests.