Valencia Institute of Building, IVE, ES

Instituto Valenciano de la Edificación (IVE) (engl.: Valencia Institute of building) is a private non-profit making foundation with public interest set up in October 1986, whose headquarter is in Valencia. IVE is a research institute that seeks to improve the quality and sustainability in the construction process through the R&D in the building field. IVE board includes professionals, developers, building contractors, end-users, in order to provide a platform for ideas exchange, developments and knowledge in the different fields of construction. During 30 years of its existence the institute has remained very active in the drafting of technical documents to support the pre-normative research of building process and to spread of all the aspects related to the quality and sustainability in the design, construction and use of buildings.

As far as training is concerned, one of the key priorities of IVE is providing guidance and developing trainings on a harmonized way throughout the construction chain. IVE has become an important knowledge- and trainingcenter for the construction sector in our country (600 training hours and 4000 people a year). We work in close collaboration with Fundación Laboral de la Construcción, leaders of BUS Spanish projects; due to our close collaboration they are going to be included in our board of trustees next year.

As far as energy efficiency is concerned, IVE has a wide experience in this field from different axis:

  • Continued collaboration with the regional government in the development of regulations related to construction sector and especially in the field of energy retrofitting. The last task developed has been a proposal for the Building Retrofit Plan for the Comunitat Valenciana, including an analysis of the most cost-efficient measures to improve the energy efficiency of the building stock.
  • Publication of documents recognized by the regional and national government to support the existing regulations. The “Constructive solutions catalogue for energy retrofitting of buildings” is one example.
  • Participation in European projects related to energy efficiency of existing buildings, for example, EPISCOPE Energy Performance Indicator Tracking Schemes for the Continuous Optimisation of Refurbishment Processes in European Housing Stocks ( REPUBLIC-MED Retrofitting public spaces in Intelligent mediterranean Cities ( or ELIH-MED Energy Efficiency of Low Income Housing in the Mediterranean (
  • Dialogue with the different stakeholders related to building sector. IVE works together with public administrations, business associations, consumer associations, builders associations, architects associations, material manufacturers, product distributors … etc. IVE is the link between those who invest the money, those who design and market the products and those who develop the law.