Valencia Institute of Building

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, sustainability and circular economy in the design, construction and use of buildings.  With respect to the field of energy renovation, 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 costefficient measures to improve the energy efficiency of the building stock.  – Publication of documents recognized by the regional and national government to support professionals in the application of the existing regulations. The “Constructive solutions catalogue for energy retrofitting of buildings” is one example. – Participation in European projects related to energy efficiency in existing buildings, for example, EPISCOPE Energy Performance Indicator Tracking Schemes for the Continuous Optimisation of Refurbishment Processes in European Housing Stocks (http://episcope.eu), TRIPLEA-RENO Attractive, Acceptable and Affordable deep RENOvation by a consumer orientated and performance evidence based approach (https://tripplea-reno.eu/), IMPULSE Integrated Management Support for Energy Efficiency in Mediterranean Public Buildings (https://impulse.interreg-med.eu/), ALDREN Alliance for Deep Renovation in buildings (https://aldren.eu/). – Dialogue with the different stakeholders involved in the topic energy efficiency in the 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.

Staff Profiles

Begoña SERRANO LANZAROTE

Dr. Architect.
Director at Valencia Institute of Building (IVE) since 2015. In her multidisciplinary academic career, Dr Serrano has combined building structures expertise, Energy Efficiency expertise and Architectural projects. She is a Doctor of Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Valencia where she is now a professor in the Architecture degree and in different Master’s degrees. She is an expert on the Refurbishment Field, managing Service Life area in Valencia Institute of Building from 1998 until 2015. As practising architect, she has carried out several refurbishment projects. As a researcher, she gained extensive experience participating in different EU projects from different programmes focused on energy efficiency and sustainability in the built environment. She is redactor of different peer-reviewed publications about buildings and their environment.

Miriam NAVARRO ESCUDERO

Industrial Engineer. Bachelor in Economics. Financial manager, EU project manager and Head of the International R&D&i Department at Valencia Institute of Building (IVE). She joined the Department of Construction Management in 2006 and worked in the development of different tools for professionals regarding the application of sustainable products and technologies to the built environment (new and existing buildings as well as urban areas). In 2013, she joined the International R&D&i Department and has managed different EU projects from different programmes focused on energy efficiency and sustainability in the built environment. She is redactor of different publications about buildings and their environment. Currently, she is the financial manager of the institute and Head of the International R&D&i Department. Degree in Industrial Design (2003) and Bachelor in Industrial Engineering (2007) – Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain). Bachelor in Economics (Spanish National Distance University (UNED)).

Leticia ORTEGA MADRIGAL

Dr. Architect. Graduated at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. Training & Employment Manager at Valencia Institute of Buillding (IVE). She has extensive experience in the fields of civil society development and institutional strengthening, environmental research and policy. Her research is focused in Sustainability planning, energy conservation, changing user behaviour to conserve resources, community-based research, environmental education and community based social marketing, environmental assessment. She has led and collaborated in several EU projects (Med Programme, Intelligent Energy, H2020 and Climate KIC). She is assessor of Certified Professional in Accelerating Transition – Climate-KIC initiative. She has been lecturer at Polytechnic University of Valencia in several courses and masters. She has national technical publications in the field of the built environment. She has authored peer-reviewed articles in sustainability building field.

Pablo CARNERO MELERO

Energy Engineer and MsC on Energy Technologies and Sustainable Development. Graduated at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV), and a degree in HVAC expertise by FUNDATECYR. Expert in building energy dynamic simulation, renewable energies and national EPC schemes. Since 2019, project manager at the International R&D&I Department in the Valencia Institute of Building, having participated in different competitive projects at international level focused on energy efficiency and sustainability in the built environment. He is currently a PhD student in the field of energy certification schemes, in collaboration with the Architecture Department at UPV. He also collaborates with Urban Energy Transition study-groups, and in the field of energy poverty.

Ana SANCHIS HUERTAS

Architect, Msc. on Energy Efficiency &Sustainability, Msc. on Geospatial Technologies. She has experience in both public and private organizations, on design and supervision of architectural projects; and Geospatial Science research oriented to smart cities and communities, and quality and sustainability research oriented to construction processes and buildings. She has collaborated with JRC Institute for Energy (Ispra – Italy) with the implementation of energy efficiency (GreenBuilding Programme) and urban sustainability projects (Covenant of Mayors Programme). Architect (Polytechnic University of Valencian, Spain). Since 2019, project manager at the International R&D&I Department in the Valencia Institute of Building, having participated in numerous competitive projects at international level. MsC. on Energy Efficiency and Sustainability (Jaume I University, Castellon – Spain), and MsC. on Geospatial Technologies (Jaume I University, Castellon – Spain; University of Münster, Germany; NOVA University, Lisbon – Portugal).

Lucía RAMÍREZ PAREJA

Architect.
Architect by the Polytechnic University of Valencia, focused on housing and building retrofitting issues. Experience in the development of refurbishment projects in Germany. Since 2017, project manager at the International R+D+i Department in the Valencia Institute of Building, having participated in numerous competitive projects at international level and collaborated in the writing of publications and research articles.