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 in Valencia by the Regional Ministry of Housing, Public Works and Urban Planning. IVE acts as the innovation agency for his Regional Ministry by promoting competitive research, innovation, training and multilateral cross-border cooperation projects by enhancing sustainability, energy efficiency, circular economy and resilience in both buildings and resilience in cities. 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.

With respect to the field of energy, IVE has a wide experience 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. Some of the last tasks developed in this field are Guidelines for the implementation of renewables energies in buildings, a 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 or an analysis of the regulatory barriers for the implementation of renewables energies in both buildings and urban spaces for the city of Valencia.
  • 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 (, TRIPLEA-RENO Attractive, Acceptable and Affordable deep RENOvation by a consumer orientated and performance evidence based approach (, IMPULSE Integrated Management Support for Energy Efficiency in Mediterranean Public Buildings (, ALDREN Alliance for Deep Renovation in buildings (
  • 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.


Company Details




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)).


Architect, Expert 

Dr. Leticia Ortega is an architect from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, currently training & Employment Manager at Valencia Institute of Building (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 a 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 the sustainability building field.   


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), 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).


Energy engineer. 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, and national EPC schemes. He is currently a PhD student in the field of next generation EPC schemes in the residential building stock, in collaboration with the Applied Thermodynamics Department at UPV. He also collaborates with study-groups in the field of energy poverty.