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CETAC - Center for Technology of the Built Environment

The Technological Center for the Built Environment (CETAC) focuses mainly on the market for buildings of all types (housing, commercial and industrial), including their surroundings, and on the manufacturers of materials, elements and components of construction systems. Its activities are aimed at the improvement and development of products and services rendered to these sectors.

The Center brings together different IPT competencies relating to the construction of buildings. The specific focus on buildings, within a lean and directed work structure, has enabled an efficient cooperation with the market of construction companies, associations of building material producers and government bodies of the state of São Paulo (CDHU) and of the federal government (Ministry of Cities and Caixa Econômica Federal), which promote housing construction.

Overall the technical teams perform the following activities: 

  • Evaluation of the performance and quality of products, components and systems for buildings, especially innovative buildings;
  • Technical tests for the characterization and development of products, mainly those not performed by other laboratories in the country;
  • Technological support for housing programs and industry quality programs (PSQ), of products within the scope of Qualihab (CDHU) and the Brazilian Quality and Productivity Program (PBQP-Habitat);
  • Development of innovative processes and construction systems;
  • Analysis of defects in buildings and technical specifications for their recovery and maintenance, including historical buildings;
  • Enhancements of fire safety conditions in buildings and of their occupants;
  • Improvements in comfort, thermal and acoustic health conditions in buildings and working environments;
  • Improvements in the working of water, electric, gas and fire safety installations;
  • Evaluation of industrial and domestic effluent treatment systems aimed at minimizing the environmental impact of waste discharged into receiving water bodies;
  • Enhancement of sustainability in the construction of buildings, including reuse of residues, energy economy and reduction of water use, etc.;
  • Definition and proposal of frameworks and regulatory aspects in public policies such as technical standardization;
  • Emergency action in large disasters involving fire and explosions, through the development of highly qualified technical investigations.

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