National Institute for Research and Development in Construction, Urban Planning and Sustainable Spatial Development


The National Institute for Research and Development in Construction, Urban Planning and Sustainable Spatial Development "URBAN-INCERC" performs studies and fundamental research of national and international public relevance, for the development of building sciences.

The RD&I activities of the institute are focused on two key directions:

  • safety (fire, earthquake, extreme climate conditions, strategic territorial planning)
  • efficiency (energy, acoustic, urban planning)

Main activities

  • Fundamental and applied research to substantiate specific regulations, policies, programs and strategies
  • In situ and laboratory testing on building elements and structures;
  • Development of technical and economic regulations for quality assurance in constructions and appliances, including energy efficiency
  • Documentation, tests, audit, prototypes, analyses, syntheses, models, experiments
  • Development of databases with R&D and urban planning information
  • Consultancy and services in urban and territorial planning and construction

Key facts

  • the only Romanian national institute in the field
  • various experimental facilities
  • vast portfolio of national and international research projects
  • habilitation to carry out life-long learning activities
  • provides the secretariats of specialized technical committees and professional attestation commissions for civil engineering specialists
  • organism for certification of construction products & management systems

Key figures

  • 65 years of tradition
  • five branches in four important cities of Romania: Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Timisoara and Iasi
  • over 100 researchers, design engineers, architects & sociologists
  • 18 research & testing laboratories
  • editing four journals
  • two scientific & technical libraries with 55,000 books and over 200,000 periodicals

URBAN‑INCERC participates, together with the Romanian Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration, MDRAP, in the „EUR‑OPA Major Hazards” Agreement of the Council of Europe, by the European Center for Building Rehabilitation, ECBR, which is part of URBAN‑INCERC. ECBR collaborates with several similar European centers in the field of seismic hazard mitigation, which are also part of the EUR-OPA Major Hazards network.

International certifications and affiliations



INCERC Bucharest Branch

Laboratory “National Seismic Network, Seismic Risk Assessment and Actions on Constructions”


  • Advanced analysis of the behavior of building structures to various actions
  • Strategies for disaster prevention and earthquake education programs
  • Structural investigations of buildings, before and after earthquakes
  • Measurements of dynamic characteristics of buildings
  • Technical and technological solutions for the mitigation of seismic effects on buildings
  • Seismic pre-normative research and regulations
Contact Person(s): 
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Iolanda-Gabriela CRAIFALEANU
Dr. Emil-Sever GEORGESCU
Dr. Claudiu-Sorin DRAGOMIR
Sos. Pantelimon No. 266, Sector 2, 021652, Bucharest
+40 212557866
+40 212551852