|Zavod za gradbeništvo Slovenije/
Slovenian National Building and
Civil Engineering Institute
SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
tel: + 386 1 28 04 250
fax: + 386 1 28 04 484
Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute (ZAG) was established in 1949 as Institute for Testing and Research in Materials and Structures (ZRMK) in Ljubljana, Slovenia. From 1994 ZAG is non-profit organization, government owned public research institute, with part of administration costs covered by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.
ZAG employs 200 people, among them lots of top-class experts, and as such it can perform integrated high-quality services as well as provide all necessary technical, technological and scientific support in the field of building and civil engineering.
- fundamental and applied research in the fields of building materials and structures,
- testing, attestation of conformity and certification of building materials, products, and all types of
- granting of Slovenian and European Technical Approvals in accordance with the provisions of the
Construction Products Act (ZGPro),
- studies, tests, measurements, surveys, monitoring, analyses, expert advising and reviewing of
structures, transport devices, traffic infrastructure, the external and internal building environment,
- calibration and attestation of measures, standards and reference materials.
ZAG research priorities are:
- safety, stability and durability of building structures including earthquake engineering
- energy efficiency of building structures
- characterization of degradation processes (corrosion of metals, degradation processes in concrete,
stones, ceramics), and methods for their prevention ,
- development and application of new materials (nano-materials, organo-inorganic composites,
coatings, materials for restoration of the cultural heritage),
- re-use / immobilization of waste products (industrial waste, construction demolition waste),
- building structures with special requirements: the traffic infrastructure, cultural heritage structures,
power plant structures and nuclear waste repositories.
ZAG's laboratories are accredited according to SIST EN ISO/IEC 17025. ZAG is a notified and accredited certification body for the attestation of the conformity of construction products according to SIST EN 45011, and an inspection body for the verification of standards according to SIST EN ISO/IEC 17020. ZAG is the holder of a quality management certificate according to ISO 9001:2008.
ZAG is member of many international organisations, among them:
- ENBRI - European Network of Building Research Institutes
- FEHRL - Europe's National Road Research Centres
- CERLABS - European Network of National Ceramic Laboratories
- EGOLF - European Group of Official Laboratories for Fire Testing
- RILEM - International Union of Testing and Research Laboratories for Materials and Structures
- CIB - International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction
- AGNB - Advisory Group of Notified Bodies
- EOTA - European Organisation for Technical Approvals
ZAG has been partner in many international bilateral or multilateral cooperation in science and technology with universities and institutes in EU, USA, Japan, China, Mexico, Chile, India, etc. Within the last ten years ZAG has lead or participated in more than 30 projects (6th, 7th FM, LIFE+ Programme, ERA-NET, Eureka) and 6 COST actions, among them two EUREKA's projects, and three national projects on development of photocatalytic building products and testing of their photocalalytical efficiency.
Within the HEROMAT project ZAG will cooperate in all work packages and experts from ZAG will lead two work packages, e.i. WP5 (Laboratory application of optimal formulations on model substrates and testing), and WP9 (LCA of advanced protective materials).
Vilma Ducman, M.Sc. (Chem.), is the Head of the Department for Materials at ZAG and an expert for ceramic materials with 20 years of experience. She has led or been involved in over 20 research projects, financed by industry, government or EU, among recent ones are “Development of photocatalytic coatings and gas-phase reactors for determination of coatings efficiency in air- and self-cleaning”, “EUREKA 3969! -CLEANTILE: Self-cleaning photocatalytic roofing tiles”, “EUREKA 4166! FIRECON - Fire Resistant Concrete Made With Slag From The Steel Industry”, “EUREKA 4964! LIGHT-WASTE - Development Of Lightweight Aggregate From Waste Material And Further Processing Into Thermal Insulation Concrete”, and “ULTRAGRIP – Design Tools for high grip surfaces” (7th FP). She is also co-author of three Slovenian patents and (co-) author of more then 50 scientific and technical papers in the field of Ceramics.
Andrijana Sever Škapin, Ph.D. (Chem), is a senior researcher at ZAG. Her research activities involve photocatalytic coatings and materials for the Cultural Heritage. She has lead the projects “Functionalization of the surface of organic pigments for durable, efficient and colour-stable paints”, “Development of photocatalytic coatings and gas-phase reactors for determination of coatings efficiency in air- and self-cleaning”, “Self-cleaning photocatalytic coatings”. In the field of Cultural Heritage she was involved in the projects “Research and development of materials in historical buildings”, Culture 2000 project “Revitalization of Carthusian Monastery Žice”, and 6th EU FP project Graffitage “Development of a New Anti-graffiti System”. She is author of scientific and technical papers published in international and national journals in the field of Material Science.
Mateja Golež, M.Sc. (Geol), is a geologist and has more than 14 years experience in the field of Cultural Heritage research. She is an active member of: different expert societies in the field of preserving Cultural Heritage, such as: Association of Conservators of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia; of the working group for Cultural Heritage in ECTP and the national technological platform. She is a conservator-restorator in the field of research and conservation of historical materials, especially stone and mortar. She was the coordinator of the project “Revitalisation of the Carthusian Monastery at Žiče”, which was part of the Culture 2000 programme, as well as project Work Package Leader “CHEF - Cultural Heritage protection against floods” (6th FP), coordinator in several national projects about historical mortars research.
Ms. Alenka Mauko, Ph.D. (Geol), PhD thesis topic: deterioration and life span assessment of stone facades. Her research was a starting point for life cycle assessment of stone claddings; author or co-author of numerous research papers relating to natural stone and microstructural characterization of modern and historical building materials. Co-mentor of licentiate thesis in the field of geology; actively involved in research on building materials, construction products and Cultural Heritage; skilled in the material microstructural analysis using optical microscopy, SME, confocal microscopy, gas sorption, mercury porosimetry, microtomography; participated in developing protocols for artificial ageing of stone materials.
Janko Čretnik, B.Sc., is a geologist. His research interests include protective coatings and their effects on the mechanical and physical properties of natural stone. He mainly works in the field of natural stone testing and he is skilled in a number of test methods for determination of different properties of the stone including working with 3D optical digitizer. Two years ago he started working with software tool for life cycle assessment. In past years he has been involved in various national and international projects.
Jaka Kovač, Ph.D. (Phys), in the year 2011 defended his PhD thesis with the title “Detection and characterization of SCC by analysis of acoustic emission and electrochemical noise”. He mainly works on development and application of different techniques for detection and characterization of various types and processes of material degradation and has more then 6 years experience in this field. Since recently he is also involved in life cycle assessment research. In past years he has been involved in different national and international projects and he has done some research in other institutions: Fontana Corrosion Centre, Ohio State University, Ohio, USA and Material Performance Centre, School of Materials, University of Manchester, GB. He is also an author of several scientific papers published in international journals in the field of Material Science.
Ana Mladenovic, Ph.D. (Geol) has more than 25 years of experience in the field of materials characterization. She is highly skilled in microstructural analysis of materials using optical and scanning electron microscopy. One of her main professional interest is building pathology with special emphasis on deterioration processes in concrete like sulfate reaction and alkali-aggregate reaction which was the topic of her doctoral dissertation.
Luka Škrlep, B.Sc., (Chem), has been employed as a researcher at the Department for Materials, ZAG since 2003. He received his B.Sc. degree in 2002, working in the field of organic synthesis. He is highly skilled in synthesis of functional organic compounds by different advanced techniques. He has participated in several national and international projects: “Functionalization of the surface of organic pigments for durable, efficient and colour-stable paints”, “Self-cleaning photocatalytic coatings”, EUREKA projects “Development Of Self-Cleaning Clay Roofing Tiles“ and "Multifunctional layers for the protection of mineral substrates" and others. The main topics of his research work are: synthesis of organic compounds, consolidants, research of nanomaterials, paints, facades and coatings.
Janez Bernard, B.Sc. (PhD student), has been employed as a researcher at the Laboratory for Polymers in the Department for Materials, ZAG since 2003. He graduated in 2001 and finished specialist studies in 2005 in the field of characterization of ceramics. He is ending his PhD also in the field of ceramics at the International Postgraduate School Jožef Stefan. He has participated in several projects in the field of characterization of different kind of materials: “Development of photocatalytic coatings and gas-phase reactors for determination of coatings efficiency in air- and self-cleaning”, “Self-cleaning photocatalytic coatings”, EUREKA project “Development Of Self-Cleaning Clay Roofing Tiles“ and others. The main topics of his research work are: sintering and characterization of ceramics, characterization of the mechanical properties of polymeric materials, research of historic materials, characterization of the photocatalytic materials.
Neža Šolinc, B.Sc.,graduated summa cum laude at the Finance department of the Faculty of Economics (the University of Ljubljana). As a part of FP6 project SPENS, she was seconded to FEHRL office in Brussels where she acquired a lot of useful knowledge in the field of project leading, financial issues and got the close insight of the functioning of the EC itself. For the 6th and 7th framework programme and other European Commission financed projects she works closely with the project leaders at ZAG, preparing the financial part of the reports. She has experience in coordination of 2 FP7 and 2 FP6 projects.