This is an innovative pilot-project for the city of Serpa, to be
implemented in an abandoned city block located within the city’s
historical center, and soon to be classified as a public interest
The project includes the use of new state-of-the-art materials and
construction techniques, exploring endogenous materials that assure
sustainable construction and energy efficiency, and drawing upon
traditional as well as contemporary and innovative construction
One of the major goals of Eco-Quarter is urban regeneration of the
site itself and of the city as a whole.
Within this context, upper floors of the site will be for
residential use while ground floors will be for commerce and
Other goals include: the creation of a showcase area for
demonstration, innovation, research and development, testing and
experimentation of materials and techniques of sustainable
construction, within the framework of energy efficiency and
renewable and alternative energy sources; a Case Study with
certified and validated scientific and technical results regarding
projects and materials; urban regeneration; and the promotion of
local raw materials and traditional techniques in addition to new
materials and energy efficiency technologies.
The Municipality of Serpa wants to promote, implement, develop and
monitor a new experimental model for urban residential planning and
zoning, similar to the concept of eco-communities, safeguarding the
cultural and rural landscapes.
This Eco-Village residential zoning is developing in a small rural
cluster, close to the city, and modeled on territorial
sustainability and bio-climate construction. The development of this
human occupation model is expected to be an alternative solution to
dispersed territorial construction. New technologies will be
employed, such as integration of renewable energy production
systems, using rainwater, and waste water recycling. The Eco-Village
is expected to be self-sufficient.
The concept of this type of land zoning and planning is not
completely new. At its core are the ancient structures of the
Alentejo residential clusters where other equipments complementary
to residential area necessarily exist, such as common service
buildings and shared infrastructures.
The goals of the project are to:
-- Promote new urban designs based on holistic concepts;
-- Use the eco-communities model approach;
-- Use of local raw materials and traditional techniques allied with
new state-of-the-art technologies relevant to sustainable
construction and implicitly energy efficient;
-- Promote the application of environmental sustainable solutions in
the domains of construction and infrastructures;
-- Augment the socio-cultural and socio-economic potential of the
location and society;
-- Recuperation of traditional building materials and techniques;
-- Building certification regarding energy efficiency;
-- Introduction of new building materials and techniques.
Soil and Sustainable Construction Laboratory
Unit for research, development and generation of innovative
materials and technologies applicable to sustainable construction,
focusing on local and soil materials.
This project will develop:
-- Educational, experimentation and increasing awareness activities
through training sessions, exhibitions and thematic seminars;
-- Certification procedures for building materials and systems;
-- Science and technology in the construction sector.
Last updated: 06/03/2011