Platform

Who we are

The Sustainable Habitat Cluster, recognized by the Portuguese government is a very broad cluster since it covers the Habitat value chain involving areas from the extractive sector to processing of building materials, as well as construction and rehabilitation and also other activities involving suppliers of goods and equipment for the built environment (Habitat).

Internationally, 1302 Clusters from 45 countries are registered on the ESCA platform (European Secretariat of Cluster Analysis), which assesses and classifies clusters worldwide. After evaluation, 1083 Clusters have the Bronze Label, 117 the Silver Label and only 102 the Gold Label, the highest level of international recognition for the clusters of competitiveness. Within the "Construction" category, only 2 Europs Clusters have the Gold Label, one of them being the Sustainable Habitat Cluster. In 2013, the Cluster had already received the classification of "Bronze Label", obtaining in 2015 the "Gold Label", a classification that was successfully renewed in 2018, a fact that is noted with great satisfaction by the repercussion and international recognition of the Cluster .

The entities forming this Cluster intend to create synergies for the development of new products, technologies and building systems, a new practice in designing space and surrounding areas, leading to an attitude of innovation through the built environment sustainability, aiming to generate competitiveness.

This cluster has adopted the subject of Sustainability as a dynamic factor to its strategic development, aiming to contribute for a more "Sustainable Habitat".

Sustainability is the driving force for innovation and the desired competitiveness of the cluster members, with impact on economic, social and environmental aspects.

While, in the national market, the strategic interventions are mainly related to rehabilitation, conservation and qualification of the built heritage, in the international market, especially in developing countries, the prospect is related to construction in general (buildings, cities, infrastructures). In both markets, the statement of a specialization in sustainable construction by companies and other cluster agents aims to be an element of differentiation, generating factors of international competitiveness.

Statutory Bodies

Sustainable Construction Platform Association

2017-2019

General Assembly

President: Litério Augusto Marques - Municipality of Anadia

Member of the Board: Jorge Manuel Caliço Lopes de Brito - IST

Member of the Board: Silvino Dias Capitão - ISEC

 

Management

President: Victor Miguel Carneiro de Sousa Ferreira

UA - Universidade de Aveiro

Member of the Board (Cooperation and Strategy): José Manuel Franco de Matos 

APCMC - Associação Portuguesa dos Comerciantes de Materiais de Construção

Member of the Board (Innovation and Capacitation)António Manuel Baio Dias 

CTCV - Centro Tecnológico da Cerâmica e do Vidro

Member of the Board (Competitivity and Business): Rodolfo Oliveira Gouveia

MRG Construction

Member of the Board: Carlos Manuel Oliveira e Silva

Amorim Isolamentos, S.A.

Member of the Board: Diogo André Ferreira Leite

SOPSEC - Sociedade de Prestação de Serviços de Engenharia Civil, S.A.

Member of the Board: José Basílio Simões 

VPS - Virtual Power Solutions PT

Member of the Board: José Manuel de Ávila e Sousa

Gyptec Ibérica - Gessos Técnicos, S.A.

Member of the Board: Pedro Miguel da Silva Sequeira

Saint-Gobain Weber Portugal

 

Inspection Committee

President: António Óscar Tavares de Oliveira - APICER

Member of the Board: Paulo Ferreira - APFAC

Member of the Board: Luís Miguel Tomé Saraiva - AICCOPN

 

Vision and Mission

The Sustainable Habitat Cluster, recognized by the Portuguese Strategic Reference Framework as a Collective Efficiency Strategy (CES), is very broad cluster since it involves areas from the extraction sector to processing of building materials, as well as construction and rehabilitation and also other activities involving suppliers of goods and equipment for the built environment (Habitat).

The entities forming this Cluster intend to create synergies for the development of new products, technologies and building systems, a new practice in designing space and surrounding areas, leading to an attitude of innovation through the built environment sustainability, aiming to generate competitiveness.

This cluster has adopted the subject of Sustainability as a dynamic factor to its strategic development, aiming to contribute for a more "Sustainable Habitat".

Sustainability is the driving force for innovation and the desired transformation for the cluster, with impact on economic, social and environmental aspects.

While, in the national market, the strategic perspectives interventions mainly related to rehabilitation, conservation and qualification of the built heritage, in the international market, especially in developing countries, the prospect is also related to new construction.

In both markets, the statement of a specialization in sustainable construction by companies and other cluster agents can be an element of differentiation, generating factors of international competitiveness.

Goals

The objective for this cluster is to develop, through innovation, skills and modernization of enterprises, increasing their competitiveness, mobilizing for such purpose a set of different cluster entities.

The built environment sustainability is a crucial factor for promoting innovation and competitiveness in the Habitat Cluster, resulting in a strengthening of competitiveness through the development of materials, products, technologies and processes with high technological content and valued by the market.

It is intended to facilitate innovative projects, providing conditions for its implementation through partnerships. Companies and other development agents will have an opportunity to frame their strategic development in the light of the Collective Efficiency Strategy of the Sustainable Habitat Cluster, taking advantage of synergies gathered with in it.

In a word, to increase the competitiveness of enterprises as a result of the increase of added value of the products and business services oriented by the concept of sustainable construction.

Promoting the development of sustainable products, technologies and construction solutions;

Establish synergies among companies and R&D entities;

Facilitate innovation projects and networking;

Develop skills to get new market opportunities regarding sustainable construction;

To increase the competitiveness of enterprises as a result of more added value of the products and business services oriented by the concept of sustainable construction.

Work Program

The guidelines envisaged for this cluster cover the several sectors and subsectors that comprise the Habitat cluster.

The Work Plan involved in the cycle of 2009-2013 the setting of three Anchor Projects structuring the Cluster program and also the frameqirk of complementary projects.

The cluster´s anchor projects harmonized the integration skills with the needs of companies that comprise the cluster. These anchor projects were structured within three main areas for a collective action to support a set of complementary projects framed within the cluster efficiency strategy, designed to support the increase of competitiveness.

These projects involved the establishment of three centers of competence in the field of sustainable construction materials, sustainable construction technologies and on the built environment sustainability, claiming that their action influenced upstream and downstream the cluster value chain. Their articulation structured the knowledge and the skills to be designed and incorporated in the business in order to enhance their competitiveness.

The complementary projects represent iniciatives or projects led by companies and other entities of the cluster withim the cluster global strategy. Areas such as the development of sustainable construction materials and technologies, of solutions that promote energy and environmental performance of construction and its products, that concerns about the use of natural resources and also about economical issues of sustainable construction are framed within collective strategy of the Sustainable Habitat Cluster.

Team

 

Marlene Costa Maia - Architect 

Executive Coordination / Network Cooperation and Innovation and Competitiveness Management 

E-mail: centrohabitat@centrohabitat.net

Curriculum

 


       Cristina Acal Quirós - Degree in Business Management

      Administrative-Financial Secretariat | ​Internationalization and Business
 
      E-mail: gestao@centrohabitat.net
 
      Curriculum
 
 

        Ana Teresa Pereira - Communication and Image Technician

       Communication and Marketing
 
        E-mail: marketing@centrohabitat.net
 
        Curriculum