The research was developed on the framework of VerSus: Lessons from Vernacular Heritage for Sustainable Architecture, a European research project developed by ESG/ Escola Superior Gallaecia, Portugal, as Project leader; with the partnership of UPV/ Universitat Politènica de València, Spain; UNICA/ Università degli Studi di Cagliari, Italy; UNIFI/ Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy; and CRAterre-ENSAG/ International Centre for Earthen Architecture at Grenoble National Higher Educational School of Architecture, France.

The project also received the support of the Chair UNESCO-Earthen Architecture, Building Cultures & Sustainable Development, ICOMOS-ISCEAH and ICOMOS-CIAV and the co-funding of the European Union.

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VerSus project followed up the work, the contacts and the network previously established by the partnership team, in order to identify strategies and solutions that could be adapted and applied to sustainable architecture. All of the outcomes of the project were developed with a balanced management between partners, each entity assuming different activities and roles, according to their expertise and task responsibility in the project. This was possible due to the fact that the team members have a strong partnership, international vocation and have already demonstrated to be able to produce high quality outcomes and relevant results with an international impact.

The partnership of the VerSus project was built as a network of excellence, including leading institutions from the concerned fields, with complementary profiles and a traceable record of achievement. This expertise can be considered one of the pillars that guaranteed the project’s quality, adequate implementation and high level of results.

VerSus - Lessons from Vernacular Heritage to Sustainable Architecture,
Project nº 522550-CU-1-2012-1-PT-CULTURE-VOL121