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Date 03.09.2020 - 16.04.2021
Location Bozen/I, NOI Tech Park
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Call for proposals for “SBE21 Sustainable Built Heritage: Renovating historic buildings for a low-carbon built heritage”

The conference will be dedicated to the sustainable improvement of the built heritage, a research area that has grown significantly over the last 10 years and that is currently gaining even more momentum. With a focus on “Renovating historic buildings for a low-carbon built heritage”, the conference will foster a multidisciplinary dialogue between scholars and practitioners working in the fields of energy efficiency and historic building conservation with the aim of finding together the solutions that will bring our common heritage into a sustainable future.

SBE21 Heritage warmly welcomes contributions from different research fields. We are looking forward to receiving submissions covering best practices of energy retrofit in the built heritage sector, conservation-compatible solutions, methodologies for a multidisciplinary design process with a focus on regional development and the Alpine Space in particular, and policy and decision–making tools and guidelines.

During SBE21 Heritage, three projects coordinated by Eurac Research will present their findings and achievements. With more than 30 partner organisations in 14 countries, IEA-SHC Task59, Interreg Alpine Space ATLAS and HyLAB will offer SBE21 Heritage participants new perspectives on sustainability in the built heritage sector.


SBE21 Heritage will have a strong focus on the dissemination and discussion of relevant scientific results. The scientific committee will be looking for contributions in fields including, but not limited to:

1. Policies, programs regulations and standards that are relevant to sustainability and climate change issues for historic buildings and neighbourhoods

2. Design, construction and operation of solutions adapted to historic buildings and regional and local climate change resilience

3. Approaches to preserve and enhance cultural landscapes towards a low-carbon built environment

4. Renovating historic buildings towards zero energy

5. Renewable energy integration in historic buildings, conservation areas and cultural landscapes

6. Embodied energy and carbon and the use of LCA in the renovation of historic buildings

7. Use of design support methods, tools and certification in the energy retrofit of historic buildings

8. Innovation in materials, products, and systems for a low-carbon built heritage with particular attention to hygrothermal performance

9. Performance upgrading and re-use of buildings and building stocks for a low-carbon built heritage

10. In-depth analysis of traditional practices for their adaptation to a low-carbon built heritage, including modelling, monitoring and laboratory testing of materials, construction and design

11. Training and education to promote adoption of sustainable approaches in the built heritage

12. Best practice examples on all the above themes


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