Universally recognised as emblems of many cities, historic buildings account for a quarter of Europe’s existing construction. Retrofitting such buildings presents many opportunities for reducing carbon emissions but can also present many challenges for preserving historic and aesthetic traits and as such, particular and specific care is vital.
Given the unique character of each building, standard energy saving measures are often not viable. Instigating interdisciplinary procedures for renovation and developing affordable and efficient technologies which are compatible with conservation needs are essential for the survival of built heritage and for reducing its environmental impact.
The SBE21 Heritage Conference brings together scholars and practitioners working in the fields of energy efficiency and historic building conservation to foster multidisciplinary dialogues and find new retrofit approaches to save our common heritage and guarantee a sustainable future.
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.
This Special Issue on energy efficiency in historic buildings addresses the balance between two different aspects of sustainability, i.e., environmental and socio-cultural. On the one hand, amidst growing pressure to reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions, historic buildings stand for a considerable part of societal energy use that necessitates energy-efficient interventions. On the other hand, the historic building stock is an important cultural and material resource that merits management and preservation for the benefit of present and future generations. Thus, we must find ways to balance the needs of historic building conservation and energy conservation to facilitate the sustainable management of historic buildings. This Special Issue calls for research on a multitude of aspects, with various scientific perspectives, from the natural sciences and engineering to the social sciences and humanities.
The following topics are meant to illustrate the possible scope of the Special Issue rather than exclude novel topics:
Policies at international, national, and local levels. Conflicts of interest and ways forward;
Decision-making for the planning of energy refurbishment in individual buildings as well as building stocks;
Understanding the historic building as a technical system: simulations, risk assessment of measures, and balancing supply and demand;
Development of new technical solutions appropriate for various types of historic buildings;
Multi-criteria assessment of measures: life-cycle perspectives on environmental impacts and costs integrated with the impact on heritage values and aesthetics;
Users’ aspects in the planning of energy retrofits and energy management: attitudes, lifestyles, and collaboration. What are the drivers/motivators?
Values and valuation: historic buildings are defined by their heritage significance. How are the values defined and introduced into the decision-making process on energy efficiency?
Best-practice case studies presenting state of the art both in terms of achieved results and methods;
How is energy refurbishment planned and carried out in practice, and what are the roles for professionals in architecture, preservation, and engineering?
The conference is organised by INTBAU Spain, INTBAU Portugal, the Rafael Manzano Prize for New Traditional Architecture and the School of Architecture of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, thanks to the support of the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust, through a grant from the Chicago Community Trust for the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Fund, and the collaboration of the Fundación Ekaba, the Fundação Serra Henriques, the Escola Superior Gallaecia, the Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio, and the Centro de Investigación de Arquitectura Tradicional (CIAT-UPM).
All the academics and practitioners of traditional building, architecture and urbanism that carry out their activity or are interested in the scope of the topics proposed for this conference may submit proposals to be presented at it by August 9 (academic papers) or by September 14 (other submissions).
These proposals may be both original unpublished scientific articles or presentations on other works. The presentations of those contents which have been selected for the conference, both scientific papers or other works, will then be recorded and will be available on the conference website prior to the start of the conference itself.
The live program will focus on a series of panel discussions on the selected topics. These panel discussions will include both the selected presenters and guest speakers and will be dealing with the diverse topics of the conference. The participation of all other attendees will also be encouraged.
Registration will be free but compulsory in order to participate and must be done on the conference website.
The newly established UNESCO and European Research Area (ERA) Chairs on Digital Heritage are announcing the International Web-Conference EuroMed 2020 dedicated onDigital Cultural Heritage Documentation, Preservation and Protection
1. PROJECT Research papers: they present new innovative research developments and results. They will feature a full-length oral presentation and will be published in a high-quality proceedings volume. Each submitted paper must not exceed 12 pages in total.
2. SHORT papers /Posters: they present preliminary ideas and works-in-progress. These papers will have a short oral presentation and will be also available as posters during the entire time of the event online. Each short paper must not exceed 8 pages in total.
The 10 best submitted papers will be published on a special issue of upcoming International Journal Heritage in the Digital Era.
Due to the pandemic Covid-19 the conference will be this year online and free of charge, however the registration is mandatory
New Insights into C16th and C17th British Architecture is an annual event where scholars and students of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century British architecture can present their current research, discuss ideas, and meet one another.
The next conference takes place on Saturday 16 January 2021 at the Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, London.
The call for papers is issued each year in May, and the deadline for submission is 31 August.
I am a postgraduate student at the University of Portsmouth currently studying an MSc in Construction Project Management. As part of my dissertation I would like to invite you to take part in my research study on whether more can be done to improve equality for the LGBT+ community, working within the construction industry.
The questions are based upon a previous survey undertaken by the Construction News in 2015 and I am seeking to evaluate whether improvements have been made in the last 5 years, and what more could be done to enhance inclusion in terms of polices and schemes.
This survey will take no more than 10 minutes to complete.
There are no right or wrong answers, I am just keen to understand your experiences within the industry, so please be honest.
Data protection: Please be assured that your answers are confidential. You will not be personally identifiable in any reports or other outputs produced as a result of this research. Nothing will be attributed back to you personally and your personal data will never be shared without your prior consent. Any personal data, which identifies you, such as email addresses will only form part of the raw data seen by the researcher. This will be stored securely and anonymised prior to use in any further reports or outputs.
Research carried out by a postgraduate student at the University of York, on the Conservation Studies (Historic Buildings) MA programme, and a student member of the IHBC. As part of my dissertation research project I am kindly asking practitioners, architects, conservation officers, and those working for UK built heritage organisations, amenity societies or government bodies involved in the conservation of historic buildings, to complete a very short (12-13 question) online survey on the use of hemp-lime mixes (hempcrete) in historic (pre-1919) buildings.
It doesn’t matter if you have been involved with a historic building project involving hemp-lime before, responses will still be extremely valuable. There is one survey link for heritage organisations, another for architects and practitioners, and another for conservation officers – it’s essentially the same questionnaire but I need to keep the three groups separate for the purpose of my analysis. Here are the 3 links:
The Georgian Group is organising a day-long symposium on ‘Georgian London Revisited’, to be held at the Society of Antiquaries at Burlington House, London, on Saturday 7 November 2020. Following the successful conferences run by the Group in previous years on Women and Architecture, and on the architecture of James Gibbs and the Adam brothers, the symposium will highlight changing perspectives and new research on the architecture of London during the ‘long 18th century’ (c.1660-1830) undertaken since the publication of the 1988 edition of Sir John Summerson’s seminal Georgian London (reissued with amendments by Sir Howard Colvin, 2003). Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Housing and estate development
Public and commercial buildings
‘Improvement’: infrastructure, streets, open spaces, bridges, etc
Places of entertainment
With this in mind, proposals are invited for 15-minute papers based on original research. Please send abstracts of no more than 200 words and a copy of your CV to Dr Geoffrey Tyack (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 20 March 2020. Any questions regarding the symposium should be sent to the same address.
Successful graduates from the RSUA Conservation Course are
eligible to undertake the RSUA Conservation Diploma, and applications are now
The RSUA Conservation Diploma is research-based and involves
the writing of a dissertation of around 20,000 words drawing on both original
research and documented sources. While historical subjects are eligible,
candidates should note that practice-oriented dissertations are more likely to
contribute towards accreditation by the RIBA and RIAI. Examiners have
been selected for their conservation expertise from across these islands.
Tanja Poppelreuter is a lecturer in Architectural History
and Theory at the School of the Built Environment at Salford University. After
being awarded a PhD in Art History from Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main,
Germany she worked at the Department of Art History and at the School of
Architecture at Auckland University, New Zealand. In 2011 Tanja took a post at
Ulster University in Belfast, Northern Ireland where she taught in the
undergraduate and post-graduate programmes and supervised a number of PhD projects.
Paul Arnold is Principal at Paul Arnold Architects and has
been variously lecturer, tutor, co-director of the UCD Masters in Urban and
Building Conservation availed of by architects, archaeologists, art historians
and planners since 1986. He was the conservation architect on the
restoration of Dublin City Hall and the Ha’penny Bridge and Paul has worked on
Leinster House and the Trinity Library Conservation Plan.
by which candidates are to register and submit the title of the topic
intended for research.
in which research subjects will be agreed and an opportunity offered to put
any questions and seek guidance on sources and contacts
at which candidates will be expected to make a brief presentation about their
Submission of the draft dissertation
Date by which draft dissertations must
After which the dissertation should be
formally presented taking account of feedback from the examiners
Diplomas will be awarded by RSUA
Council at a suitable occasion (NB: RSUA
does not undertake to award the Diploma in every case)
Final copies of the dissertations must be A4 size (with
fold-outs as required), and case-bound “thesis-style” with the title, name and
year on the spine. Two bound copies should be provided, and an additional copy
of the main text, including illustrations if possible, must be submitted
digitally. Copies will be made available to the Ulster Architectural Heritage
Society on College Square North, Belfast. We reserve the right to change
dates if necessary.
RSUA, 2 Mount Charles, Belfast, BT7 1NZ
RSUA Practice Services Scheme Members £400 + VAT
RSUA Members £480 + VAT
Non-member £533 + VAT
Contact Julia Leaker (Julia@rsua.org.uk) to book by 1 April. Cheques
should be made out to RSUA and sent to 2 Mount Charles,Belfast, BT7
If you’re interested in presenting a paper at the show, we’ve got a number of speaking slots available on below subjects:
– Achieving Net Zero in Construction: Waste, Water, Circular Economy, Energy Efficiency – BAMB: Buildings as Materials Banks – Designing for Wellbeing – Digital Construction: Automation & AI – Diversity – Innovation in construction – Land & Funding: affordable & council housing – Mental Health – Planning & removing barriers for housing supply – Procuring for Public sector work/Frameworks – Retrofit for Energy Efficiency – Quality – Skills shortage – Social Value – Successful Regeneration projects case studies