Monthly Archives: January 2020

The 4th International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings

Wednesday, Oct. 7th, 2020 & Thursday, Oct 8th, 2020
Benediktbeuern, Germany

In order to achieve the ambitious governmental and societal goals in CO2 reduction which are needed to mitigate global climate change requires the contribution of all sectors including buildings and the construction industry. Historic and traditional buildings compose a considerable part of the worldwide building stock. Solutions are needed that respect the historic fabric of these buildings and yet contribute to energy efficiency improvements and CO2 reduction.

The 4th International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings EEHB2020 aims to present new research and best practices on a wide range of topics relating to energy efficiency in historic buildings. This year, the focus will be on the role digital technologies can play in improving the energy performance of historic buildings, whilst respecting the principles of conservation. In this context, the aim is to take a closer look at the interfaces between digital building models and the building simulation and the question of the necessary accuracy of both 3D digitisation and hygrothermal or building energy performance simulation tools. Both technologies – 3D scans and building simulation – have been available for a long time, but so far there are no automated processes for converting 3D scans into the energetic building simulation. In addition, more research is also needed on the degree of accuracy of the building survey using digital methods in order to represent a historical building accurately.

Abstracts will be selected based on their relevancy to the general theme of the conference, novelty, quality, advancement of the field and state of completion of the research or practice they are presenting. Selected abstracts will be invited for presentation at the workshop on “Recording historic buildings using digital workflows – Designing the intersection from 3D model to building simulation” on Monday, Oct. 5th, 2020, & Tuesday, Oct. 6th, 2020 before the main conference. Also, a poster session is planned. 

The following is meant to illustrate, but not limit, the scope of the conference: 

• State of the art and beyond approaches for the use of digital technologies to improve the energy performance of historic buildings 
• From 3D point clouds to building simulations – workflows and accuracy aspects within model creation 
• Approaches for digitisation of the energy refurbishment process 
• Tools and methods for analysis, planning, refurbishment to facility management
• Building and district level applications 
• Challenges in preservation of 20th-century historic buildings
• Development of new technical retrofit measures appropriate for different types of historic buildings
• Good practices presenting state of the art both in terms of achieved results and decision-making processes
• Investigations based in social sciences and humanities
• Need for training and education, knowledge sharing and critical analyses of the science-practice gap
• Laws, regulations and policies at international, national, regional and local level

Abstracts should be no more than 300 words long and must describe the research objectives, scope and method, as well as the main findings and implications of the work. 
Abstracts are due on February 25th, 2020. 

– Extension of Deadline for Abstracts to March 10th, 2020 

Please submit your abstracts under the following email-address:

For further details, please see:

The conference is organised jointly by the Fraunhofer Centre for Conservation and Energy Performance of Historic Buildings and the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt and with the support of the Bezirk Oberbayern.

CfP RGS-IBG Session on Urban Borderlands: Conditions, Processes and Implications

Organised by Deljana Iossifova (The University of Manchester, UK) & David Kostenwein (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)

Urban enclaves are increasingly shaping our cities. A globalized real estate market and socioeconomic inequality contribute to the emergence of enclaves like favelas, slums and gated communities. Urban borderlands are the sociomaterial spaces in-between sociospatially dissimilar adjacent parts of fragmented cities: in-between urban enclaves, built and un-built, old and new, modern and traditional, rich and poor, planned and unplanned, formal and informal, permanent and temporary, local and migrant. Although often dominated by lines of divisions, such as walls and fences, urban borderlands can enable the inter- and transaction between disparate and otherwise disjointed social groups, infrastructures and ecosystems.
We are interested in the genealogy of borders, boundaries and borderlands in the city, including – but not limited to – the following: the processes of boundary delimitation; the triggers (such as insecurity or mistrust) and consequences of bordering; the occupation, appropriation, use or abandonment of in-between spaces; the strategies and tactics for maintenance and negotiation of borderlands; the transformation of individual, group and neighbourhood/city identities; human-environment interactions in urban borderlands. We are particularly interested in research that draws on systems theory.

We welcome theoretical contributions as well as those aimed at informing policy, design and planning for more appropriate decision-making that fosters the integration of underprivileged socioeconomic, ethnic or otherwise marginalized urban groups or species.
We invite the submission of abstracts from participants across all stages of their career and any discipline or geographic region. We are planning a Split Session with one (or more) paper sessions followed by a World Café discussing opportunities for future collaboration.

Please submit your abstract (max. 300 words) including your name, affiliation and title of your talk by 31 January 2020 to Dr Deljana Iossifova ( and David Kostenwein ( Please include ‘RGS-IBG Urban Borderlands Session’ in the subject of your email.

International Conference Florence Heri-Tech


January 10, 2020 | Submission draft paper
February 10, 2020 | Submission of final paper

13 – 15 May 2020, Villa Vittoria, Florence, Italy

Florence Heri-Tech was launched in 2018 by the Department of Industrial Engineering of University of Florence (DIEF) and Florence Biennial Art and Restoration Fair. The idea was to create a synergy between Cultural Heritage and New Technologies. The Conference involves a large number of research projects and scholars from around the world and puts the industry’s current issues under the spotlight, specifically on issues related to innovative techniques and technologies for Cultural Heritage. The Conference is part of the Florence Biennial Art and Restoration Fair, an international event attracting prestigious institutions and companies and creating a unique opportunity to bring together the academic word with industry.
The city of Florence will therefore be the international heart of Restoration and Cultural and Environmental assets as well as a forum for meeting and discussing for experts and enthusiasts from around the world. The Conference will be a significant opportunity for exchange between researchers and companies for the promotion of productive excellence, technological evolution, the greater use of culture for younger sections of the population and specialization in the educational field for graduates and PhD students.

To find out more see here.