Task 59
Task 59
SHC Task 59

Renovating Historic Buildings Towards Zero Energy

Renovating Historic Buildings Towards Zero Energy

Historic buildings make up a considerable part of our building stock (one fourth for Europe). They are the trademark of numerous cities, and they will only survive if maintained as a living space. This means, that in order to save this heritage for future generations, we need to find conservation compatible energy retrofit approaches and solutions, which allow to preserve the historic and aesthetic values while increasing comfort, lowering energy bills and minimizing environmental impact.

In the last 10 years a shift in paradigm could be observed: While in times of the first EPBD, a strong opposition from conservators and architects could be observed – “don’t touch these buildings” – there is growing a new openness, a much more constructive approach – “let’s find the right solutions together”. Examples for this development are last but not least the installation of the International Scientific Committee on Energy and Sustainability within ICOMOS and the development of “Guidelines for improving the energy performance of historic buildings” (EN16883, now under final vote) by the CEN TC 346 on Conservation of Cultural Heritage.

Now is an important moment to identify and promote good approaches and solutions. 

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Task Information

DURATION
September 2017February 2021
 

OPERATING AGENT
Dr. Alexandra Troi
ITALY
+39 0471 055 602 fax: +39 0471 055 699
alexandra.troi@eurac.edu

 
COLLABORATION

This is collaborative work with IEA EBC and is referred to as EBC Annex 76

What's New
  • Reducing energy consumption in historic buildings - A meeting in mid-April, Copenhagen, Denmark, gave members of IEA SHC research platform Renovating Historic Buildings Towards Zero Energy (Task 59) the opportunity to meet researchers working on the EU Horizon 2020 project Robust Internal Thermal Insulation of Historic Buildings, or RIBuild, and prompted a fruitful exchange between experts in historic building refurbishment. (Posted: 2019-07-12)
  • UPCOMING: Konferenz: Die Sonnenhülle zwischen Veränderung und Koexistenz im Gleichgewicht der Orte - With the support of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) / Bundesam fuer Energie (BFE) and EnergieSchweiz, as well is cooperation with the magazine Hochparterre, SUPSI is organising an event on solar energy on 5 July 2019 in Lugano-Canobbio. The conference will feature presenations on the integration of solar energy into historic buildings, energy-efficient renovation and building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) into architecture. Furthermore, the magazine Solaris 03 will be presented together with the platform solarchitecture.ch. Task59's Daniel Herrera will be presenting the Task and other related projects dealing with the integratino of photovoltaics in historic buildings. Please find more information on the programme and how to sign up via the link. (Posted: 2019-07-01)
  • Solar Award Nominations are Open - The Solar Heating and Cooling Award of the IEA SHC Programme celebrates the success of those working to increase the market impact of this renewable energy source. (Posted: 2019-02-15)