Task 59
Task 59
SHC Task 59

Renovating Historic Buildings Towards Zero Energy

Task News

Publication: Impact of climate change on indoor environment of historic libraries in Mediterranean climate zone
NZEB Project Partners at the Izmir Institute of Technology have recently had an article published in the International Journal of Global Warming. It describes analysis of conditions in an historic library and how that might change with future climate change trends, and measures by which conservation conditions are maintained. Find the article via www.inderscienceonline.com/doi/abs/10.1504/IJGW.2019.101083
Posted: 2019-08-14

Appropriate refurbishment of traditional buildings
Historic Environment Scotland have agreed a partnership with the UK Government’s Energy Saving Trust (EST) in Edinburgh to assist in the dissemination of information about appropriate refurbishment of traditional buildings. The EST are sponsored by government to deliver advice on energy efficiency and renewable options for homeowners in Scotland. This initiative will be a programme of education for the EST energy advisors who interact with the public, as well as a series of outreach events around Scotland for Architects, Building Professionals and Homeowners. We will also be working with the EST in developing their online building assessment tool for use with older buildings. Please visit www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/home-energy-efficiency for more info.
Posted: 2019-08-09

Collaboration on advising landowners and farms on energy efficient upgrades to traditional rural cottages in Scotland
Historic Environment Scotland are working with Scottish Land and Estates (SLE) to advise landowners and farms on how to upgrade traditional rural cottages in Scotland. Often such buildings are remote, have no access to gas, and achieve poor assessment ratings, due to low insulation levels and restricted fuel types. However, on the positive side, there is often access to biomass and there are many opportunities for solar and wind power. HES will be delivering a series of outreach events in Scotland to farmers and contributing to a special edition of the magazine featuring upgrade options for older cottages. Please follow www.scottishlandandestates.co.uk/news for more information.
Posted: 2019-08-09

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

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 as cooperation with the magazine Hochparterre, SUPSI has organised an event on solar energy on 5 July 2019 in Lugano-Canobbio. The conference featured 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 has been presented together with the platform solarchitecture.ch. Task59's Daniel Herrera presented 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. www.supsi.ch/dacd/eventi-comunicazioni/eventi/2019/2019-07-05.html
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

IEA SHC supports historic buildings expert network
The 3rd International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings (EEHB 2018), which took place in Sweden in September, proved to be the perfect location to show the work of IEA SHC Task, Renovating Historic Buildings Towards Zero Energy. Task Coordinator Alexandra Troi, of Italian-based Eurac Research, presented the group’s current research activities in a keynote speech at the final plenary session.
Posted: 2018-12-20

Future Meetings & Events
Check here for a list of upcoming Task Meetings & Other events yet to be scheduled.
Posted: 2018-10-12

Producing hot water underneath natural slates
A state-of-the-art solar thermal system has been installed under the slate roof of a castle in Ghent, Belgium. Roll-bonded Thermoslate absorbers measuring 44 m2 have been integrated into the space between the wooden trusses and natural slate tiles of the historic structure built in the 12th century and cannot be seen by visitors.
Posted: 2018-09-08

New standard to improve energy performance of historic buildings
Maintaining the exterior of a historic building while raising energy efficiency is not necessarily a contradiction. The new EN 16883:2017 standard, Conservation of cultural heritage, provides guidance on how to improve the energy performance of historically significant structures.
Posted: 2018-08-25