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Buda, Alessia and Gori, Virginia and Jan de Place Hansen, Ernst and Polo López, Cristina S. and Marincioni, Valentina and Giancola, Emanuela and Vernimme, Nathalie and Egusquiza, Aitziber and Haas, Franziska and Herrera-Avellanosa, Daniel Existing tools enabling the implementation of EN 16883:2017 Standard to integrate conservation-compatible retrofit solutions in historic buildings. Journal of Cultural Heritage, Volume 57, September–October 2022, 57. pp. 34-52.

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The heterogeneity of historic buildings and environmental conditions, as well as the variety of possible technical solutions, introduce great challenges to the decision-making process for the definition and implementation of energy retrofit projects. The variety of stakeholders involved in the process, each bringing specific skills and goals, further add to this complexity. How can the decision be finalised when multiple and often conflicting objectives and different stakeholders are involved? In this context, the European Standard EN 16883:2017 provides guidelines to improve the energy performance of historic buildings while respecting their heritage significance. It presents a normative working procedure to select conservation-compatible retrofit solutions, which is based on a step-by-step investigation, analysis and documentation of the building. However, the recommendations provided in the Standard remain at a general level and it is the task for the stakeholders to tailor the intervention to the specific case. This paper investigates how the implementation of the EN 16883:2017 can be enabled by adopting a selection of existing computer-based tools to support the identification, assessment, and selection of retrofit solutions in historic buildings. To this end, a number of tools were analysed, highlighting their advantages, input data, outcomes and main limitations, in relation to their possible use in support of the implementation of the Standard procedure (or steps of it).

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Historic building; Built heritage conservation; Heritage retrofitting; Energy efficiency; EN 16883:2017; Tool
Subjects: English > Climate Change Adaptation
Depositing User: Susanna Carlsten
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2022 04:44
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2022 04:44

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