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Contemporary challenges in conserving built cultural heritage.

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation

Contemporary challenges in conserving built cultural heritage.


Conservation of built cultural heritage remains a constant area of interest for both practitioners and students in the property and building professions.

As the title suggests the proposed special edition explicitly looks at topical areas within this sector.
It is anticipated that a number of the papers will deal with sustainability and heritage and this will include the issue of energy and heritage. The number of recent and ongoing EU research projects on energy and heritage is testament to the continuing importance of, and interest in, the subject. The various heritage organisations continue to place significant emphasis on the topic (see for example UNESCO, ICOMOS, Historic England, CADW, Historic Environment Scotland etc) and of course to sustainability more generally.
There is also a continued, and perhaps heightened, interest at the moment in issues related to management of built heritage, particularly in respect of significance-led or value-led management. This includes conservation management plans , heritage impact statements etc ( which can also be seen as tools for sustainable management).
Other possible subjects, such as repair of recent/modern heritage buildings, and maintenance management of heritage are also examples of current/ongoing concerns.


The aim of this special edition is to produce an international perspective on current concerns  in conserving built cultural heritage, with a focus on management and technical issues.

Indicative list of anticipated themes:

  • Sustainability and built cultural heritage.
  • Energy and built heritage
  • Energy use in historic/traditional buildings
  • Energy/ Heritage trade-offs in listed and traditional buildings
  • Comparative approaches to energy and heritage in various countries
  • Management tools for sustainable decision making in the historic environment.
  • Conservation Management Plans.
  • Maintenance management for listed buildings.
  • Repairing and maintaining recent heritage buildings.

Submission Guidelines

Author guidelines, including on formats and length limit, must be strictly followed and can be found on the journal web site at: 

Submissions to must be through Scholar-One Manuscripts. Registration and access are available at:

Please submit your manuscript before November 18th 2018

Contact Details:

Please get in touch with the editorial team if you have any questions.

Guest Editors:

Derek Worthing,
Visiting academic -  Uppsala University Sweden.
[email protected]  

Tor Brostom
Uppsala University Sweden,
[email protected]