Sustainable Management of Heritage Buildings in long-term perspective

Submission window closes: 15 March 2022

Overview of special issue

This special issue aims to highlight what knowledge can help in designing and implementing a successful management of a building on a long-term perspective.

Sustainable management of the outdoor and indoor environment plays a prominent role in the present and near future society that is dealing with: reduction of carbon footprints; the improvement of use of energy resources and energy performance in buildings management; design and implementation of policies of mitigation; and adaptation to climate change for the built environment.

In a long-term perspective, the management of the built environment requires the knowledge of present and future expected direct and indirect impacts caused (on the built environment) by extreme events (e.g. floods, storms, heat waves, landslides) and climate related slow onset changes (e.g. indoor climate control). It requires a clear understanding of the variety of the properties and actual conditions of constituent materials, and their interaction with climate related degradation processes to discover visible/expected and hidden/unexpected decay and exposure patterns.

A successful building management procedure requires the knowledge of environmental policies and standards at national and EU level which may be set as goals to design and implement decisional steps based on analysis and control of retrieved data from environmental, condition and structural health monitoring campaigns.

Indicative list of anticipated themes

  • Integration of environmental, structural health, and condition monitoring (conducted real time, in continuous and/or on a long-term timeframe) to follow decay progression on building materials.
  • Methods of reanalysis of existing data on maintenance, restoration, energy efficiency rehabilitation, and management processes for more accurate risk assessment tools and/or digital models.
  • Use of inverse methods, parameter identification, imaging and computation approaches for simulation models development which enhances exposure and decay pattern prediction capabilities
  • Integration of data by experts, users and policymakers to design buildings management procedures which may include guidelines and/or best practices suggestion to climate change adaptation
  • Validation procedures to evaluate the proposed management plan.

Submission information

Submission window open: 19 November 2021

Submission window closes: 15 March 2022

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