Rethinking Sustainability Towards a Regenerative Economy

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  • Project duration: March 2017 - April 2021
  • Project status: finished
  • Funding:
    COST (EU funding / Project)
  • Total project budget: €704,504.13
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Sustainable buildings and facilities are critical to a future that is socially just, ecologically restorative, culturally rich and economically viable within the climate change context. Despite over a decade of strategies and programmes, progress on built environment sustainability fails to address these key issues. Consequently the built environment sector no longer has the luxury of being incrementally less bad, but, with urgency, needs to adopt net-positive, restorative sustainability thinking to incrementally do ‘more good’.

Within the built environment sustainability agenda a shift is occurring, from a narrow focus on building energy performance, mitigation strategies, and minimisation of environmental impacts to a broader framework that enriches places, people, ecology, culture, and climate at the core of the design task, with a particular emphasis on the salutogenic benefits towards health. Sustainability in buildings, as understood today, is an inadequate measure for current and future architectural design, for it aims no higher than trying to make buildings “less bad”. Building on current European Standards restorative sustainability approaches can and will raise aspirations and deliver restorative outcomes.

The RESTORE Action affects a paradigm shift towards restorative sustainability for new and existing buildings across Europe, promoting forward thinking and multidisciplinary knowledge, leading to solutions that celebrate the richness of design creativity while enhancing users’ experience, comfort, health, wellbeing and satisfaction inside and outside buildings, and in harmony with urban and natural ecosystems, reconnecting users to nature.

Rethinking Sustainability Towards a Regenerative Economy
Andreucci MB, Marvuglia A, Baltov M, Hansen P (2021)
Springer International Publishing
Edited book

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Performance assessment of low-cost environmental monitors and single sensors under variable indoor air quality and thermal conditions
Demanega I, Mujan I, Singer BC, Andelkovic AS, Babich F, Licina D (2021)
Journal article
Building and Environment

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Scale Jumping: Regenerative Systems Thinking within the Built Environment. A guidebook for regenerative implementation: Interactions, tools, platforms, metrics, practice
Reith A, Brajković J, [Lollini, R] (2021)

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RESTORY: Managing a COST Action as a Project
Battisti C, Brown M, Lollini R (2021)

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RESTORD 2030: A Regenerative Guide for Educators Students and Practitioners
Battisti C, Brown M, [Lollini R] (2021)

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REGENERATIVE TECHNOLOGIES FOR THE INDOOR ENVIRONMENT. Inspirational guidelines for practitioners
Lollini R, Pasut W (2020)

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Regenerative technologies for the indoor environment: Inspirational guidelines for practitioners
Lollini R, Pasut W, var. authors (2020)
COST Action CA16114 RESTORE, Working Group Four Report

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Regenerative Design In Digital Practice. A Handbook for the Built Environment
Naboni E, Havinga L (2019)
Bozen: EURAC

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Regenerative CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATIONS. Bridging the gap between design and construction, following a Life Cycle Approach consisting of practical approaches for procurement, construction, operation, and future life
Peretti G, Druhmann CK (2019)
Brussels: COST Action CA16114 RESTORE

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Restorative to Regenerative. An exploration in progressing a paradigm shift in built environment thinking, from sustainability to restorative sustainability and on to regenerative sustainability
Martin Brown M, Haselsteiner E, Apró D, Kopeva D, Luca E, Pulkkinen KL, Rizvanolli B

COST Action CA16114 RESTORE, Working Group One Report: Restorative Sustainability

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Our partners

Martin Brown

Andras Reith

Carsten K Druhmann

Aranzazu Galan Gonzales

Dorin Beu

Edeltraud Haselsteiner

Emanuele Naboni

Giulia Peretti

Michael Burnard

Krzysztof Herman

Jelena Brajkovic

Carlo Battisti

Lisanne Havinga


Roberto Lollini

Project managerT 056 550 1740 93+ude.carue@inillol.otrebor


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