25 March 2021


Online conference: Renovating historic buildings for a low-carbon built heritage

Universally recognised as emblems of many cities, historic buildings account for a quarter of Europe’s existing construction. Retrofitting such buildings presents many opportunities for reducing carbon emissions but can also present many challenges for preserving historic and aesthetic traits. Given the unique character of each building, standard energy saving measures are often not viable. SBE21 Heritage aims at fostering multidisciplinary dialogues and finding new affordable and efficient retrofit approaches to save our common heritage and guarantee a sustainable future.

Get inspired by SBE21 Heritage Keynote Speakers Dr. Ege Yildrim, former ICOMOS Focal Point for the Sustainable Development Goals and currently involved in the Sustainability Thematic Debate of the Our World Heritage Initiative, and Prof. Harald Garrecht, Director of the Materials Testing Institute of the University of Stuttgart.

On the 15th of April, the special sessions “Research meets practice“ will bring together and foster dialogue among academics and practitioners. Learn about the most innovative solutions for the renovation of historic architecture directly from the architects who designed them and discover new supporting tools developed by EU-funded research projects.

The Research meets Practice sessions will be translated into the main languages of the Alpine area. Members of any Italian Chamber of Architects can get credits for their participation).

For the whole duration of the conference, attendees will be able to access a virtual networking space (provided by Airmeet) to discuss about given topics or talk freely.

Registration closes on the 31st of March 2021. Register here.

Further information on the conference is available at

SBE21 Heritage in numbers:

  • over 60 presentations divided into three thematic tracks
  • 13 countries represented
  • 3 inspiring keynote speeches
  • 7 best practice renovations
  • 2 interactive workshops

Date: 14-16.04.2021



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