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Up-To-Date Challenges for the Conservation, Rehabilitation and Energy Retrofitting of Higher Education Cultural Heritage Buildings

ADAI, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Coimbra, Rua Luís Reis Santos, Pólo II, 3030-788 Coimbra, Portugal
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Sustainability 2021, 13(4), 2061; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13042061
Received: 6 January 2021 / Revised: 25 January 2021 / Accepted: 9 February 2021 / Published: 14 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Thermal Behavior and Energy Efficiency of Buildings)
In higher-education world heritage sites, the conservation and energy retrofitting of heritage buildings (HBs) is an important vector for their development, competitiveness and welfare. To guarantee their ongoing use, these buildings must be adapted to face current and emerging societal challenges: (i) the conservation of cultural heritage and the maintenance of their original characteristics and identity; (ii) the transformation of heritage sites into tourist centers that energize the local economy, generating revenue and jobs; (iii) the adaptation of the buildings to new uses and functions that demand energy retrofitting strategies to satisfy today’s standards of thermal comfort, indoor environmental quality (IEQ) and energy efficiency; (iv) tackling impacts of climate change, particularly global warming and extreme weather events; and finally, (v) the implementation of strategies to mitigate the impact of a growing number of tourists. The combined implications of these challenges require a comprehensive approach with interrelated measures strongly reliant on the use of technology and innovation. This work aims to discuss how higher-education cultural HBs can be rethought to serve these expectations. Moreover, a multidisciplinary intervention framework is provided to discuss how HBs can respond to the challenges and risks of rehabilitation, energy retrofitting, climate change and increasing tourism. View Full-Text
Keywords: heritage buildings; higher-education world heritage sites; retrofitting; energy efficiency; indoor environmental quality; multidisciplinary approach; in situ measurement; building simulation heritage buildings; higher-education world heritage sites; retrofitting; energy efficiency; indoor environmental quality; multidisciplinary approach; in situ measurement; building simulation
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Dias Pereira, L.; Tavares, V.; Soares, N. Up-To-Date Challenges for the Conservation, Rehabilitation and Energy Retrofitting of Higher Education Cultural Heritage Buildings. Sustainability 2021, 13, 2061. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13042061

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Dias Pereira L, Tavares V, Soares N. Up-To-Date Challenges for the Conservation, Rehabilitation and Energy Retrofitting of Higher Education Cultural Heritage Buildings. Sustainability. 2021; 13(4):2061. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13042061

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Dias Pereira, Luisa; Tavares, Vanessa; Soares, Nelson. 2021. "Up-To-Date Challenges for the Conservation, Rehabilitation and Energy Retrofitting of Higher Education Cultural Heritage Buildings" Sustainability 13, no. 4: 2061. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13042061

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