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  • 1.
    Del Curto, Davide
    et al.
    Politecnico di Milano.
    Joppolo, Cesare Maria
    Politecnico di Milano.
    Luciani, Andrea
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Architecture and Water.
    Valisi, Luca Pietro
    Politecnico di Milano.
    Energy efficiency and preservation of 20th century architecture: The case of the Urbino University Colleges2018In: Conference Report. The 3rd International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings (EEHB2018), Visby, Sweden, September 26th to 27th, 2018., 2018, p. 182-190Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper follows the discussion on the energy efficiency of heritage buildings by dealing with the task of preserving 20th century buildings and making them more sustainable. It is confirmed that a thorough analysis of each case is needed, since the cultural value of modern heritage risks being overwhelmed by the effort to improve its energy efficiency. The Urbino University Colleges are a masterpiece of the 20th century. They were designed by architect Giancarlo de Carlo, built between 1962 and 1983 and still host 1000 students. A conservation plan was outlined in 2016 with the aim of developing the long-term and sustainable preservation of such a huge complex. A specific goal in terms of sustainability was lowering the heating costs to save funds for conservation activities. The efforts were thus to balance building conservation, energy efficiency and users’ comfort. A thermal analysis, an energy retrofit design, a test on a pilot site, a comparison between before and after, are the tools that have been used to achieve this objective. Results provide some operational indications to merge conservation and sustainability in a 20th century heritage building.

  • 2.
    Lidelöw, Sofia
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Industrilized and sustainable construction.
    Örn, Tomas
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Architecture and Water.
    Luciani, Andrea
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Architecture and Water.
    Rizzo, Agatino
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Architecture and Water.
    Energy-efficiency measures for heritage buildings: a literature review2019In: Sustainable cities and society, ISSN 2210-6707, Vol. 45, p. 231-242Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The energy performance of heritage buildings is attracting growing interest in research and practice. Accordingly, as shown by our literature review, increasing numbers of articles on energy-efficiency measures for heritage buildings are being published in peer-reviewed journals. However, there is no overview of how energy efficiency and heritage conservation have been approached in the studies. To address this gap we categorized and assessed the identified studies in terms of two key elements of such investigations: energy analysis and analysis of cultural heritage values. Most of the studies evaluate and propose measures to reduce the operational energy use of single heritage buildings, and fewer have applied a broader system perspective. Moreover, the underlying notion of the buildings’ cultural heritage values seems to have been derived mainly from international conventions and agreements, while potentially significant architectural, cultural and historical factors have been rarely discussed. Our findings highlight that, when considering energy improvements, cultural heritage values should be more explicitly articulated and analysed in relation to established conservation principles or methodologies. Besides further scientific study, this point to the need of designing best-practice approaches that allow transparency and knowledge sharing about the complex relationships between energy efficiency and heritage conservation of buildings.

  • 3.
    Luciani, Andrea
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Architecture and Water.
    Del Curto, Davide
    DAStU, Politecnico di Milano, Italy.
    Towards a resilient perspective in building conservation2018In: Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development, ISSN 2044-1266, E-ISSN 2044-1274, Vol. 8, no 3, p. 309-320Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to describe the cross-fertilisation process between the concept ofresilience and building conservation. The authors discuss how the conservation field can address new issuesposed by climate change and whether the concept of resilience plays a role within the framework ofsustainable building conservation.Design/methodology/approach – Starting from the use of resilience as a “travelling concept”, differentinterpretations of the term emerging from different fields are compared and interrelated in order tounderstand how this concept can impact future research in building conservation.Findings – In addition to summarising recent developments in conservation theory with a special focus onhow sustainability has influenced the field, this work also suggests some lines of research where resiliencecould foster interdisciplinary approaches to building conservation and presents some controversial outcomes.Originality/value – The paper raises a discussion on how the concept of resilience could renew the field ofbuilding conservation, helping contemporary society to address the challenges of climate change.

  • 4.
    Luciani, Andrea
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Architecture and Water.
    Lidelöw, Sofia
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Industrilized and sustainable construction.
    Bhattacharjee, Shimantika
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Structural and Fire Engineering.
    Örn, Tomas
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Architecture and Water.
    The Challenge of Energy Efficiency in Kiruna’s Heritage Buildings2019In: Cold Climate HVAC 2018: Sustainable Buildings in Cold Climates / [ed] Johansson D., Bagge H., Wahlström Å., Cham: Springer, 2019Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The town of Kiruna, founded in 1900 in the northernmost part of Sweden, is nowadays in the middle of an impressive urban transformation: due to the impacts of mining activities a large part of the city center has to be moved or rebuilt. Among the buildings to be moved and kept in use are some of the so-called ‘Bläckhorn’ timber houses, designed by Gustaf Wickman in the early 20th century as residential units for the workers of the mining company LKAB and part of the original core of Kiruna. This has raised several questions on the sustainability of renovating historic buildings in a sub-arctic climate. In order to explore the challenge of increasing the energy efficiency of the Bläckhorn houses, data on their constructional and historical features as well as their thermal and energy performance have been collected. The paper addresses the following issues. Historic buildings are often blamed for their poor energy efficiency without considering their usually high constructional quality. What do we know about the real performances of these buildings? Energy retrofits in non-monumental and inhabited historic buildings are often guided by practical and operational needs rather than by their heritage significance. Can a value-based approach affect the improvement of energy efficiency? In a subarctic climate, even simple interventions can help to save a considerable amount of energy in historic buildings. To which extent the energy performances of the Bläckhorn houses could be increased without affecting their heritage values?

  • 5.
    Luciani, Andrea
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Architecture and Water.
    Nilsson, Kristina L.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Architecture and Water.
    Lidelöw, Sofia
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Industrilized and sustainable construction.
    Bhattacharjee, Shimantika
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Structural and Fire Engineering.
    Örn, Tomas
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Architecture and Water.
    Improving the energy efficiency of built heritage in cold regions: Issues and opportunities2018In: Conference Report. The 3rd International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings (EEHB2018), Visby, Sweden, September 26th to 27th, 2018. / [ed] Tor Broström, Lisa Nilsen and Susanna Carlsten, 2018, p. 182-190Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 6.
    Luciani, Andrea
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Architecture and Water.
    Sjöholm, Jennie
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Architecture and Water.
    Norrbotten's Technological Megasystem as a heritage discourse: paradoxes and controversies2019In: / [ed] Maria Alessandra Segantini, London, 2019, Vol. 2, no 15, p. 292-300Conference paper (Refereed)
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