Future-proofing Heritage Buildings by Optimising Comfort and Energy in Time and Space

01 January 2024 → 31 December 2027
European funding: framework programme
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Architectural heritage and conservation
    • Material science for conservation-restoration
  • Engineering and technology
    • Building physics
    • Built heritage and renovation
    • Energy in buildings and built environments
    • Sustainable buildings and cities
    • Conservation-restoration techniques
    • Automation and control systems
    • Solar energy
    • Thermal energy
    • Energy generation, conversion and storage engineering not elsewehere classified
Energy efficient buildings renewable energy Deep energy renovation scenarios indoor environmental quality sustainable building comfort Climate neutrality built heritage climate neutral cities conservation luchtdichtheid townhouses energy transition HVAC Horizon EU Programme MPC
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Project description

The transition to climate neutrality is particularly challenging for historical cities throughout Europe, wishing to safeguard their cultural heritage and identity, while enhancing its overall energy and environmental performance. In this context, the HeriTACE project proposes innovative solutions to future-proof heritage townhouses and historical neighbourhoods in three EU climate zones in a holistic way, while preserving their heritage value. These solutions include a holistic assessment model and replicable optimal design approaches for the deep renovation of heritage townhouses. These integrated approaches are supported by innovations regarding durable insulation and air tightness solutions, optimised and smart HVAC concepts, and integrated R²ES-based energy supply solutions for historical buildings and neighbourhoods 

The HeriTACE project brings together a transdisciplinary team of research institutes, authorities, SMEs, and industry experienced in design, technology, and policymaking in the domains of conservation, buildings and energy. A significant increase in deep renovations of heritage buildings has the potential to lead to effective energy demand reductions and readiness for the transition to R2ES. Based on prior research and field knowledge supported by various EU and national projects, bottlenecks have been identified that prevent the futureproofing of heritage buildings and its replication. To overcome them, HeriTACE proposes innovative technical solutions, integrated into a holistic and multi-scale renovation approach, by developing and validating: (1) A replicable holistic assessment model and standardised processes to create a holistic vision and plan on the renovation requirements for heritage townhouses in historical neighbourhoods, (2) Optimal and integrated design approaches for the deep renovation of heritage townhouses, with well-considered, targeted and minimal  invasive renovation measures, (3) Durable insulation and air tightness solutions for the renovation of building envelopes, respecting their heritage values and traditional building technology, (4) Optimised and smart controlled HVAC-concepts adapted to heritage townhouses, optimising comfort, and indoor air quality precisely where and when the building users need it, and (5) Integrated R²ES-based energy supply  solutions, maximising the share of local R²ES in heritage buildings within historical neighbourhoods. The project will deliver solutions for authorities and designers to envision and govern a sustainable energy future for heritage townhouses in historical neighbourhoods, thus putting the EU Green Deal and New European Bauhaus into practice. Close collaboration between researchers, SMEs and industry shall increase the availability of high-quality solutions for the building conservation sector.

Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA). Neither the European Union nor the authority can be held responsible for them.