The six major themes

The EECHB2016 Conference is organized around the following topics:

  • Are current regulations concerning energy efficiency, fire safety, accessibility, heritage protection, etc. adapted to historic buildings? How do they conflict?
  • How can interventions be tailored to meet legal requirements while preserving the building’s value?
  • How are the opportunities and limits for interventions identified?
  • Which assessment methods can be used?
  • Which aspects should be taken into account before designing interventions for energy efficiency and comfort improvement in historic buildings?
  • How do technical interventions influence the global hygrothermal and material balance?
  • How can we simulate the real-life impact of different interventions?
  • How to promote the implementation of sustainable (life cycle circular economy) solutions?
  • How can traditional behaviours, materials and designs contribute to energy efficiency and comfort, and where do we need innovative techniques?
  • How can interventions be designed to facilitate energy efficiency and reaching comfortable conditions in day-to-day use?
  • How can actual user behaviour be taken into account from the planning stage onwards?
  • How can governments and building managers develop policies to stimulate and support respectful energy efficiency and comfort improvements in historic buildings?
  • How can post-occupancy monitoring provide useful information on the impact of different interventions?
  • How can post-occupancy monitoring & simulations provide useful information on the actual thermal behaviour of a building?
  • Why are building performances not according to plan? Are some discrepancies particularly frequent?
  • Which groups of stakeholders should be educated in order to optimise the process of energy-efficiency and comfort improvement in historic buildings, and how?
  • What are the existing methods and experiences?