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?