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Task 59 Newsletter Spring 2020

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Welcome to Task 59's Spring Newsletter 

This newsletter gives you an overview of our project's final conference SBE21 Heritage, latest case studies added to the HiBERATLAS platform, our new blog posts, introductions to  partners and updates on the project’s meetings and events.

On behalf of all the project’s partners and associates, we would like to thank you for subscribing!

SBE21 Sustainable Built Heritage

Task 59 Final Conference

From the 14th to the 16th April 2021, the SBE21 Heritage Conference will bring together experts working in the fields of energy efficiency and historic building conservation to foster multidisciplinary dialogues and find new affordable and efficient retrofit approaches for historic buildings and municipalities. The call for abstract is open until the 31st August 2020. Scholars and practitioners worldwide are invited to send their contributions. Further information can be found on the conference website
The SBE series places a core emphasis on peer-reviewed papers and presentations of regional policy papers, displays of pre-evaluated projects and a small number of high-quality commercial exhibits.
After peer review, all accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings with IOP Publishing, which provides indexing in Scopus. See the results of SBE19 Helsinki and SBE19 Graz for reference.
SBE21 Heritage Scientific Committee also invites researchers and practitioners to submit proposals for workshops. These workshops are meant to serve as a platform to discuss any aspect related to the energy renovation of historic buildings, from purely technical aspects like hygrothermal performance to limitations in the integration of renewable energy systems or policy making.

The deadline for workshop proposals is 15th of October 2020. Proposals should be submitted by mail to Please be sure to include:
  • workshop name;
  • short description (150 words);
  • format;
  • scope and audience of the workshop;
  • information about the procedure for selecting speakers and/or presentations;
  • dissemination plan;
  • expected number of participants.
A detailed template for the proposal of workshops can be found in the SBE21 Heritage website

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Bolzano in Spring 2021!

FEATURE HiBERATLAS Platform: New Cases

The beta version of HiBERATLAS continues to grow. It includes already 17 examples and many more are coming soon. Today we are presenting two new cases documented by our our colleagues from SUPSI (Switzerland). Please continue to check back as new projects and feature are added to the platform:

Dorgano Castle

Single-family house, restoration and new building extension. Private residence building (historic not-listed building in Ticino) with NZEB target using also solar renewables energy in an integrated roof solution. The castle of Doragno was born from the transformation of an ancient medieval castle. The original stone walls are highlighted by the large windows that complete the volume of the existing building. An integrated photovoltaic system and solar collectors are installed on the roof.

Solar silo in Gundeldinger Feld


As a visible sign of the shift from fossil fuels to renewable energies, the former coal silo and heating plant of the machine factory Sulzer Burckhardt AG in the "Gundeldinger Feld" in Basel is covered with colored PV modules. As part of a research project this best practice building investigates new approaches for BIPV integration as cladding innovative materials and new energy storage strategies. As "Gundeldinger Feld" ensemble is under heritage protection, the remodelled building was required to match the style and colour scheme of the site and all the old industrial area has been reconverted in a new model energy district. The project is part of the "2000 Watt society - pilot region Basel". Solar Silo project that was rewarded in the "renovation" category with the 2015 Swiss Solar Prize.


The blog section in our website is updated monthly. Don't forget to check regularly!

Sicily retrofits 106 public historic buildings: pros and cons of an innovative experience

The European Regional Development Fund (ROP ERDF) Sicilia 2014/2020 has designated a budget of 23 million euros for supporting the planning of efficiency improvements of 106 public heritage properties of the Cultural Heritage Department of the Sicily Region, to be completed in 2020. The scope is to promote best practices in the field of public heritage for activating processes of sustainable development in the territory. This experience, still ongoing, can be considered exemplary not only for the number of cases, but also for the method, with an innovative process of cooperation between different actors, which led to consider solutions adopting a case-by-case approach. To read more about their experience, head over to the blog!

RIBuild guidelines for internal insulation of historic buildings

Internal insulation is often the only possible solution when improving the thermal performance of solid walls of historic buildings, as many of these have architectural or cultural values. However, as internal insulation is regarded risky from a moisture perspective, guidelines are needed. A new set of guidelines that combine written guidelines, a web‐based preliminary assessment tool and a website has been developed in the H2020 research project RIBuild (Robust Internal Thermal Insulation of Historic Buildings). To read more about this web tool, head over to the blog!


Today, we want to introduce you to the Spanish partners in the project!

CARTIF Technology Centre

CARTIF Technology Centre is a leading Spanish Applied Research Centre in term of R&D and technology transfer activities created in 1994, located at Boecillo Technology Park (Valladolid, Spain) and is formed by 150 researchers.
CARTIF as expert member of the IEA-SHC Task59 is working in Subtask A collecting data about best practice cases in energy savings and in Subtask B in the identification and further development of tools, methods and guidelines for the renovation of historic buildings towards zero energy.

CIEMAT, Energy Efficiency in Buildings unit (UiE3)

CIEMAT's, Energy Efficiency in Buildings unit (UiE3) is a multidisciplinary team of the Renewable Energies Division of the Spanish public research center CIEMAT. The UiE3 carries out R&D about integral energetic analysis of the building considering the integration of passive and active thermal conditioning solar devices, in order to reduce the heating and cooling demand
Within Task 59, Ciemat contributes to the compilation and assessment of existing tools, methods and guidelines that are relevant in relation to standard. Guidelines for improving the energy performance of historic buildings.

TECNALIA, Building Technologies Division

TECNALIA is a private, independent, nonprofit applied research centre of international excellence employing around 1,400 people. We are committed to generate major impacts in economic terms, by means of innovation and technological development, addressed by 7 business divisions, covering economic sectors of Construction, Energy, Industry, Transportation, Health and ICT.
Tecnalia contributes to all fours Subtasks. Specially, in the Subtask is collaborating in the collection of best practices, in Subtask B in the identification and further development of tools, methods and guidelines for renovation of historic buildings, in Subtask C works in the working groups regarding Walls and Strategies.

FEATURE SUPSI and EURAC promote a special solar architecture award

Task59 project partners SUPSI and EURAC are promoting an architecture award "IN/ARCH 2020 Awards – Special solar architecture award in prestigious contexts" within the framework of the Interreg V-A Italy and Switzerland "BIPV meets History" project.

The award is dedicated to the energy recovery of a historic building (villa, palace, castle, rural building, industrial archeology, etc.) or a work inserted in a place of high architectural, landscape or naturalistic value - like a historical center, park or natural reserve, mountain or marine environment - which uses integrated photovoltaics (BIPV).

Applications are open until 18th July 2020.

More information:

from across the world
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Task59 6th expert meeting

Task59 experts met recently online for their recent 6th expert meeting. The Expert Meeting was originally planned to be held in Louvain-la-Naueve (Belgium), but due to the global pandemic it took place in the form of an online meeting. The meeting and stakeholders event planned by the Université catholique de Louvain will be moved to the next Autumn.

ATLAS 4th project meeting

On May 4 and 5, 2020 the Interreg Alpine Space ATLAS project partners and observers met online for the fourth project meeting, organised by the Swiss partner SUPSI - Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana. Due to the Coronavirus restrictions, the meeting, scheduled to take place in Lugano (CH), was held online. The public event - a workshop for public institutions, municipalities and local stakeholders - following the PP meeting, scheduled for the 6th of May, will be postponed to the 17th of June 2020.

Soon, first deliverables will be published on the ATLAS website. Follow the project on the social media and website for more updates!

Adapt Northern Heritage Conference

The conference was successfully held online and reached more than 250 attendees on Zoom, had more than 3000 views on YouTube and a Facebook reach of ca. 7200, with viewers from the United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway, Ireland, Canada, Vietnam, India, Australia and the United States, amongst many others.

All project outputs, including the tools presented in Session 2 and the conference proceedings, will be available online on the ANH website in June.

Keep in touch #HistoricNZEB


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Project particulars

Renovating Historic Buildings Towards Zero Energy (HistoricNZEB) is a project for the International Energy Agency, as Task 59 and Annex 76 of the agency’s Solar Heating & Cooling Programme and Energy in Buildings & Communities Programme respectively.

The project’s full title is: Deep Renovation of Historic Buildings Towards Lowest Possible Energy Demand and CO2 Emissions (NZEB). The abbreviation in the title stands for Net Zero Energy Building.

The project is led by EURAC Research, a research organisation in Bolzano / Bozen, Italy. The project coordinator, Ms. Alexandra Troi, Vice Head of EURAC’s Institute for Renewable Energy, can be contacted by email at:

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