Energy Efficiency and Preservation in Our Cultural Heritage, EEPOCH

Start date 01/01/2009
End date The project is closed: 31/12/2014

​The project is one of many within the programme Save & Preserve financed by the Swedish Energy Agency, the Church of Sweden, and the National Heritage Board, and in this particular case, also by regional companies in Halland.

EEPOCH started 2009 with Professor in Design for Sustainable Urban Development Michael Edén as examiner and supervisor for Heidi Norrström, MA, architect SAR/MSA and PhD candidate. The first part was completed in September 2011 with the printing of a licentiate thesis. In the continuation from 2012 to 2014 Professor of Architectural Theory, PhD, Architect SAR/MSA and Head of Department Fredrik Nilsson is the supervisor together with Paula Femenias Architect, PhD and Assistant Professor.
The project concerns our built heritage, and a multiple case study is performed to find models for balancing of energy and preservation demands. Preserved objects for the study are chosen within the Halland Model, a co-operation project which started in the 1990s recession. The aim at that time was regional growth, strengthening competitiveness, sustainability and development of building conservation.

Today energy efficiency is considered a key action and an important part of the path to social, financial and environmental sustainability. The potential is pointed out in the existing building stock. What this implies for the building itself is rarely mentioned.
 
The new Planning and Building Act, and mandatory provisions, emphasise the energy aspect and cautiousness with historic values in built heritage at the same time. This implies that a complex set of problems from energy efficiency and preservation perspective must be addressed. Cautious increase of energy efficiency can make our built heritage useful for the future creating diversified and attractive built environments with low running costs. The aim in EEPOCH is to find and provide the models for managing of energy performance without diminishing cultural values in our built heritage.
 
The research within EEPOCH has a firm framework composed by a multiple case study where the buildings’ energy performance and cultural values, and their relation to new legislation, form a foundation for an emerging theoretical model directed on application for integrated balance of energy and preservation demands. The research concept includes interviews for analysis on communication between different occupational cultures to illuminate methods within and between connected professions, especially their transdisciplinary approach. Another part is the assessment of historic and architectural qualities.
 
EEPOCH is based on well-grounded practical and theoretical expertise through a number of specialists, and also regional stakeholders, engaged in EEPOCH giving important input to the project as experts, and at the six workshops carried out. The outcome of the workshops is guiding the project and its development.
 

Articles and presentations of EEPOCH

 
​The project is one of many within the programme Save & Preserve financed by the Swedish Energy Agency, the Church of Sweden, and the National Heritage Board, and in this particular case, also by regional companies in Halland.

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