Paper 339

Socioeconomic Reflections on Historic Buildings Renovations: A Portrait of Rural Alpine Municipalities

Authors: A Khoja (1), O Danylenko (2), CS Polo Lopez (3), A Davis and N Essig (1)

  1. Munich University of Applied Sciences (MUAS), Karlstrasse 6, 80333 Munich, Germany
  2. EU Business School, Theresienhoehe 28, 80339 Munich, Germany
  3. University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI), Via Francesco Catenazzi 23, CH-6850 Mendrisio, Switzerland


The renovation of historic buildings (regardless of their preservation status) has an overarching socioeconomic impact that goes beyond the environmental or economic benefits. These benefits can be seen as public goods. Within the ATLAS project, a survey covering over 35 rural alpine municipalities was launched to gather information about the municipalities’ motivation and interest in renovating their heritage building stock based on its contribution to local economy, social and environmental aspects. Moreover, the research inquired on how the municipalities define their role in the renovation process and the obstacles they face. This paper provides a summary of survey results with the aim to contribute to the understanding of the underlying considerations of rural municipalities in the Alpine region when renovating their historic building stock.

Keywords: Historic building retrofitting, socioeconomic impact, rural alpine municipalities

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