Research meets practice

Research meets Practice is a special format designed to bring together and foster dialogue among academics and practitioners. On the 15th of April, architects from the Alpine area will present the lessons learnt from real case studies, highlighting the best practices of energy retrofits in the built heritage. Furthermore, researchers from the Interreg Alpine Space project ATLAS will introduce the audience to two innovative tools developed to facilitate the sustainable renovation of historic architecture (the database of best practices HiBERatlas and the HiBERtool, a decision-making support guide for the adoption of energy retrofit solutions), as well as some insights on policy making and historic plasters in the context of the Rural Alpine Municipalities.

Members of any Chamber of Architects in Italy who will participate in the Research meets Practice sessions are entitled to receive 7 CFP |BFP (more info here).

The sessions labelled as “Research meets Practice” will be translated into English, Italian, German, and French.


Welcome session

  • Franziska Haas, ATLAS project coordinator
  • Johann Vonmetz, President of the Architects Chamber

Best practice renovations of historic buildings

  • Haus Moroder (IT) – Michael Tribus
  • Sep Ruff early work (DE) – Friedemann Zeitler 
  • Giatla Haus (AT) – Reinhard Madritsch
  • Idrija mercury melting plant (SL) – Aleš Hafner
  • Castel Doragno (CH) – DeltaZERO
  • House of the park of the Alpilles (FR) – Atelier Martine Bresson
  • House Breuer (AT) – Bernhard Breuer

All documentation related to the case studies presented in this session will be published on the HiBERatlas.

Advanced Tools for Low-carbon, high-value development of historic architecture in the Alpine Space

  • 416 – Haas, Franziska 
    HiBERatlas, Making deep renovation of historic buildings happen – learnings from the Historic Building Energy Retrofit Atlas
  • 415 – Rieser, Alexander 
    HiBERtool, A new decision guidance tool for the adoption of energy retrofit solutions in historic buildings.
  • 339 – Khoja, Ahmed 
    Socioeconomic Reflections on Historic Buildings Renovations: A Portrait of Rural Alpine Municipalities.

Roundtable: The role of historic buildings in new European policies


  • Franziska Haas, Eurac Research & ICOMOS International Scientific Committee for Energy and Sustainability

Guest speakers:

  • Erminia Sciacchitano, Italian Ministry of Culture
  • Johanna Leissner, Fraunhofer & German Research Alliance Cultural Heritage
  • Lisanne Havinga, Eindhoven Institute of Renewable Energy Systems (EIRES)
  • Jacqui Donnelly, Irish Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage
  • Roswitha Kaiser, Head of the Directorate General for Cultural Heritage in Rheinland-Pfalz Germany

*Please note that the order of sessions and presentations may change. Check the SBE21 Heritage official calendar for updates.