SBE21 Heritage warmly welcomes contributions from different research fields.

We are looking forward to receiving submissions covering best practices of energy retrofit in the built heritage sector, conservation-compatible solutions, methodologies for a multidisciplinary design process with a focus on regional development and the Alpine Space in particular, and policy and decision–making tools and guidelines.


Policies, programs regulations and standards that are relevant to sustainability and climate change issues for historic buildings and neighbourhoods 

Approaches to preserve and enhance cultural landscapes towards a low-carbon built environment 

Renewable energy integration in historic buildings, conservation areas and cultural landscapes

Innovation in materials, products, and systems for a low-carbon built heritage with particular attention to hygrothermal performance 

In-depth analysis of traditional practices for their adaptation to a low-carbon built heritage, including modelling, monitoring and laboratory testing of materials, construction and design

Training and education to promote adoption of sustainable approaches in the built heritage. 

Design, construction and operation of solutions adapted to historic buildings and regional and local climate change resilience 

Renovating historic buildings towards zero energy 

Embodied energy and carbon and the use of LCA in the renovation of historic buildings 

Use of design support methods, tools and certification in the energy retrofit of historic buildings 

Performance upgrading and re-use of buildings and building stocks for a low-carbon built heritage 

Best practice examples

The Scientific Committee will ensure the quality and geographic coverage of the contributions and the inclusion of a wide variety of topics, formats and speakers in the conference. The Conference proceedings will be published with IOP Publishing and indexed in Scopus.

Deadline for abstract submission: 15th of September 2020

Deadline for submission of full papers: extended to the 15th of January 2021

Proposals can be submitted through our online submission system.

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SBE21 Heritage Scientific Committee invites researchers and practitioners to submit proposals for workshops.

The 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)
  • workshop format
  • scope and audience of the workshop
  • information about the procedure for selecting speakers and/or presentations
  • dissemination plan
  • expected number of participants