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RENERPATH 2, the second project of CARTIF recognised with the seal of the European Year of Cultural Heritage

31 january 2018

This distinction, created by the European Commission within the European Year of Cultural Heritage, pretends to promote the work of those projects that add value to cultural heritage and raise awareness among citizens about its value and importance.

The main objective of this project, led by CARTIF, is the development of new rehabilitation methodologies for the conservation of heritage buildings. To this end, the consortium has selected seven heritage buildings in Castilla y León and the north and central regions of Portugal, in which the necessary interventions are being carried out to characterize each of them energetically and are being applied technologies such as thermography, 3D digitalization, thermoflumetry or energy simulations.

Currently, the work team is about to finish the 3D models of the four pilot sites in Spain: Castle of La Mota (Medina del Campo, Valladolid), Culture House (Ciudad Rodrigo, Salamanca), Bishop Palace (Astorga, León), and Collegiate Church of Saint Louis (Villagarcía de Campos, Valladolid).

On the other hand, technical visits to these buildings have begun to gather information about the materials they are made of, the existing facilities and the associated energy consumption. Once these data are collected with the 3D models, the dynamic simulations (by computer) necessary to establish recommendations about energy rehabilitation can be made, for these historic buildings in particular and for other equivalent ones.  

The objective is to be able to define specific techniques in order to establish general guidelines common to all constructions of the same type and thus create a Best Practice Book at European level.

CARTIF counts on two projects that have achieve this recognition. The second one is SHCity project, which is developing and applying an online control system, sustainable management and preservation of heritage in Ávila (Spain), based on the use of new technologies and the installation of wireless sensors in different parts of the city.

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