Online ISCES Symposium – sustainable methods of managing rising temperatures in historic buildings

After a summer of record-breaking temperatures in Europe and rising temperatures worldwide.  Cities and buildings that were previously able to offer people sufficient protection from heat waves thanks to their climate-adapted construction methods are increasingly no longer able to withstand the new weather extremes.  The emerging experiences are increasingly generating concerns about the focus on insulation as the primary method to reduce the energy demand of a building.  Especially in the historic stock when using interior insulation (and thus the ”exclusion” of thermal mass), the issue is increasingly discussed.  But the problem of overheating and preserving monuments goes far beyond the insulation question when one thinks of nature-based solutions, for example.

The Symposium aims to discuss methods from around the world of natural and traditional (cultural) cooling methods that may help reduce internal building temperatures and the urban heat island effect. 

The Symposium will be a round table discussion where participants discuss different cooling methods worldwide.  We hope that the Symposium will produce a list of strategies, or methodologies, that can be distributed by our ISCES members and applied to buildings and urban sites to help in the urgent international effort to mitigate the effect of the global rise in temperatures”.

Draft outline of the symposium: 

10:30- Introduction – Franziska 

10:40- Jon Hubert presentation 

10:55- second presentation slot – available

11:10- round table discussion

12:10- conclusion of points raised and follow up 

12:30- close of symposium 

Topic: ISCES Symposium
Date: September 29, 2022
Time: 10.30-12.30 BST
Language: English
Location: Online @zoom
Meeting ID: 992 8573 1637

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