Published May 29, 2024 | Version v1
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Resilient and adaptive renovation of the 20th century buildings towards net-zero carbon built heritage - The approach of the SINCERE research project

  • 1. ROR icon Centre for Research and Technology Hellas


 In contemporary European urban landscapes, the presence of 19th and 
20th-century modern period architecture stands as a defining characteristic, contributing significantly to EU Built Heritage. These structures serve as substantial 
reflections of local and national identity. However, despite their historical significance, many of these buildings present considerable challenges in terms of energy efficiency, particularly in heating and cooling systems. Addressing this issue 
is crucial for preserving their cultural value while aligning with contemporary 
sustainability goals. The SINCERE project endeavors to explore the intrinsic 
worth of Built Heritage while offering practical solutions to improve energy performance and reduce the carbon footprint of historic buildings. Through the integration of innovative restoration materials, energy-efficient technologies, ICT 
tools, and socially innovative approaches, SINCERE aims to facilitate the transition of these structures towards net-zero carbon emissions. Adopting a holistic 
approach, the project encompasses various scales, from individual building components to entire cityscapes, considering factors such as structural integrity, architectural uniqueness, and local environmental conditions. Additionally, 
SINCERE aims to empower stakeholders with innovative solutions covering the 
entire lifecycle of buildings, from restoration to maintenance. By providing sustainable restoration options and raising awareness through outreach, the project 
fosters a culture of preservation within European communities, securing the legacy of Cultural Heritage for future generations.



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