Heritage buildings can be the subjects of sustainable design projects that achieve outstanding measures of sustainability and energy efficiency while not compromising the authenticity of the heritage value of the building.
Yet, while heritage conservation process is already an act of sustainable development that protects and preserves heritage buildings and their intangible values, Cultural Heritage Preservation is almost absent in the sustainable development goals agendas.
This ESSD issue aims to encourage further dialogue, critical reflection and cross-disciplinary collaboration by bringing together examples of interesting projects and research that could provide a practically grounded approach.
The issue also seeks to publish papers with case studies of contribution approaches that render cultural heritage, both physical and non-physical, a stimulus for sustainable development. We welcome papers from a wide range of regulations and specifically encourage research that embraces approaches that go beyond disciplinary boundaries. We are also very keen on experimental ways in which heritage can contribute to achieve Sustainable Development Goals.
IEREK is pleased to invite scholars, researchers, students (undergraduate/postgraduate) that propose interdisciplinary methods and/or concepts to the contribution of cultural heritage to other aspects of sustainable development.
Contribution of Heritage Conservation to Sustainable Development
We have been depending on fossil fuels greatly in the past decades, which led to their depletion and it won’t last for another 150 years. This have led many scientists, scholars and researchers to redirect their focus to other natural resources and how to sustainably use these resources. It will be difficult to imagine the world without its natural resources. Natural resources could be both nonrenewable resources like fossil fuels, oil, natural gas, and coal and nuclear energy, and renewable resources like wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, and ocean energy. Use of renewable energy resources is essential now more than ever for our planet’s survival
Preservation of the natural environment is essential for maintaining community and maintaining life on earth. The need to conserve the resources is very crucial to support life by supporting the ecological balance, and to ensure that the future generations will be able to access these resources. Challenges that our nature faces like all forms of pollution and global warming need to be addressed and resolved.
This issue aims to promote and disseminate the knowledge needed for the integration and implementation of new technologies in the renewable and alternative energy field. It is to showcase to the international community the groundbreaking results of the hard work that took place in the fields of renewable energy research and development to achieve environmental sustainability to ensure the human race’s survival without getting all the natural resources used up.