Advanced Tools for Low-carbon, high-value development of historic architecture in the Alpine Space

Project deliverables

In this page the most important project deliverables of the technical work packages T1-4 are published.

WP T1 - Building stock analysis and documentation of good practice building solutions

  • Deliverable D.T1.1.1 Historic building typologies of the Alpine Space:
    Munich University of Applied Sciences in collaboration with all the project partners analysed the HB stock in Alpine Space. Based on existing databases/heritage repositories, they subdivided the HB stock into different representative building typologies considering use, geometry, location, climate, architectural characteristics, construction and build-ing age.
  • Deliverable D.T1.1.2 Deep historic analysis of an exemplary buildings:

    For deliverable T1.1.1 Munich University of Applied Sciences analysed the HB stock in the Alpine Space. For deliverable T1.1.2 eight non-refurbished buildings, one representative per each of those typologies were closer investigated to serve as case study for the feasibility studies of task T2.3.
  • Deliverable D.T1.2.1 Existing guidelines and recommendations:
    Deliverable 1.2 is a structures repository of locally and thematically focused recommendations, directives, certification standards and guidelines – from policy and research projects - for the retrofit of historic buildings in the Alpine Space. The report provides a transnational comparison. The information about the existing manuals should, on one hand, show what is common practice, what is approvable on the part of the heritage preservation, and what technical instructions are recommended for dealing with the historical stock. At the same time, the review of the documents also serves the purpose of obtaining an overview of what is considered “best practice” in the energy-efficient refurbishment of historic buildings.
  • Deliverable D.T.1.3.1  Assessment Scheme Including KPI for the Assessment and Benchmarking the Sustainability of Historic Buildings
    This report consists of three major parts: The first part describes the methodology used for the development of the key performance indicators. The second part discusses the ATLAS assessment system. Based on a hierarchical structure of categories with different levels of detail, the ATLAS key performance indicators are defined. The third part introduces the newly added indicator. The issue “Heritage value” promotes the preservation of cultural heritage in the alpine region and helps to identify heritage related critical areas during process phases of a historical building renovation.

WP T2 - Replicable & robust retrofit solutions

  • Deliverable D.T.2.1.1 Repository of compatible retrofit solutions:
    1) Introduction
    2) Window solutions
    3) Wall solutions
    4) Heating solutions
    5) Ventilation
    6) Solar solutions- part 1
    7) Solar solutions - part 2
    The deliverable contains a collection of retrofit solutions for historic buildings in the alpine space. The documented solutions in the fields of windows, walls, HVAC and solar have a focus on heritage conservation in combination with an improvement of energy efficiency.
  • Deliverable D.T2.2.1 Definition of performance coefficients, including the description of the characterisation protocols

In order to avoid structural damage and ensure building’s performance, applicability of retrofit solutions strongly relies on the understanding of their hygrothermal behaviour. Based on laboratory tests, onsite measurements and numerical calculations, this activity developed performance coefficients (e.g. drying coefficient). The present report outlines the main ideas for three performance coefficients proposed, as well as the methodologies and the results of measurements.

In this activity, four representative non-refurbished buildings were used to perform hypothetical feasibility studies. Based on the detailed analysis of the building, the compatibility of the solutions optimised in this work package were assessed. The aim was to compare a range of window solutions with alternatives in terms of the life cycle, in order to make further conclusions with regard to follow-up projects. .

  • Deliverable D.T2.4.1 Matrix Structure, decision tree & content

The aim of this activity was to develop a structure which, in combination with a decision tree, categorises and pre-selects the solutions documented in A.T2.1. In this way, a preselection of suitable solutions for the respective refurbishment case can be made in a simple way.

  • Deliverable D.T2.6.1 Printed Guidelines (EN-DE-FR)
    This guidance material shows and explains the fundamental steps towards the concept definition for a sustainable renovation of a historic building, providing a basis for further planning and implementation. The technical fact sheets provide insights into the special challenges around historic buildings and explain how suitable solutions can be found and evaluated. The technical material is limited to two main solution groups: windows and walls.
    Guidelines in English:

Guidelines in French:

Guidelines in German:

WP T3 - Toolkit for municipalities and regional planning strategies

  • Deliverable D.T3.1.1 and D.T3.3.1  Inclusive business models, co-benefits and socio-economic value in historic building renovation in the Alpine Space & Report of sustainable revitalization concepts and funding strategies:

    The Alpine historical buildings are recollection silos, the exhibit of the culture, habits, values and lifestyle that shaped a region over the time. Renovating the historical buildings brings with it other overarching socioeconomic impacts that go beyond the environmental benefits. The ATLAS research team interviewed over 30 rural alpine municipalities from 5 countries to better understand their views on the socioeconomic benefits in their region. The research team inquired about the opportunities, funding options and barriers that face the municipalities when they engage in historical retrofitting projects.  The report summarizes the results of these interviews.
  • Deliverable D.T3.2.1 Methods for assessment and quantification of local renewable energy sources in the alpine space:

    The deliverable gathers information and capitalizes existing tools and strategies for potential assessment of renewables in the areas of the Alpine Space studied with focus on their impact on historic structures.
  • Deliverable D.T3.4.1 Development of the ATLAS holistic decision-support methodology | Baseline for decision-support methodology (DS):

This report describes the novel ATLAS integrated decision support methodology, which guides the stakeholders throughout the renovation work of historical buildings in 5 sequential phases, starting at the initiation phase up to the in-use phase. The ATLAS IDS is supported by number of key performance indicators to ensure that the sustainability aspects are fully addressed at each phase. Moreover, the ATLAS IDS allow taking the surrounding neighbourhood into consideration when engaging a retrofitting project in order to benefit from cost saving and energy efficiency opportunities.

  • Deliverable D.T3.5.1 ATLAS Decision-Support Platform (DSToolkit) performed for model regions:

Within the ATLAS research project, the FeliCity-ATLAS online tool was developed. The tool provides a simplified digital twin version of the built environment and allows the user to conduct an energy performance analysis at various spatial scales (single, or portfolio of buildings). The developed tool was tested in 4 demo sites. This deliverable presents a summary of the main features of the Felicty-ATLAS and the results of the demo site testing.

WP T4 - Demonstration and knowledge transfer

Deliverbale D.T4.1.1 Transnational EnerCulTour:
This deliverable presents a summary of a part of the work done in the ATLAS tasks T.4.1. Starting from best practice examples of the historic building database, the partners developed the concept of EnerCulTour, where during organized visits, architects and building users explain on-site
the particularities of the building to interested groups. 

Deliverable D.T4.1.2 ATLAS on TOUR:
ATLASonTOUR is the responsive web-based tool of the database (of WP1), providing the user with more succinct information about the buildings and including additional functions. It is a mobile phone compatible version of the HB Atlas (WP1) with georeferenced best practice buildings, showing best practice examples on your surroundings, possibility of organizing personalized tours.

Deliverable D.T4.2.1 Training sessions for consultants:

This deliverable presents part of the work done in the ATLAS Task T.4.2. The main goal of the WP A 4.2 was the development and preparation of lectures and training modules for project planners and energy consultants in order to raise their awareness for sustainable retrofit planning and the importance of implementing adequate solutions. This first section is a short description of the workshops and training sessions done by the project partners in this sub work package.

Deliverable D.T4.2.2 Material for training modules (for consultants):
Booklet in German "Baukultur - oder kann das weg?"
Booklet in English "Is it building culture - or can it go?"
Training material in German "Die Schönheit des Alten"
For deliverable 4.2.2 the ATLAS partner EIV along with MUAS developed teaching materials for training modules for consultants. The aim was for them to be adapted to the national context and implemented on long-term by architect chambers and local energy agencies.

Deliverable D.T4.3.1 Workshop for public authorities
Objective of T4.3 was to encourage municipalities in supporting heritage retrofits and to set the course on a regional level as they have a direct connection with private developers and building owners. Therefore, organizing participative workshops with municipalities was the most effective way to
implement the tools developed in WP T3 in practical context. To achieve this goal the activity A.4.3 was divided into 3 main sections and deliverables. This first deliverable contains a short description of the workshops for public authorities teaching relevant project results and tools done by the project partners in this sub work package.

Deliverable D.T4.3.2 Application of consultants in oberserver municipalities
Objective of T4.3 was to encourage municipalities in supporting heritage retrofits. To achieve this goal the activity A.4.3 was divided into 3 main sections and deliverables. The second section with the second deliverable describes the establishment of a consultant in 3 observer municipalities over 3 months to perform construction supervision for retrofit projects.

Deliverable D.T4.3.3 Report on effect of construction supervision
Report of partner pilot action describes implementation of consultancies in partner regions: duration, consultants, participants and content of lessons. It also summarises partners opinion if consultations should become permanent and what kind of financing should they have. 

Deliverable D.T4.4.1 Training sessions within the project

The main goal of the WP A 4.4 was the development and preparation of lectures and training modules for craftsmen and artisans. In this activity, ATLAS
organized workshops and elaborated training materials to be integrated into training and Continuing Professional Development.
To achieve this goal the activity A.4.4 was divided into 2 main sections and deliverables. This first section with the first deliverable contains a short description of the workshops and training sessions done by the project partners.

Deliverable D.T4.4.2 Training material for professional training and upgrade training courses (for craftsmen):
Training material in German "Energieeffiziente Gebäude in Vorarlberg"
Training material in German "Lüftung in Historischen Gebäuden"
This set of training material for craftsmen includes relevant project results and was developed by the project partner EIV along with the University of Innsbruck for different crafts. The goal was to integrate the material into the training offered by professional schools or as upgrade training courses by the chambers of crafts.


Building typoligies of the upper Soca Valley
This publication describes architectural characteristics of the Upper Soča Valley in Slovenia by presenting spatial principles of settlements, building types and specific elements of building cultural heritage in the area. The guidelines and recommendations are meant for historic building owners in the Upper Soča Valley, as well as planners and contractors. The purpose is to help building owners recognise and understand the qualities of the building they own and inform about technical solutions for sustainable renovation of the building.

Virtual EnerCulTours:

This digital map was developed during CoVid-times, in order to give people the possibility of discovering best practice examples of energy-efficient historic building renovations. Users can navigate through three different “EnerCulTours”, each of them dedicated to a specific theme:
- Farmhouses in South Tyrol (red route) focusing on how the historic value and charm of an old farmhouse can be preserved and transferred to today's quality of living.
- Solar energy in alpine historic buildings (green route) showing solutions for photovoltaic or solar thermal systems integrated into the envelope of historic buildings.
- Industry, trade, and education buildings in Europe tour (blue route) presenting historic buildings once used for a particular purpose and the way they were given a new life.
Instructions: Click on a building to read about its construction type, protection level, age, area and use as well as the refurbishment solutions adopted. The documentation is provided by the HiBERatlas (