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Built Heritage Management: Energy & Society

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation

Built Heritage Management: Energy & Society

Heritage is the reflection of our past for our future - a fundamental aspect underpinning any country’s national identity. Heritage buildings, not new, hold this strategic role. The impact of climate change and sustainable living will revolutionise cities as we see it today. Heritage buildings must be conserved with sustainability in mind. Unique traditional designs, localised materials and micro-climates are leading factors in its refurbishment thinking, practices and process.

Countries can now start to mitigate risks and start improving environmental resilience for heritage buildings by gathering intelligence and making informed decisions in refurbishing/retrofitting existing buildings; not demolishing them. This process will improve energy performance, lower emissions and lower costs, benefiting poor and vulnerable populations.

Research in this area can potentially transform heritage industry in refurbishing/retrofitting existing heritage buildings by improving environmental sustainability, cut carbon emissions and enhancing building conditions.

Past research placed too much emphasis on technical and building pathology, which led to unhappy stakeholders and poor community participation. This Special Issue will focus on the energy (sustainability) and people (stakeholders) – and the interlocking dependencies and synergies of both for heritage buildings and the future generation.

Key themes may include:

  • Refurbishment/retrofit for built heritage
  • Heritage refurbishment assessment schemes
  • Built heritage energy conservation/preservation
  • Sustainability-led design for built heritage
  • Embodied energy of local materials
  • Heritage stakeholder management
  • Value of Heritage (communities)

Key information

Submission deadline: February 2019
Planned publication date: September 2020

Author guidelines, including on formats and length limit, must be strictly followed and can be found on the journal web site at:

Submissions to IJBPA must be through Scholar-One Manuscripts. Registration and access are available at:


Please get in touch with the editorial team if you have any questions

Dr Eric Lou, Manchester Metropolitan University,
[email protected]

Dr Paul Chan, University of Manchester,
[email protected]

Dr Noraini Hamzah, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia [National University of Malaysia (UKM)],
[email protected]