SCORE brings together interdisciplinary and inter-sectorial research and innovation teams involved in sustainable conservation of built cultural heritage from 4 European (France, Italy, Spain, Denmark) and 2 Latin America (Colombia, Mexico).
Consortium includes academics, governmental institutions, SME and NGO. The goal is to develop international partnerships and to exchange highly qualified expertise in order to propose solutions for green restoration and rehabilitation works. These conservation materials and methods must minimize their ecological footprint according to the EU circular economy action plan and be durable in a changing climate.
In order to propose solutions for a large variety of built cultural heritage, two kinds of application cases have been selected, archaeological sites in Yucatan peninsula, vernacular built cultural heritage in different types of warm temperate climates in Europe, using different building materials and techniques.
The future development of buildings conservation must be founded on previous experience cumulated during thousands of years and must take advantage of recent progress in technology. Thanks to the emission scenarios and climate models, future environments may be considered to increase the durability of the materials and methods proposed.
Main pillars underpinning the SCORE project are:
- Circular economy principles
- Development of sustainable and durable conservation techniques for vernacular and monumental architecture
- All masonry materials are concerned, traditional and non-traditional
- Life Cycle Assessment techniques to estimate and minimize ecological footprint
- Service life prediction to ensure the durability in present and future climate conditions
- Improvement in the techniques to characterise the conservation degree
Impacts & Results
The organisations participating in the SCORE project contribute directly to the implementation of the defined R&I objectives through national and international ongoing and forthcoming research projects, that support achievement of the SCORE project's expected results:
Res 1. Green restauration and rehabilitation products and methods: An Impactful project result will be new products (mortars, rendersn biocides...) and methods (re-use, traditional masonry ...) proposed to practitioners, project managers, public and private owners. Business contracts (3 expected) will be concluded with industrial producers in order to commercialize the new product developed. (Expected Year 4)
Res 2. Research contributions: Five main results are expected: a) new dose-response fucntions to estimate the effect of continuous processes (temperature rise, relative humidity changes, mean rain, etc.) b) critical threshold for extreme events (heat wave, rain storms, dry seasons, etc.) c) future weathering maps in selected areas based on a) and b) and on climate model simulations, d) research papers in high level journals, e) dedicated workshops or special sessions in larger conference. (Expected Year 2 to 4)
Res 3. Training and academic education (professional and open public): Specialized academic courses (secondary/higher education 3/year), 10 training events for professionals, stakeholders, decision-makers, private owners, etc (Expected Year 2 to 4)
Res 4. Development of a large international and multidisciplinary network dedicated to green restauration and rehabilitation projects. This network will extend from the original SCORE partners to a larger community of cultural heritage building specialists: humanities and socio-economic researchers, different materials scientists, practitioners, building companies, researchers, climate specialists, assionciations, etc. Practical work camps will be an invaluable place for developing these collaborations uncluding with young people. (Expected at the end of the project)
Cover image "Terraces in the Aeolian lslands" photo by Alessandro Sardella ©