RE-LOVED BUILDINGS – Saving embodied energy for sustainability and climate action

All buildings should be considered for re-use. Demolition and re-building from scratch is neither realistic nor sustainable, while re-use can help combat climate change. Rachel Jackson Rachel Jackson and Jean Rice from NSCES and and other experts are featured in The Fifth Estate a series of articles on re-loved buildings showcasing conservation and adaptive reuse…

Interview with Dr Marcy Rockman

Congratulations to Dr Marcy Rockman for this great interview speaking about the ICOMOS Climate Change and Heritage Working Group linking heritage and climate change and mobilizing the heritage community to climate action.  Marcy makes important observations on the intersections of Black Lives Matter, climate and management of heritage sites. Dr. Marcy Rockman is currently working…

Valuing the environmental performance of historic buildings

This peer reviewed article on Heritage and ESD Valuing the Environmental Performance of Historic Buildings by Ruth Redden and Robert H. Crawford will be published in the Australasian Journal of Environmental Management later this year. Because… “the greenest building is one that is already built” . Carl Elefante ABSTRACT Buildings account for at least one…

Heritage and Sustainability 1: Built Heritage

This Practice Note relates to the conservation of existing buildings and improvements to their environmental performance. The Heritage and Sustainability Practice Note series is expected to include: Heritage and Sustainability Practice Note1: Built Heritage (this Practice Note) Heritage and Sustainability Practice Note 2: Cultural Landscape Heritage and Sustainability Practice Note 3: Intangible Heritage Heritage and…

ICOMOS releases “Future of Our Pasts” report to increase engagement of cultural heritage in climate action

BAKU, Republic of Azerbaijan, 3 July –  Cultural heritage offers immense and virtually untapped potential to drive climate action and support ethical and equitable transitions by communities towards low carbon, climate resilient development pathways.  Realising that potential, however, requires both better recognition of the cultural dimensions of climate change and adjusting the aims and methodologies…

Cultural Heritage and UNESCO’s Sustainable Development Goals talk, Tokyo, 19 March 2019

‘Cultural Heritage and UNESCO’s Sustainable Development Goals: How Historic Buildings can be a Resource for Ecologically Sustainable Development’ Presentation by Ruth Redden on behalf of ICOMOS Australia NSCES, Tokyo, 19 March 2019 On behalf of the Australia ICOMOS National Scientific Committee on Energy, Sustainability and Climate Change (NSCES), Ruth Redden (M.ICOMOS) will present a lecture…