Historic Building Energy Retrofit Atlas

A best-practice database of exemplary energy efficient interventions in historic buildings

Welcome to the Historic Building Energy Retrofit Atlas. This database presents best-practice examples of how historic buildings can be renovated to achieve high levels of energy efficiency while respecting and protecting its heritage significance.

The documentation gathered here provides information on the building and its construction, heritage assessment, building material specifications, energy efficiency, building services and comfort as well as on refurbishment solutions and products.
Have you been involved in a best-practice renovation? Please register here and share your project!

The HiBERatlas - a joint development

The database was released in September 2019. It is a common development of two research projects, both coordinationed by EURAC Research:
  • The European Interreg Alpine Space project “ATLAS”, co-funded by the European Union
The HiBERatlas is one of the four main outputs of the ATLAS project. All project partners contributed in the development of the database structure that was then implemented by the software developers. Project partners focused on documenting best-practices in the Alpine Space, as well as ensuring the quality management of the information provided.
  • The “IEA-SHC Task 59” within the Solar Heating and Cooling programme (SHC) of the International Energy Agency (IEA)
The HiBERatlas is part of the Subtask A – Knowledge Base. Collaborating partners have contributed significantly to the database structure, have provided best-practice examples from all over the world and are engaged in the quality management.

Further Information for those who would like to contribute

Which buildings are suitable for documentation?
Any building of historic and/or cultural value independent of the level of protection is considered - from medieval buildings over buildings from the 1920s to post WWII architecture.
What are the requirements for the renovation project?
The basic requirements for good practice examples are:
  • Implementation of the project completed
  • Renovation of the whole building
  • Significant reduction of energy consumption (towards “lowest possible energy demand”)
  • Evaluation of the heritage compatibility of the solutions
  • Available documentation of technical solutions
It is not expected that all these requirements are fulfilled 100% in every case. If you are unsure whether your project meets all the criteria, get in contact via atlas@eurac.edu
What information is required for the documentation?
The information displayed is structured in four categories
  • images of the building and key figures of the intervention
  • a description of the context and the rationale behind the solutions adopted
  • the different retrofit solutions implemented
  • evaluation of the intervention in terms of energy efficiency, internal climate, cost and environmental impact.
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