INNOVATIONS

RURITAGE establishes a new heritage-led rural regeneration paradigm able to transform rural areas in sustainable development demonstration ‘laboratories’, through the enhancement of their unique Cultural and Natural Heritage potential. Through the identification of 6 Systemic Innovation Areas (SIAs) (Pilgrimage, Sustainable Local Food Production, Migration, Art and festivals, Resilience, Integrated Landscape management) and the analysis of 11 Cross-cutting Themes in 13 Role Models (RMs), RURITAGE will showcase heritage potential as a powerful economic, social and environmental motivator for regeneration, sustainable development, economic growth and improvement of people’s well-being and living environment in 6 Replicators (Rs). Moreover, through the creation of 19 Rural Heritage Hubs (RHHs) and 1 Digital Rural Heritage Hub (Digital RHH), RURITAGE will foster collective management, responsibility and ownership of Cultural and Natural Heritage.

Replacing existing buildings is prohibitively expensive or not allowed for historical heritage buildings and would have a significant societal and environmental impact. The innovation aims to develop a solution integrating advanced materials for the simultaneous seismic and energy retrofitting of the European building stock. To the present date, energy and seismic retrofitting are treated separately. To achieve cost effectiveness, iRESIST+ develops a novel approach and goes several steps beyond the state-of-the-art by proposing for a hybrid seismic-plus-energy retrofit which combines inorganic textile-based composites with thermal insulation systems. The effectiveness of the proposed retrofitting system will be validated experimentally in a full-scale building using the ELSA reaction wall facility. Moreover, a common approach for building performance classification is proposed, allowing to assess whether energy efficiency and disaster-resilient practices could be integrated.

The online magazine has established as a lively community of users, who participate in the initiative accessing the website and providing information about the sector, internationally.

STORM provides technological and procedural tools and methods to support decision makers faced with climate change and natural hazards during the Disaster Risk Reduction lifecycle, including prevention, preparedness, response and recovery activities. Specifically, STORM proposes a set of novel predictive models and improved non-invasive and non-destructive methods of survey and diagnosis, for effective prediction of environmental changes and for revealing threats and conditions that could damage cultural heritage. To this end, STORM determines how different vulnerable material and structures are affected by extreme weather events and risks associated to climatic condition, offering improved, effective adaptation and mitigation strategies, systems and technologies. An integrated system featuring new low-cost compact eco-friendly sensors, resilient solutions and survey and diagnosis technologies (including LiDAR and UAVs), as well as crowdsensing and crowdsourcing techniques will be provided over a collaborative, cloud based platform for collecting and enhancing knowledge, processes and methodologies on sustainable and effective safeguarding and management of European CH.

The HeAT project has developed a systematic approach to analyse threats and processes leading to destruction of cultural heritage to help policy makers develop effective strategies.

The project, designs and develops methodologies and tools that can support the cultural and creative industries in creating narratives and experiences which draw on the power of ’emotive storytelling’, both on site and remotely. EMOTIVE combines in the same time technological solutions & methods for designing emotive storytelling. The EMOTIVE platform provides a set of authoring tools targeting different author profiles from beginners to more experienced users supporting them to create emotional experiences. The solution integrates an Authoring Tool, for the storyboarding and production of interactive storytelling experiences for mobile devices as well as a Floor Plan Editor, to bring experiences online and a Mixed Reality Plugin to create immersive virtual experiences and bring objects to life. The EMOTIVE framework provides guidelines on the design of innovative experiences combining a strong emotional and social dimension, which, applied on the experiences created with the EMOTIVE tools, aspire to change the way visitors perceive Heritage

In HERACLES two kinds of mortars have been developed: 1- a natural lime-based mortar for historical masonry walls: natural cement free lime-based mortar, for the restoration of historic buildings, with excellent mechanical and chemical compatibility with materials used in the past, with optimised porosity guaranteeing permeability to aqueous vapour, and low reaction to the disintegrating actions of the salts contained in the walls. Using natural binders, improved with nanometric particles, the pozzolanic activity has been improved. 2- a technical mortar expressly developed for the restoration/consolidation of old reinforced concrete structures, showing an advanced degradation state. It is reo-plastic, fiber-reinforced, and polymer-modified, formulated with high sulphate-resistant binders and selected sands, in a controlled granulometric curve. It presents high compressive strenght, adequate elastic modulus, very low presence of soluble chlorides, together with compensated hydraulic shrinkage. It has a reduced permeability to CO2, with resulting increased anti-carbonatation requisites.