near zero energy
in historic buildings

30th November 2020

Newsletter No 2

Energy Pathfinder, Second Partners Meeting 
The Energy Pathfinder Second Partners meeting was due to take place in March on the Orkney Islands, hosted and organised by our partners Historic Environment Scotland. A four day program included tours of the island and visits to the Harbour Masters House, a demonstrator site for the project as well as our second partners meeting that was to be held in Kirkwall on Tuesday 24th March. Representative partners from Ireland, Sweden, Finland, The Faroe Islands had planned to travel to our hosts in Scotland, just weeks before the Covid 19 pandemic began to cause a global lockdown. The planned visit to Scotland had to be postponed until 2021 but our Partners Meeting went ahead as planned but it was adapted and held as an extended day long teleconference for all project partners. 
Adapt Northern Heritage Conference
Historic Environment Scotland, along with partners in Norway (Riksantikvaren) and Iceland (Minjastofnun Islands), have been supporting communities and local authorities adapt how we manage and care for our heritage in Northern Europe to meet the challenge of climate change. The Adapt Northern Heritage International Conference concluded this three-year project.
The two-day conference, took place virtually on 5th & 6th May 2020, replacing the real-world conference which was due to be held on the same dates in Edinburgh, Scotland.  It was freely accessible to everyone online. The conference explored the impact of climate change on historic places and how adaptation measures can help protect these places or manage their loss. Special themes of this year’s conference were the cultural heritage in Arctic regions and of northern indigenous communities whilst other talks focused on assessing the risk of climate change and adaptation case studies from Scotland, Norway, Russia, and Ireland. 
The sessions included ‘Building Retrofit and Fabric Assessments’. During this session, Lingjun Hao talked about the impact of energy retrofit measures on the hygrothermal performance of buildings in South Tyrol, Italy. Based on a series of simulations, she concluded that internal insulation could lead to considerable condensation risk in the future.
Traveling to Norway, Petros Choidis discussed the hydrothermal performance of a small log building. It was revealed that higher moisture levels in the future might put the building at higher risk of fungal attacks.
Lastly, Kevin McCartney introduced the Energy Pathfinder project and approaching near zero energy in historic buildings. He introduced two approaches taken at two different buildings and the monitoring and retrofit measures used there to achieve the near zero energy targets. The session was a very good introduction to the topic of monitoring and retrofitting historic fabric.
Kevin McCartney, CCAE, presents during the Adapt Northern Heritage Conference
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Energy Pathfinder, Webinar 2 
Landsverk's Approach to Sustainability, Retrofitting of the Historical Vicarage of Viðareiði

The Energy Pathfinder Webinar No 2 was held on 11th March 2020. This was the second in a series of webinars to be hosted by NCE Insulation as part of the Energy Pathfinder project. The webinar was introduced and chaired by José Ospina, Project Manager of Energy Pathfinder Project.

The webinar covered the work that Energy Pathfinder partner Landsverk have been doing to achieve the sustainable energy renovation of traditional buildings located at the historic vicarage of Viðareiði, situated on the Faroe Islands. 

Bárður Dam í Baianstovu of Landsverk delivered a presentation that examined the vicarages history, cultural narrative, building fabric and sustainable solutions that aim to approach near zero energy in the historic building. 

In 2007 Viðareiði was developed as a Faroese business area and as a result new approaches to conserving and maintaining the vicarage have been applied by the Diocesan authorities. Many of the parsonages were in bad condition after several decades of disrepair so a plan for the extensive renovation of the vicarage in Viðareiði was put in place. Built in 1854 the vicarage has very fine examples of craftsman traditions through the centuries and a rich social history. The Diocesan authorities worked together with the Ministry of Culture and Landsverk in the retrofitting of the building. As part of the renovation the vicarage has now shifted to more renewable energy solutions which are currently being monitored as part of the Energy Pathfinder project. 

The Diocesan authorities continue to approach sustainable energy solutions in the vicarages and are working on plans for the church, parsonages and other buildings in the Diocese to become green buildings in the future.

Energy Pathfinder Webinar No 2 
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Adapt Northern Heritage - Seminar on Climate Change
Nano Nagle Place, Cork
Adapt Northern Heritage  is another project supported by the Interreg Program for the Northern Periphery and Arctic region. The project supports communities and local authorities to adapt northern cultural heritage to the environmental impacts of climate change and associated natural hazards through community engagement and informed conservation planning.
Energy Pathfinder's Caitriona Courtney and Corinna McDonnell of NCE Insulation attended Adapt Northern Heritage's one-day seminar on climate change held at the historic Nano Nagle Place in Cork city. The seminar focused on looking at the climate change adaptation of Cork’s historic places and was organised by Historic Environment Scotland as lead partner of the project. 

The seminar began with a meet and greet, where the people attending got to have a chat over a cup of coffee. There was a warm welcome to the event by Rebecca Bain and Vanessa Glindmeier of Historic Environment Scotland who gave a background on the Adapt Northern Heritage project and its demonstrator sites.  

Attendees were then given the chance to visit a local case study, The Red Abbey Tower, situated across the road from Nano Nagle Place. It was a cold yet sunny February morning and it was a treat to get to examine a place that is part of the fabric of the city and is the only structure in Cork that has survived since medieval times, originating as an Augustinian friary in the late 13th or early 14th century. As a site it had a colourful history from its use as a sugar refinery in the 18th century to being enveloped by housing during the 19th century. 

After lunch, the Red Abbey was used as a case study and  groups then undertook a risk management assessment. The groups looked at hazards, conservation challenges and environmental drivers and noted observations in seminar workbooks. Each group then attempted to define and prioritise the risks highlighted as well as timelines.

The overall experience was very interactive, informative, educational and socially engaging. It was a great opportunity to learn more about the great work being done by Adapt Northern Heritage, but it was also a fantastic networking prospect to meet like minded individuals and groups working in Cork city.

Visiting the local case study, The Red Abbey Tower to learn more about it's history since the early 13th or 14th century
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Energy Pathfinder is a project running from 2019 to 2022 with funding from the European Union, through the Interreg programme for the Northern Periphery and Arctic 2014-2020, and from the project partners, Cork Centre for Architectural Education, Historic Environment ScotlandLandsverkOulu University of Applied Sciences, Umeå University and NCE Insulation

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