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EFFESUS – Researching energy efficiency for European historic districts

EFFESUS is a European research project investigating measures and tools to make significant improvements to historic districts whilst protecting their heritage value. Historic districts are an integral, important part of European cultural identify and heritage. Improving their energy efficiency sensibly will help to protect this heritage for future generations.

Historic Scotland is one of 23 project partners participating in EFFESUS, a project funded by the EuropeanCommission under its 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7). EFFESUS runs from 2012 to 2016 and brings together partners from 13 European countries, including three partners from Scotland.The acronym EFFESUS stands for Energy Efficiency for EU Historic Districts’ Sustainability.

EFFESUS will develop new and adapted technologies for use within historic districts; produce a software tool to inform decisions on improvement measures; provide various training and awareness activities; and demonstrate its results in real case studies in seven historic districts, including a case study in Glasgow.

On this web page, Historic Scotland presents its involvement in the EFFESUS project. For a general introduction to the project, please see the project factsheet and leaflet.

PDF icon EFFESUS Factsheet [PDF, 1MB]
PDF icon EFFESUS Leaflet [PDF, 1MB]

For further information, please visit the project website where you can also find out more about publications and future events and training opportunities and where you can sign up for a regular project newsletter.

EFFESUS partner Historic Scotland

As a project partner, Historic Scotland is involved in various activities in the EFFESUS project, from its start until its completion in 2016. You can find out more about our involvement in our publication series EFFESUS Partner Historic Scotland. The first issue provide General Information about Historic Scotland’s involvement and later issues will give a summary of activities for each of the four project years.

PDF icon EFFESUS partner Historic Scotland – General information [PDF, 1MB]
PDF icon EFFESUS partner Historic Scotland – Actvities 2012/13 [PDF, 1MB]

EFFESUS outcomes supported by Historic Scotland

EFFESUS is developing a software tool to inform the process of retrofit decision making, both at building and urban scales. Historic Scotland has supported this work in two ways: Firstly, existing data sources, which could be used in an assessment software, have been identified and assessed, with a particular on sources relevant to the UK. This work was carried out, on behalf of Historic Scotland, by Changeworks, a sustainable development organisation. The result, essentially a gazetteer of data sources, has been published in Historic Scotland’s series of Technical Papers:

Historic Scotland Technical Paper 21

Secondly, Historic Scotland has developed, together with other partners, a method for assessing the impacts of (energy-related) retrofit measures on heritage significance. This conceptual method has been described, together with illustrative case studies, in the following papers and presentation:

The Historic Environment, July 2014, vol. 5, issue 2, pp.135-52

PDF icon Industries of Architecture conference – Retrofit in Practice: What next? (position paper) [PDF, 146KB]

PDF icon Industries of Architecture conference – Retrofit in Practice: What next? (presentation) [PDF, 1.51MB]

Other Scottish project partners

Apart from Historic Scotland, the EFFESUS project has two more British project partners, all from Scotland.

A. Proctor Group, a building materials manufacturer and supplier, developing for EFFESUS aerogel insulation products suitable for use in historic buildings.

Dennis Rodwell, an internationally working heritage consultant and architect-planner, advising in EFFESUS on conservation and planning aspects.


The EFFESUS project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 314678


Image: historic centre of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, one of seven cities hosting an EFFESUS case study © Turismo de Santiago de Compostela

The views expressed in this project reflect those of the project consortium. The European Union is not liable for its content and the use that may be made of the information contained herein.

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