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BRUSSELS HERITAGE - ONE-DAY SEMINAR - 11/12/2014
Brussels Heritage online is the first digital edition of the
periodical of the same name. Devoted to the proceedings
of the symposium on "The energy future of existing
buildings in brussels: between preservation and performance", it contains the contributions presented
during the one-day seminar organised by Brussels
Urban Development, which was held in the Royal Library
of Belgium on 11th December 2014.
The purpose of this seminar was to lay the groundwork
for a collective examination by all administrations
and actors in the heritage and energy sector to find
solutions, over the long term, to achieve a better balance between the necessary preservation of Brussels'
buildings and the no less necessary search for energy
efficiency in these buildings. In order to identify the
issues and determine the key elements for future projects, we invited specialists from Brussels and abroad
and from a variety of backgrounds (including energy
engineers, architects, art historians and engineers)
to share their experiences and thoughts and compare
The seminar opened with a general outline of the
issues, examined in turn by Michael Govaert and Manja
Vanhaelen via the regulatory texts and a questioning of
the practitioners concerning their implementation and
objectives. Case studies also featured prominently in
the programme for the seminar. The issue of improving
energy performance was first tackled at regional level
as the reduction in consumption that we are aiming for
must be considered in relation to the urban form, as
emphasised by Julien Bigorgne, and not only based on
a particular building in isolation. This broad context is
reflected in the management plan for Logis-Floréal,
presented by Guido Stegen and Jonathan Fronhoffs.
This regulatory text, which takes an innovative approach
to the management of Brussels' heritage, sets out the
general conservation guidelines for the biggest collection of listed buildings in the Region while also clearly
defining the works that are permitted. In this way, the
Region has developed a clear framework in which conservation objectives can be identified by working on
the buildings on a case-by-case basis, while giving due
consideration to concerns relating to energy, economics, maintenance and comfort.
Specialised topics concerning the assessments to be
carried out prior to any work on a building were also
addressed via presentations by Julien Borderon and
Roald Hayen; the former examining the uncertainties
associated with thermal simulations applied to old
buildings and the latter reporting on the risks of problems inherent to the use of interior insulation, using
the listed former veterinary school in Anderlecht as an
As the notion of heritage has broadened over the years,
we chose to present examples of renovation involving
two social housing tower blocks. This provided an
opportunity to explore the future of these buildings (the
heritage value of which is often disputed) which are at
risk of demolition even though they contain a number
of tangible advantages from a renovation point of view.
Using these two examples, the underlying issues of
embodied energy, sustainability of fittings and the cultural value of these structures were explored.
Finally, presentations were delivered addressing
actions on the ground and projects concerning better management of energy in these buildings, as well
as raising awareness among residents and training
of trades. This was an opportunity to learn about the
positive impact of the Local Action Plan for Energy
Management (PLAGE) coordinated by Brussels
Environment, the Belgian Building Research Institute's
joint energy engineer/restorative architect training
project and, finally, to highlight the new challenges facing craftspeople working on the renovation of Brussels'
houses to improve energy efficiency and also preserve
their architectural and structural characteristics.
Through all these themes and the different interpretative frameworks applied to the issues raised, a number of important points of agreement emerged: the
certainty that there is no magic solution; that uncertainties are unavoidable; that the complexity of the
objects on which we work is real and must be better
taken into account; that it is essential for experimentation and evaluations to be carried out; and, over and
above all, that the resident must be the prime focus of
any approach. This analysis can only encourage us to
work together to respond to the challenges of the city
Director. Direction des Monuments et Sites.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of PROCEEDINGS OF ONE-DAY SEMINAR - The energy future of existing buildings in Brussels: between preservation and performance - 11/12/14
A WORD OF WELCOME
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ENERGY PERFORMANCE OF BUILDINGS WHEN RENOVATING?
ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE AND ENERGY PERFORMANCE: COMPATIBILITY CHALLENGES?
URBAN FORMS, TYPOLOGY AND IMPROVING THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY OF OLD BRUSSELS BUILDINGS
THE LISTED HOUSES OF THE LE LOGIS AND FLORÉAL GARDEN CITIES ADAPTATIONS TO CURRENT ENERGY AND COMFORT NEEDS
FINANCIAL IMPACT OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY MEASURES IN LE LOGIS AND FLORÉAL
ANALYSIS OF UNCERTAINTIES IN DYNAMIC THERMAL SIMULATIONS FOR OLD HOUSING: A CASE STUDY OF ONE APPARTMENT AND ONE HOUSE IN THE PARIS REGION
RISK ANALYSIS FOR APPLYING INTERIOR INSULATION IN HISTORICAL BUILDINGS: A CASE STUDY OF THE FORMER VETERINARY SCHOOL IN ANDERLECHT
IEDER ZIJN HUIS: THE RENOVATION OF A MODERNIST SOCIAL HOUSING TOWER BLOCK
HE BRUNFAUT TOWER: PRESENTATION OF THE CONCEPTUAL DESIGN CHALLENGES OF A RENOVATION
PRESENTATION AND RESULTS OF THE “PLAGE” PROJECTS LOCAL ACTION PLANS FOR ENERGY MANAGEMENT
THE BELGIAN BUILDING RESEARCH INSTITUTE: A CONTRIBUTION TO HERITAGE MAINTENANCE EXPLORING THE TRAINING OF HERITAGE ADVISORS SPECIALISING IN ENERGY
SUSTAINABLE RENOVATION OF A BRUSSELS HOUSE: A CHALLENGE FOR BUILDING TRADESMEN
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