REHAB 2019 - 4th International Conference on Preservation, Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings and Structures aims to proceed with the discussion on built heritage and the preservation of its legacy, that was established in the previous editions of the event. The importance of conservation of historical constructions (built landscape, urban fabrics, buildings, and engineering works) are of utmost importance to preserve the cultural references of a community and was deeply discussed on March 2014, in Tomar, July 2015, in Porto and July 2017, in Braga.
Under the main topics of discussion, subjects of preservation and rehabilitation methodologies and technologies, as well the importance of the economic and social impacts of preservation practices are here covered as the main leading guidelines for the conference debate.
Furthermore, different communities’ scales (local, regional national or even worldwide) and authenticity interpretation raise different questions and approaches, and therefore different solutions that are worthily to study, to compare and to experience.
The sustainability approach is again covered, highlighting the importance of the commitment between heritage preservation and technical requirements related to its occupancy and use, such as energy efficiency or materials recovery.
Inclusivity is also an important aspect to be discussed as public historical sites and buildings need to be adapted to receive different kind of visitors (children, elderly or handicapped persons) and to establish an adequacy with the perceiving of the physical environment and information contents.
As a Special Chapter, "Risk analysis, disaster prevention and post-disaster mitigation in historic centres" is brought into evidence by the complexity of applying risk analysis and post-disaster measures in these cases. Risks of natural phenomena such as earthquacks and floods, as well phenomena caused by man such as fire, combined with the density of the urban fabric, the high combustion potential, and in many cases, over population, needs a more exploratory approach concerning the prevention and mitigation of these occurrences.
Authors intending to submit papers to REHAB 2019 are encouraged to address one of the topics of the Conference by providing evidence on past experience and ongoing research work. Further, REHAB 2019 will welcome papers and presentations on fieldwork, case studies and theoretical approaches to historical buildings preservation and conservation.
01- Technologies for inspection and monitoring of buildings performance and pathologies
Under this topic, authors should address questions on technologies and procedures for monitoring historic buildings behavior, including structural performance, indoor environmental quality, as well building pathologies such as materials ageing, water damages, biotic attacks, among others.
02- Seismic behaviour of historic buildings
Under this topic, submitted papers should focus on the problem seismic actions, including the discussion of solutions and measures to improve historic buildings behaviour.
03- Preservation and rehabilitation of historic centres
Under this topic, author are invited to submit papers related to historic centres preservation anda rehabilitation, focusing the problem of urban references, urban fabric as also the interaction with inhabitants and visitors.
04- Preservation and rehabilitation of historic buildings and structures
Examples of preservation and rehabilitation of historic buildings are suggested to be submitted under this topic. These case studies may cover from the conservation procedures to examples of renovation of existing structures for new uses, including additions of new architectural elements.
05- Authenticity and built heritage
Authenticity aspects of preservation and rehabilitation highlight historic significance and cultural references as fundamental questions to keep a community identity, by sharing its legacy through future generations.
06- Inclusivity principles applied to historic sites and buildings
Inhabitants and visitors with special needs are to be addressed carefully when historic sites and buildings are the case. This issue raises both theoretical approaches and practical solutions in order to allow daily tasks as also to allow rich and fulfilled experiences. In this topic innovative and proved approaches will be thoroughly discussed.
08- Sustainability principles and practices in the rehabilitation of historic buildings and structures
Under this topic, papers should present solutions for the improvement of historic buildings performance in order to meet more efficient solutions for thermal, acoustic and ventilation systems, including integration of passive solutions and new sustainable technologies such as PV panels.
09- Special Chapter: Risk analysis, disaster prevention and post-disaster mitigation in historic centres
Earthen buldings represents an ancient construction system that have specific aspects to be dealt with regarding their conservation. This kind of buildings are usually located in low income regions and therefore affordable solutions and the community involvement are aspects to be considered towards the preservation of these ancient construction techniques.