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Next Generation Solutions for Sustainable, Inclusive, Resource-efficient and Resilient Cultural Heritage

Project description

A sustainable approach to cultural heritage

Our cultural heritage, comprising tangible and intangible treasures, holds the key to creativity, well-being and identity. However, the diverse nature of historic buildings necessitates tailored renovation strategies, demanding a balance between energy efficiency and preservation. With this in mind, the EU-funded INHERIT project harnesses cutting-edge technologies such as the Internet of things, AI and big data analytics. It promotes sustainability, inclusiveness and resource efficiency throughout the life cycle of heritage buildings. With testing at eight European sites, INHERIT aims to make socially innovative and economically viable interventions, bolstered by a capacity-building programme and policy recommendations, ensuring our cultural heritage thrives in the modern age. The project will develop a systematic methodology.


Culture heritage - tangible and intangible - can be understood as a reservoir of creativity, well-being, identity and knowledge that is useful to overcome present and future challenges. The cultural value attributed to our traditional and historic buildings denotes our identity as communities and individuals, playing an important role both in urban and rural domains. The historic building stock is heterogeneous and consists of buildings from different time periods, constructed in different ways with different materials, and also follows different architectural ideals. This situation implies that there is a need for differentiated renovation strategies and targeted policies along the heritage built environment’s life cycle that promote energy efficiency, sustainability, inclusiveness and resource efficiency, while preserving cultural heritage value.
The overall vision of INHERIT is to create a systematic methodology, accompanied by leading-edge Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), such as Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and (big) data analytics, and associated social/behavioural practices, towards sustainable, inclusive and resource-efficient CH solutions. INHERIT will enable socially innovative and economic viable interventions at different urban levels (buildings, city/neighbourhood), covering all relevant aspects of the heritage-built environment’s life cycle: (1) Design and renovation; (2) Monitoring, operation and management; (3) Preservation and maintenance. The solutions will be tested in 8 cultural heritage sites across EU. In addition, INHERIT will create a capacity building programme addressing heritage operators and stakeholders (including large companies, SMEs, public authorities, research organisations and citizens) to support sustainable CH with particular focus on NEB community and projects and will work on policy recommendations towards sustainable heritage.


Net EU contribution
€ 612 500,00
14564 Nea Kifisia

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Total cost
€ 631 250,00

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