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”Life-cycle assessments on Maintenance and Renovation for Sustainable built heritage (Life-on-MaRS)”

Published: 22 April 2020

Long-term and continuous maintenance can be more sustainable and suitable for preserving the value of cultural-historical buildings and reducing energy use compared to in-depth renovation.

Purpose and goal:

The aim of the project is an increased understanding of how energy efficiency can be integrated with a continuous process of care and maintenance for a sustainable long-term management of heritage buildings


The project compares and assess various scenarios for renovation and maintenance of a number of historic buildings with regard to the impact on cultural values, energy use, climate impact and costs from a life cycle perspective.

Expected results:

  • An evaluation and comparison of different strategies for renovation and maintenance of historic buildings from a life cycle perspective.
  • To show the potential for applying life cycle assessments in the maintenance of buildings with cultural value.
  • To understand how and in what cases an healthy maintenance of historic buildings can have beneficial effects compared to an in-depth energy renovation.

Exploitation of the results:

The target group are the owners and managers of heritage buildings, such as homeowners, real estate companies and tenant-owner associations. The project will support them in the decision-making about the sustainable and long-term maintenance of their properties with regard to energy, costs and carbon dioxide emissions from a life-cycle perspective. Various competencies from cultural heritage professionals and SMEs will be involved.

Project team:

Andrea Luciani & Sofia Lidelow, Luleå University of Technology | Farshid Shadram, IVL, Swedish Environmental Institute | Stephan Fickler, Swedish Building Protection Association

The project is  funded by Energimyndigheten within the national research programme “Spara och Bevara” for energy efficiency in historic buildings.

Andrea Luciani

Andrea Luciani, Senior Lecturer

Phone: +46 (0)920 493949
Organisation: Architecture, Architecture and Water, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering