International Conference Catania - Italy
1st to 3rd February 2018
Seismic and Energy Renovation for Sustainable Cities
Call for Abstract extended to 31st July 2017
Welcome to SER4SC 2018, an extraordinary opportunity to see Catania and Sicily as never before. You will experience some of the most exciting venues of this beautiful island, the pearl of the Mediterranean, as well as the world famous Festival of Saint Agatha, which takes place in Catania annually from 3rd to 5th February.
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Sustainability and safety of cities. Description of the vulnerability and/or energy performance scenario of any region or town. Tools and methods for assessing the urban vulnerability to natural hazards and for determining the scale of intervention to adequately reduce this vulnerability. Cost evaluation for the improvement of the urban resilience to natural hazards. Scenarios of possible financial incentives.
Urban regeneration strategies for the reduction of seismic vulnerability and/or energy dependence. Integrated land use and transport planning to reduce energy consumption due to private means of transportation.
Description of construction techniques adopted for historic buildings (i.e. built before 1950) and recent buildings (i.e. built from the 1950s to the 1980s). Relationships between construction techniques and seismic or energy performance of buildings.
Development of novel diagnostic techniques and numerical models to determine the seismic vulnerability and/or the energy performance of historic and/or recent buildings.
Technical solutions, materials and methods for the seismic and/or energy renovation of historic and/or recent buildings.
Development of prefabricated systems to accelerate seismic and/or energy renovation activities, in order to reduce costs and inconvenience to the occupants.
Novel tools for design, monitoring and management of existing buildings (e.g. BIM, parametric design, form finding, sensor grids, building management systems, etc.), with particular reference to renovation and post-renovation activities.
Economic and financial tools, measures and policies to promote renovation activities.
Development of user-friendly decision support tools to select the best seismic and/or energy renovation scenario, in terms of effectiveness, efficiency, costs, available incentives and subsidizes, safety, inconvenience to the occupants, etc.
Strategies to overcome different organizational and practical problems, which considerably limit the real possibility to undertake retrofit actions, especially for multi-owner housing and high-rise buildings: consensus to the retrofit expenditure by condominium ownerships, excessive duration of renovation works and temporary alternate accommodation for occupants, split-incentive/landlord-tenant dilemma, excessive time for getting construction permits, need of regulatory simplification, etc.
Development of new policies to promote the awareness of the disastrous consequences of inadequate or insufficient prevention actions. Strategies to disseminate, among interested stakeholders, technical skills and competences on retrofitting measures, as well as to highlight the economic convenience of undertaking combined seismic and energy renovations. Training activities.