Quotation Foster, Gillian Joanne, Kreinin, Halliki. 2020. A review of environmental impact indicators of cultural heritage buildings: A circular economy perspective. Environmental Research Letters. 15 (4)




This paper is the first in-depth review of the state of the art of environmental impact indicators for adaptive reuse of cultural heritage (ARCH) buildings from a circular economy perspective. Buildings are a necessary component of sustainability planning because they are significant consumers of natural resources, producers of construction and demolition waste, and contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, buildings, particularly ARCH buildings, are long lasting; therefore, measuring and managing their environmental impacts is crucial to achieving the universal vision of a sustainable, low-carbon economy. The research answers the questions, "What are the environmental impact indicators used by individual ARCH building project analyses?" and "Are the most commonly used indicators reflecting Circular Economy concepts?" It synthesizes and defines current practice in the field whilst highlighting the gaps between practice and policy. Although the term "Circular Economy" is not explicitly and routinely used in the literature, related concepts such as life cycle analysis, energy consumption reduction, energy efficiency, and embodied carbon / energy are evident at the project level. Concrete and measured environmental indicators are not mainstream. However, narratives of environmental protection feature prominently in the literature, indicating an environmental motivation for repurposing cultural heritage buildings. Further, there is a gap between common indicators of circularity and the ARCH building project level indicators shown in the dataset.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Environmental Research Letters
Citation Index SCI
Language English
Title A review of environmental impact indicators of cultural heritage buildings: A circular economy perspective
Volume 15
Number 4
Year 2020
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ab751e
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/ab751e#artAbst


CLIC - Circular Models Leveraging Investments in Cultural Heritage Adaptive Reuse
Foster, Gillian Joanne (Former researcher)
Kreinin, Halliki (Details)
Institute for Ecological Economics IN (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
2919 Energy research (Details)
2959 Sustainable development, sustainable economics (Details)
4118 Renewable energy (also energy sources, raw materials) (Details)
4119 Regenerable raw materials (Details)
4924 Sustainable development, sustainable economics (Details)
5368 Sustainable development, sustainable economics (Details)
5912 Social sciences (interdisciplinary) (Details)
5914 Environmental research (Details)
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