Quotation Foster, Gillian Joanne, Kreinin, Halliki, Stagl, Sigrid. 2020. The future of circular environmental impact indicators for cultural heritage buildings in Europe. Environmental Sciences Europe. 32 (141), 1-17.




Background The European building and construction sector is extremely resource-intensive. This makes the renovation of existing buildings, including the adaptive reuse of cultural heritage buildings (ARCH), important for reducing the materials and energy intensity of the sector. Currently, Europe is embarking on a Circular Economy (CE) strategy that directly affects the environmental indicators for buildings and landscapes, including ARCH. However, there is a misalignment between macro-level European CE policy goals and micro-level renovation and management of existing buildings and ARCH. The analysis shows that macro European Union-level indicators are too narrowly defined to effectively guide the implementation of CE at the micro-project level for ARCH. Results This policy study develops a comprehensive ARCH Circular Environmental Impact Indicator Framework to close this gap by: (1) defining the research question; (2) identifying the causal network; and (3) selecting the best indicators. The study compares Circular Environmental Indicators for ARCH projects to current and developing European management schemes. Best practices in environmental impact assessment at the project level are highlighted for the building and construction sector in Europe. Conclusions The proposed new framework is a comprehensive and suitable list of explicitly circular environmental indicators for ARCH. The framework has immediate practical applications for practitioners and policymakers interested in the CE regime for buildings in Europe.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Environmental Sciences Europe
Citation Index SCI
Language English
Title The future of circular environmental impact indicators for cultural heritage buildings in Europe
Volume 32
Number 141
Year 2020
Page from 1
Page to 17
Reviewed? Y
URL https://enveurope.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s12302-020-00411-9
DOI https://doi.org/10.1186/s12302-020-00411-9
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://doi.org/10.1186/s12302-020-00411-9
JEL Q28, Q56, Q58, R58


CLIC - Circular Models Leveraging Investments in Cultural Heritage Adaptive Reuse
Foster, Gillian Joanne (Former researcher)
Kreinin, Halliki (Details)
Stagl, Sigrid (Details)
Institute for Ecological Economics IN (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1812 Regional development planning (Details)
1904 Interdisciplinary natural sciences (Details)
2420 Urban, village renovation (Details)
2425 Environmental planning (Details)
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