The document is a “sustainable building tool” that will enhance the readers understanding of the environmental benefits of heritage conservation and the strong inter-relationship between natural and built heritage conservation.
Australia ICOMOS offers a toolkit of resources.
This guide focuses on environmental sustainability. While we should all be doing our best to reduce personal consumption, buildings remain major consumers of energy and materials and are one of the main contributors to greenhouse gas.
Literature review and case study synthesis on the benefits of heritage building conservation and how sustainability-focused strategies may be applied to enhance both environmental performance and heritage conservation.
Includes other resources and case studies.
In the face of global environmental change and its emerging challenges and unknowns, it is essential to have access to the best available information and knowledge. While science contributes significantly to understanding earth systems, social systems and their interactions, there is growing awareness that scientific knowledge alone is inadequate for solving the emerging environmental crises. The knowledge of indigenous peoples and local communities – often referred to as local, indigenous or traditional knowledge – is now recognized as essential, alongside science, for developing effective and meaningful action world-wide.
Includes links to other resources.
Heritage was long absent from the mainstream sustainable development debate despite its crucial importance to societies and the wide acknowledgment of its great potential to contribute to social, economic and environmental goals. Based on a strong appeal from national and local stakeholders, the 2030 Agenda adopted by the UN General Assembly integrates, for the first time, the role of culture, through cultural heritage and creativity, as an enabler of sustainable development across the Sustainable Development Goals. World Heritage may provide a platform to develop and test new approaches that demonstrate the relevance of heritage for sustainable development.
Now, more than ever before, the heritage field is faced with the need to qualify and quantify its fundamental contributions to society and sustainability. Whether through environmental, economic, or social benefits, the field must robustly demonstrate how it improves quality of life for communities. Realigning the goals of heritage conservation to ensure that they serve the greater good of the sustainability cause is an important first step.