Urban Rehabilitation and Heritage
Integrating current buildings into urban planning is current practice and subject to legislation in order to safeguard the built and cultural heritage.
Rehabilitation as a future investment
Each rehabilitation project is unique and has a different value, and as such, subject to different processes.
The IC has developed relevant R&D activities in this area, providing services, among others, to inspect and diagnose existing buildings, which may include several aspects such as: the geometric and structural characterisation of buildings; running mechanical characterisation tests of materials and constructed elements; monitoring structures to assess their behaviour; defining intervention methodologies; technical consultancy in rehabilitation projects in buildings classified as cultural heritage and risk assessment (seismic, flood and fire), particularly in cultural heritage.
Investment in the areas of conservation, rehabilitation and structural reinforcement is of utmost importance to the IC as it considers it important to sustainably intervene in the existing constructions.