President of the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology: Research Project for the Rehabilitation of Heritage Buildings in Alexandria
Prof. Ahmed El-Gohary, President of the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST), announced the launch of implementation of a project for the rehabilitation of heritage buildings in Alexandria Governorate which will start with the Cordahi Building. He explained that the project is partially funded by the European Union with the participation of research teams from Italy, Spain, Cyprus, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon and Egypt using information technology to rehabilitate heritage buildings, by designing 3D models of the targeted buildings.
Prof. Amin Shoukry, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at E-JUST and the principal investigator of the project – said that we live in a “digital age”, where information technology is transforming every aspect of our lives, adding that energy is the pillar of development and its loss affects the national economy, the environment and global warming. This emphasizes the importance of improving energy efficiency in heritage and public buildings and the importance of adopting information technology-based solutions.
Dr. Zeyad El-Sayad and Dr. Dina Taha, members of the Architectural Engineering department at the Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University and the researchers participating in the project, explained that the project includes simulating energy consumption rates in the buildings under study with the aim of rationalizing and raising energy efficiency in these heritage buildings and generalizing it to other building sectors, hence reducing energy consumption and global warming.
It is worth noting that the historical value of the Cordahi Building dates back to the early twentieth century, when the wealthy “Cordahi” built it next to the Muhammad Ali Pasha Theater (now Sayed Darwish Theater) in addition to the twin buildings in front of the theater bearing the name of the engineer G. Parcq. The Cordahi Building is one of the buildings registered in the heritage catalogue, due to its distinctive architectural style.