Research Project at the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology:
Using Information Technology to Rehabilitate Heritage Buildings in Alexandria
Prof. Amin Shoukry, Professor of Engineering and Computer Science at the Egypt- Japan University of Science and Technology, and the principal investigator of the BEEP project, confirmed that the university has implemented the first project of its kind to rehabilitate heritage buildings in Alexandria; this includes the Cordahi Building and the Alexandria Center for Creativity. He explained that the project is partially funded by the European Union and with the participation of research teams from Italy, Spain, Cyprus, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon and Egypt, where information technology is used for the rehabilitation of heritage buildings, by designing three-dimensional models of the target buildings. He pointed out that energy is the mainstay of development and its loss affects the national economy, the environment, and global warming, which confirms the importance of improving energy efficiency in heritage buildings and public buildings and the importance of adopting solutions based on information technology.
Dr. Zeyad El Sayad, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University and a member of the project’s research team, added that the idea of the BEEP project relies on the introduction of information technology through the use of specialized three-dimensional programs, such as materials used in construction, for the purpose of creating a simulation of energy inside the building such as heating in winter and cooling in summer in order to save energy consumption by adding simple things to buildings to enable distribution of temperature during different seasons.
He pointed out that a meeting was held with Representative Mohamed El Hennawy, a member of the Housing and Infrastructure Committee in the Egyptian Parliament, where the various opportunities and the current legislative framework for implementing the provision of energy use in the upcoming projects were discussed.