The project, which is partially funded by the European Union, aims to use information technology in the field of rehabilitation of heritage buildings. This is done by designing three-dimensional models for the targeted buildings, which also include information on building materials and style … etc) in order to facilitate maintenance strategies and reduce energy consumption costs. This includes raising its efficiency and providing a tool for the public owner to manage, monitor and rationalize energy consumption rates and preserve the environment and heritage buildings simultaneously. It is expected that this project will be considered best practice and can be used in the design and construction of new buildings. The project is one of the projects funded, in part, by the European Union, with a duration of 36 months, in which research teams from several Euro-Mediterranean countries (Italy, Spain, Cyprus, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt) participate.
We live in a “digital age” where information technology transforms every aspect of our lives, according to Prof. Amin Shoukry – Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology and the principal researcher of the project. Since energy is the mainstay of development and its loss affects the national economy, the environment and global warming, it is important to increase the awareness of decision makers and construction workers to the importance of improving energy efficiency in heritage and public buildings, denoting the importance of adopting solutions that depend on information technology.
Prof. Hassan Al-Banna Fath – Professor of Water Desalination and Energy Technologies at the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology – and co-researcher, added that the project includes simulating energy consumption rates in the buildings under study in order to rationalize and raise energy efficiency. Subsequently, the idea will be circulated to other building sectors, and hence reduce energy consumption costs, highlighting the economic impact on the personal and national levels.
Dr. Zeyad El-Sayad – Assistant Professor and Dr. Dina Taha – Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture at Alexandria University – project advisors in the field of building modeling – added that the project will be implemented on two buildings in the center of Alexandria. The Qirdahi Building – a building established in 1930 on an area of 6000 m² and El-Horreya Center for Creation – established since 1888 – will be used as models for heritage buildings with the aim of studying the possibility of raising energy efficiency in them using modern digital technologies.
The research team will prepare a workshop on energy rationalization in public buildings and heritage buildings in particular. Officials, experts, decision makers, consultants, professors, university students, and civil and community associations will be invited to present and discuss project elements and study the possibility of establishing bodies to fund similar projects to rationalize energy consumption in heritage and public buildings.