The materiality of heritage buildings faces man-made and natural environments in settings from densely populated urban centers to rural environments that are changing on a global (e.g. climate change) over regional (e.g. urban heat islands) to local (e.g. green initiatives) scale. Our research is situated where the overlap between heritage science and environmental science applies to porous geomaterials in heritage buildings. This includes the study of hygrothermal processes in different environments and sustainable approaches for stone conservation and restoration, cross-cutting spatial and temporal scales. In other words, we study how pore scale processes contribute to long-term resilient buildings.

The following topics are of special interest to the group:

  • Building resilience
  • Material degradation and environment
  • Innovative conservation and restoration treatments