Become INHERIT’s learning partner!


Step into the role of a learning partner, guiding the path toward sustainable, inclusive, and aesthetic enhancement goals of the New European Bauhaus. Enter peer learning activities and host INHERIT pilots!

Are you a professional institute, organisation, researcher, or expert in preservation of Cultural Heritage and have executed the NEB principles in your work? Do you have the technical expertise and know-how of innovation and technological advancement in various means of preservation of historic buildings, e.g.: adaptive reuse, refurbishment, energy efficiency and monitoring, H-BIM, digital twins, and AR-VR for monitoring to name a few? Or are you experienced in engaging stakeholders and communities in the technological transformation of heritage sites towards sustainability and/or circularity? Are you eager to share the knowledge and insights learned during the execution of your projects? Are you willing to contribute towards this exercise to develop, stimulate and facilitate synergies and peer learning and build your network of NEB enthusiasts?

Step into the role of a learning partner, guiding the path toward sustainable, inclusive, and aesthetic enhancement goals of the New European Bauhaus; Showcase the remarkable potential of energy efficiency in your projects and garner recognition within the community of learning for cultural heritage sites; Inspire and foster meaningful dialogue with INHERIT pilots across Europe, igniting positive change together.

This call invites practitioners, institutions, and organizations to share their work and participate in a non-monetary learning program. Meet the INHERIT pilots, demonstrate futuristic approaches for sustainable future and share your unique insights. The learning program aims to engage in capacity development programs and foster knowledge exchange, cooperation, and collaboration to enhance learning outcomes. The program envisions inspiring partnerships among professionals, institutions, and organizations.


Preservation of cultural heritage has been experiencing revolution through evolving concepts and dialogue and introduction of technological innovation. In conjunction to this, project ‘INHERIT: Next Generation Solutions for Sustainable, Inclusive, Resource-efficient and Resilient Cultural Heritage’ was launched with an aim to generate strategies and pilots for sustainable, inclusive, resource-efficient, and resilient Cultural Heritage. The project aims furthermore to foster the ethics and goals of the European Green Deal and the New European Bauhaus (NEB) through cultural heritage as a driver.

The overall vision of INHERIT is to create a systematic methodology, accompanied by leading-edge Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), such as Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and (big) data analytics, and associated social/behavioural practices, towards sustainable, inclusive, and resource-efficient CH solutions. INHERIT will enable socially innovative and economic viable interventions at different urban levels (buildings, city/ neighbourhood), covering all relevant aspects of the heritage-built environment’s life cycle:

  • Preservation and maintenance
  • Design and renovation
  • Monitoring, operation and management

What are the perks of joining this program?

  1. Become part of the larger community of learning partners exploring application of the New European Bauhaus framework for cultural heritage buildings;
  2. Garner visibility in the field of NEB and innovative solutions for sustainable, energy efficient CH;
  3. Contribute to the capacity building program which will be translated to a policy document for future practices for guidance and replicability;
  4. Access the learning packages on energy efficiency in heritage sites;
  5. Share your experiences as invited experts during INHERIT learning events and dedicated Breakfast@Sustainability facilitated by ICLEI Europe

What will your role be?

  • Host two INHERIT pilots for one day study visits (based on the needs and learning inputs, program of the visits developed by ICLEI Europe and aligned with the pilots, the hosts and objectives)
  • Share lessons learnt from your NEB projects, early adaptations, experiments to replicate the outcomes, reflect on the process, constructive discussions and feedback
  • Network with the INHERIT partners other related project to build on the ecosystem of NEB experts in the field of cultural heritage and resource efficiency

Costs involved:

Learning program and invited partnership is an in-kind program. The project will cover travel expenses of the INHERIT pilots to visit the hosting partners with no additional costs or expenditures for the hosting partners.

Themes of learning program to be addressed during the study visits (subject to change based on the needs):

The main aims for study visits are:

  • enhancing knowledge exchange
  • fostering collaboration
  • promoting best practices

More specific the study visits will address following themes aligned with specific needs of the hosts and the learning partners:

Theme 1: Human-centered and life-centered approaches to CH

The human-centered approach focuses primarily on the aspects of participation and engagement of communities, local regeneration, and social innovation; assess and address the socio-economic impacts of the interventions; facilitate accessibility through ergonomic principles (E.g.: barrier free access, elderly-friendly). The life-centered approaches cater to nature-based solutions coupled through interventions in historic buildings. These provide chances to integrate environmentally sustainable elements into the preservation of cultural heritage and associated mutual advantages (E.g.: introduction of terrace gardens, façade gardens), use of eco-friendly and natural materials for retrofitting to name a few..

Theme 2: Resources efficiency and circularity

Resource efficiency and circularity in cultural heritage, aligned with the principles of the New European Bauhaus, involve optimizing resource use and promoting a circular economy within heritage preservation. This entails minimizing waste, maximizing material lifespan, and embracing sustainable practices throughout the lifecycle of cultural heritage assets. By integrating these principles, conservation efforts can reduce environmental impact, conserve resources, and promote the sustainable management of cultural heritage..

Theme 3: Capacity for innovative, transdisciplinary, and contemporary approaches

Advancing technology in historical preservation entails utilizing state-of-the-art tools to strengthen conservation endeavours and efficiently integrating innovative technologies across different disciplines to enhance conservation methods such as AI-based algorithms, big data analytics (Including historical and archival findings, remote sensing and satellite measurements), Heritage Building Information Models (H-BIM), digital twins, use of interactive screens, Augmented Reality/ Virtual Reality AR/ VR interfaces, digital twin for heritage facilities’ real time monitoring amongst others, demonstrating energy efficiency through use of sensors and monitoring. Furthermore, the capacity for social innovations is relevant, including bottom-up initiatives, empowering new governance models, co-creation, and co-implementation of change.


INHERIT will be demonstrated and validated in 8 real-life cultural heritage sites across 8 countries: Croatia, France, Greece, Latvia, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and Türkiye.

Click here to learn more on INHERIT’s pilot sites.

Download the info-sheet to get an outlook on INHERIT’s pilots and solutions.

Timeline and ​stages

  1. Launch of call: 11th April 2024
  2. Closing date: 10th June 2024
  3. Selection of the hosts: July 2024
  4. Design of study visits: August 2024
  5. Developing tailored programmes, matching pilots with the hosts: August – October 2024
  6. Study visits, feedback rounds: November 2024 – June 2025
  7. Webinars and networking events for pilots, learning partners and other stakeholders: March 2025 onwards

Who can apply?

A minimum of 4 partners across Europe will be selected to host study visits (for two INHERIT pilots), share experiences, and learn based on the following criteria:

  • Case typology: Public buildings having uses such as administrative offices, museums and archives, concert halls, commercial buildings; and/ or residential buildings, social housing; and/or adaptive reuse projects, Contributing to at least one of the three themes of the learning program
  • Type of entities applying: NEB local incubations, other pilots in NEB related Horizon projects, NEB Prizes winners or participants (2021, 2022, 2023), projects, organisations with experiences with the NEB. Beyond this, architecture and engineering professionals, experts, researchers, institutions dealing with and having expertise and delivered successful projects which may include historic preservation, adaptive reuse, cross-cutting technology and energy efficiency, digital tools and technologies and relevant skills and expertise in cultural heritage
  • Project type and status: Completed projects and/ or on-going near completion projects

How to apply

Interested candidates to join the learning program are required to submit the online application form, including supporting documentation. The language of the applications is English. The deadline for submissions 20th May 2024 at 17.00 CEST.

The guidelines for applicants describe the application and selection process in detail, explaining what information and documents are required in the application form.

The call helpdesk can be contacted via with any questions regarding the application process and the selection criteria.


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