The EU CHIC aims implementing ECTP FACH (Focus Area Cultural Heritage of the European Technology Construction Platform. This Focus Area is leaded by University Ljubljana, Labein-Tecnalia and Maxit-Saint Gobain) motto "New strategies, concepts, methodologies and techniques for preventive conservation and sustainable intervention in the cultural heritage for increasing the attractiveness of the European territories, cities and buildings". Through the implementation the project will "demonstrate a significant cost-benefit advantage for all owners, managers, conservators who have in charge to protect the movable and immovable cultural assets and also have to monitor and systematically report all human and natural changes of state to make the most appropriate knowledgeable and economic choice for an effective preventive conservation".

Main result of EU CHIC project will be written guidelines:

  • With harmonised criteria, that will enable to collect a whole set of information which is arising during the entire lifetime of a certain building and/or asset and
  • With directions, that will help to select the most effective tools and methods to store collected information

Other important outputs of the project will be:

  • Collection and assessment of current Identity Card like models and harmonisation of criteria, indicators and existing European standards for development of the Identity Card concept
  • Analysis of risk indicators and roadmap for future research activities in this field
  • Assessment, evaluation and presentation of methods, techniques and tools for the support of relevant IC models, and establishment of criteria for their selection
  • Recommendations and strategic planning guidelines for further EU policies and measures to implement EU CHIC and to develop new research projects or products

From the record of information the alternation of assets, building components and building itself will be evident. These will ease a decision making process in restoration and refurbishment plans as well as management of heritage buildings. It will also give complete insight in history of building and enable launching of repair and strengthening activities when needed. Recording and monitoring of the physical characteristics of the building stock enables the establishment of comparable data base on the national and international level. These are especially important in regions endangered by natural hazards as earthquakes, storms, floods, fire and exposure to particular local geological conditions and others. Solid knowledge about the country’s heritage building stock and assets enables creation of well focused national and international programs, aims at fulfilment of global goals in urban areas, like improvement of energy efficiency, reduction of CO2 and other harmful emissions in building sector, use of sustainable repair and strengthening materials, existing buildings rehabilitation and integration in contemporary life.

The objectives of the EU CHIC project are:

  • To identify past and current initiatives and RTD projects regarding identity card methodologies, in order to assess the most valuable initiatives in this field

  • To identify and analyze the criteria and indicators for risks assessment, in respect to the policies and principles for the protection of heritage, that could be considered in the identity card models

  • To identify and assess methods and techniques, used for data collection, to evaluate most suitable and adequate tool or system to collect and store data and to identify key players in the collection and storage process

  • To establish criteria for data collection, including the level of protection of the heritage and the minimum standard required

  • To suggest integrated documentation protocols and strategic planning guidelines for implementation and validation of the EU CHIC procedure

  • To build criteria and protocols to be followed in order to have a common methodology in each country and to encourage the exchange of documents between European countries

  • To establish and implement the dissemination strategies of the project results

Final achievement of the EU CHIC project will be guidelines, establishing the assessment process of the European cultural heritage through the identity card concept. These guidelines will contain:

  • Assessment of a certain data collection (including risk indicators), that should be undertaken. This part of the document will be created as a combination of questionnaires and data sheets, and will include harmonisation of criteria and indicators of those existing European standards, that could be used for development of the Identity Card concept
  • Evaluation of the most usable tools and methods of data collection and storage and criteria to select the most appropriate tool and method in each case
  • Determination of criteria to be considered regarding further and past alternation of assets

After the project completion, these guidelines will provide the essential document for further development of European policies for traceability of cultural assets and for harmonization of criteria for the future maintenance of European cultural heritage.

One of the main targets regarding future EU CHIC implementation is the establishment of standards or pre-standards to harmonize criteria and methods for collecting and analyzing data as useful background information for the proper conservation and management of cultural heritage.