THE FEASIBILITY OF “OSCAR” AS AN INFORMATION SYSTEM FOR SUSTAINABLE REHABILITATION OF BUILT HERITAGE
- 1Azrieli School of Architecture, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Canada, K1S 5B6
- 2Jan Hird Pokorny Associates, Inc., 39 West 37th Street, Suite 12A, New York, United States, 10018
Keywords: Information Systems, Web Application, Sustainable Design, Heritage Conservation, Retrofit
Abstract. This paper aims to examine the feasibility of the Online Sustainable Conservation Assistance Resource (OSCAR) as an information system and framework to help find appropriate ways to improve the sustainable performance of heritage buildings in North America. The paper reviews the need for holistic comprehensive authoritative information in the field of sustainable conservation, how OSCAR addresses this gap, the OSCAR workflow, and how it was used in two case studies. It was found that OSCAR has potential to become a practical educational tool and design aide to address the sustainable performance of heritage buildings. The paper contributes to the discourse on sustainable conservation by examining resources and tools which address the need for holistic retrofit approaches. The findings will be useful to educators and professionals in the fields of sustainable design and heritage conservation.