REthinking Sustainability TOwards a Regenerative Economy
COST Action CA16114 RESTORE (2017-2021)
Sustainable buildings and facilities are critical to a future that is socially just, ecologically restorative,
culturally rich, and economically viable within the climate change context. Despite over a decade of
strategies and programmes, progress on built environment sustainability fails to address these key issues.
Consequently, the built environment sector no longer has the luxury of being incrementally less bad, but,
with urgency, needs to adopt net-positive, restorative sustainability thinking to incrementally do ‘more good’.

Within the built environment sustainability agenda a shift is occurring, from a narrow focus on building energy
performance, mitigation strategies, and minimisation of environmental impacts to a broader framework that
enriches places, people, ecology, culture, and climate at the core of the design task, with a particular
emphasis on the salutogenic benefits towards health. Sustainability in buildings, as understood today, is an
inadequate measure for current and future architectural design, for it aims no higher than trying to make
buildings “less bad”. Building on current European Standards restorative sustainability approaches can and
will raise aspirations and deliver restorative outcomes.

The RESTORE Action affects a paradigm shift towards restorative sustainability for new and existing
buildings across Europe, promoting forward thinking and multidisciplinary knowledge, leading to solutions
that celebrate the richness of design creativity while enhancing users’ experience, comfort, health, wellbeing,
and satisfaction inside and outside buildings, and in harmony with urban and natural ecosystems,
reconnecting users to nature.
The RESTORE Action advocates, mentors, and influences for a restorative built environment sustainability
through working groups, training schools (including learning design competitions) and Short Term Scientific
Missions (STSMs). Also, in order to facilitate communication and dissemination of results, our Action offers
conference grants and open access publication grants.

Atlas of Solutions

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Atlas of Solutions

The Atlas of Solutions represents an online interactive map representing case studies collected within the work of the WG4.
These case studies incorporate technologies aimed at improving the quality of the indoor environment.

Authors
COST Restore (2021).
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Regenerative Construction and Operation

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Regenerative Construction and Operation

The publication helps bridge the gap between design and construction, following a Life Cycle Approach consisting of practical approaches for procurement, construction, operation and future life.

Authors
Peretti, G., Druhmann, C. K.,
Bleiziffer, J., Brown, M., Campama Pizarro, R., del Río Merino, M.,
Gremmelspacher, J., Kontovourkis, O., Nenonen, S., Purs, I., Villoria Sáez, P., & Vula Rizvanolli,
B. (Eds.) (2019).
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Regenerative Design in Digital Practice: A Handbook for the Built Environment

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Regenerative Design in Digital Practice: A Handbook for the Built Environment

The publication explores how the regenerative concept is now being applied to the regenerative design of cities and buildings.
A series of digital design approaches are exemplified via a series of examples drawn from leading international practitioners and researchers.

Authors
Naboni, E., & Havinga, L. C. (Eds.) (2019).
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Regenerative Guide for Educators, Students and Practitioners

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Regenerative Guide for Educators, Students and Practitioners

A Regenerative Guide for Educators, Students and Practitioners.

Authors
Brown, M., Battisti, C. et al.(2021).
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Regenerative technologies for the indoor environment: Inspirational guidelines for practitioners

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Regenerative technologies for the indoor environment: Inspirational guidelines for practitioners

The publication presents activities undertaken with the aim of defining the aspects that determine a regenerative
indoor environment, so that all the technologies and their characteristics that provide this regenerativeness may be defined. Practitioners can approach aware design of indoor regenerative environments with examples of solution-sets within the building domain and case
studies.

Authors
Lollini, R., & Pasut, W. (Eds.) (2020).
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RESTORE members scientific contribution to RESTORE Research

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RESTORE members scientific contribution to RESTORE Research

Member publications are Papers that were not funded by COST via RESTORE, but by the members and their host.

Authors
RESTORE members publications
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RESTORE READY Sabden

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RESTORE READY Sabden

Proceedings booklet from RESTORE READY (REstore Action Dissemination Yield) event

Authors
Brown, M., Vanner, A., Watson, A., Williamson, A. (2021)
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RESTORY. Managing a COST Action as a Project

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RESTORY. Managing a COST Action as a Project

This publication has a double aim: to summarize the main results from the COST Action CA16114 REthinking Sustainability
TOwards a Regenerative Economy (RESTORE, 2017-2021); and to provide some insights into project management
that we as the team involved have put in place to ensure correct and successful development of the Action.

Authors
Battisti, C., Brown, M. et al.(2021).
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Rethinking Sustainability Towards a Regenerative Economy

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Rethinking Sustainability Towards a Regenerative Economy

The book highlights how sustainability in buildings, facilities and urban governance is crucial for a future that is socially just, ecologically restorative, and economically viable, both for Europe and for the whole planet. In light of the search for fair solutions to the climate crisis, the authors outline the urgency for the built environment sector to implement adaptation and mitigation strategies, as well as a just transition.

Authors
Andreucci, M. B., Marvuglia, A., Baltov, M., & Hansen, P. (Eds.) (2021).
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Scale Jumping: Regenerative Systems Thinking within the Built Environment

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Scale Jumping: Regenerative Systems Thinking within the Built Environment

A guidebook for regenerative implementation: Interactions, tools, platforms, metrics, practice.

Authors
Reith, A., & Brajković, J. (Eds.) (2021).
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