Sydney Talk Series/2: Research in Climate Change and Heritage

Sydney, March 23
Photographs of some Heritage and Climate Change Case Studies that will be discussed.

The 2023 SYDNEY TALKS NUMBER 2, will take place on Thursday 23rd March 2023, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm AEDT, at NBRS Architecture on Level 2 of 4 Glan Street, Milsons Point, NSW, 2061.

Peter Cox from Ireland will speak about Research in Climate Change and Heritage at 5:30pm for 6:00 pm.

Research in Climate Change and Heritage Peter Cox FRSA from Ireland is an expert in Embodied and Embedded Carbon in existing buildings

Carrig lead by Peter Cox, is at the forefront of international research into the effects of Climate Change & Heritage. Working with institutions across Europe and beyond, studies, reports and policy documents on the subject have been produced.

Carrig wrote the Climate Change Adaptation Plan for the Archaeological & Built Heritage for the Irish Government – this document, the first on this subject in Europe, is now part of Ireland’s Climate Action Plan which was brought into law in 2021, and are also now employed by the Irish Government to implement the first number of objectives of the plan.

Carrig have just completed a policy document for the Irish Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage “Guidelines on the Energy Retrofit of Traditional & Heritage Buildings” which will be published shortly.

Carrig carried out an important study for Historic England – “Understanding Carbon in the Built Environment” published in 2020.

Carrig have also carried out Climate Risk Assessments on World Heritage Sites, on national and international heritage sites in Ireland and Italy, and was part of a major study namely “Adapt Northern Heritage” which was funded by the EU and involved case studies in Ireland, Scotland, Norway, Greenland and Iceland.

Carrig partnering with Extent, in Australia, produced a Climate Risk Assessment of Heritage Assets in the State of Victoria in 2020 for the Heritage Council of Victoria.

Peter was part of the working group from the ICOMOS ISC 20th Century Committee, that produced the “Cadiz Document”, conservation of early 20th Century concrete buildings.

A number of Case Studies with ancient and modern 20th Century buildings, will also be discussed.

Peter Cox – FRSA

Peter has a primary degree in chemical engineering and a masters in material science and has worked in the analysis of the decay of masonry, the treatment of stone and of mortar in the conservation of historic buildings. He is the founding member of Carrig Conservation International Limited and has gained over thirty five years international experience of stone conservation in historic buildings and all types of porous building materials. Peter is an expert in Embodied and Embedded Carbon in existing buildings and since 2012 he has been President of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Energy, Sustainability & Climate Change. In 2019 Peter was elected a fellow of the RSA for services to conservation and sustainability.

Time & Date: Thursday 23rd March 2023, 5.30pm for 6pm start

Cost: Students $10, Members $15, Non-Members $20, all payable through Eventbrite heritage-tickets-567357931847

Venue: NBRS Architecture, Level 2, 4 Glen Street, Milsons Point, 2061 RSVP by Tuesday 21st March 2023. Bookings are essential as places are limited. Any queries to

Australia ICOMOS, DOCOMOMO Australia, NSW Chapter Australian Institute of Architects members and friends are all invited to attend.