Historic masonry reinforced with timber framing is a constructive system common to many European Countries. This system has proved its high resilience in earthquake scenarios and thus its suitability in seismic regions all across the Mediterranean basin. Numerous timber framed buildings have survived severe earthquakes with negligible damage. Besides, timber systems, like roof and floor structures, may play a fundamental role in bracing masonry walls and contributing to the overall earthquake resistance of historic buildings.

Learn from the experience and integrate innovative approaches towards a better assessment, improvement and safeguard of these structures are great challenges. Sound commonly accepted criteria regarding safety requirements, performance based assessment and code provisions applicable to existing buildings, particularly historic timber frames, are also key aspects that deserve our attention and should be addressed.
H.Ea.R.T 2015 provided a forum for engineers and architects, researchers, practitioners and authorities involved in history of technology, seismic engineering, construction, assessment, modeling, conservation, reinforcement and monitoring.

The Conference covered a broad range of areas, namely:
  • Assessment on site
  • Historical and constructive aspects
  • Physical modeling of joints, systems and structures
  • Numerical modelling
  • Performance based assessment
  • Safety requirements and code provisions
  • Monitoring
  • Conservation and strengthening