Special Issue "Life-Cycle Energy Analysis of Buildings"


A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2015

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Elma Durmisevic
Green and Adaptable Buildings, Centre for Green Transformable Buildings Devision of 4D Architects, Herengracht 473, 1017BS Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Website: http://www.utwente.nl/ctw/gtbcenter/
E-Mail: e.durmisevic@4darchitects.nl
Phone: +31 20 3206621
Interests: integrated climate concepts for green buildings; adaptable building structures; design for disassembly in construction; circular material flow by design; social individual impacts on sustainable architecture; zero energy buildings and built environment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is estimated that over 50% of the world’s population now lives in cities. According to the UN Habitat, that is set to rise to 60% within a couple of decades. Cities are responsible for around 65% of all energy used and 70% of all greenhouse gases produced worldwide. The exponential increase in population, and contemporaneous increase in standard of living for many, will mean that the demand for essential goods and services will increase substantially.

In many fields the limits of what Earth can sustain have already been reached (Fokkema 2007). While there is an exponential growth in population, there is decline in the necessary resources to sustain this population. The key challenge of the 21st century is to redefine the way resources are being consumed and find sustainable solutions to treat materials and energy resources.

The building sector accounts for 50% of global greenhouse gas emission (UNEP-IETC, 2002) which makes it the largest single contributor to greenhouse gas emissions globally. In many countries the construction industry accounts for up to 40% of materials entering the global economy (CIWMB 2000), 50% of waste production, and 40 % of energy consumption. Materials used for buildings will have an impact on building energy consumption, but also on reuse and recycling potential of buildings.

Energy use is a widely used measure of the environmental impact of buildings. Operational energy is the first that needs to be tackled; however, as buildings are becoming better isolated and ever more renewable energy sources are being used, embodied energy has gained additional focus. Buildings use energy throughout their whole life cycle from construction to the end. Studies on the total energy use during the whole life cycle of the building are necessary, in order to identify strategies for energy reduction and its circular flows through the built environment.

This amplifies the need to look into all energy flows throughout the building phases. The life cycle analyses of energy flows have become essential in order to provide an integral view of the energy impact of the building sector on the environment.

This Special Issue aims at addressing the many inter-related aspects of the life-cycle energy analysis of buildings, including green energy strategies for energy positive buildings, CO2-balanced building, life cycle design of building, life time building energy, bioclimatic design and evaluation methods that guide the design and decision making process towards achieving green buildings and built environment.

Dr. Elma Durmisevic
Guest Editor


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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Buildings is an international peer-reviewed Open Access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 300 CHF (Swiss Francs). English correction and/or formatting fees of 250 CHF (Swiss Francs) will be charged in certain cases for those articles accepted for publication that require extensive additional formatting and/or English corrections.


  • life-cycle energy assessment
  • embodied energy in material
  • energy efficiency
  • life cycle design methodology
  • energy optimization by design
  • strategies for energy reduction

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Last update: 17 September 2014

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