Special Issue "Low Carbon Building Design"


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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Alice Moncaster
Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 1TN, UK
Website: http://www.arct.cam.ac.uk/people/amm24@cam.ac.uk
E-Mail: amm24@cam.ac.uk
Phone: +44 1223 332976
Interests: embodied carbon and energy of buildings; socio-political impacts on sustainable construction; energy efficient retrofit and adaptation to future climates; timber and other bio-based construction materials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The need to reduce carbon from buildings, new and existing, is becoming increasingly critical. The problem is complex: carbon is emitted from energy use during the operational phase of buildings, but also from the production of materials and from the construction, refurbishment, demolition, and end of life phases. There are multiple regulations, financial mechanisms, tools, and certification schemes designed to encourage carbon reduction. Within this framework, the carbon impact of a building is determined by individual and collective decisions taken by clients, designers, and contractors, and by the occupiers throughout the lifetime of the building. These decisions are also influenced, however, by individual and professional interpretations, values, and practices, as well as by the commercial, political, professional or other interests that influence the ways in which decision-makers understand and engage with the carbon reduction problem.

The Special Issue editors aim to represent the latest understanding of this complex interdisciplinary field by collecting together new research within the field and by crossing into different areas. Papers are sought concerning the impact and use of low carbon building materials and of building-scale renewable energy technologies; embodied carbon approaches and the latest developments in life cycle analysis of buildings; the effects of improved collaboration within design teams; best practice (“zero carbon”?) new build and refurbishment; the impacts of occupiers and the potential for behavioral change; the effective use of tools and assessment schemes; and the impacts, intentional and unintentional, of policies, financial mechanisms, and regulations. Papers that span the technical and social disciplines, and which develop an understanding of carbon emissions as an inherently socio-technical problem, are particularly encouraged.

Dr. Alice Moncaster
Guest Editor


Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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.


  • energy efficiency
  • low/zero carbon
  • low carbon building materials
  • building-scale renewable energy technologies
  • embodied carbon
  • life cycle analysis
  • impacts of policies, regulations and financial mechanisms
  • tools for low carbon buildings
  • low carbon behaviours
  • science and Technology studies for the built environment

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p. 911-936
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Buildings 2014, 4(4), 911-936; doi:10.3390/buildings4040911
Received: 29 July 2014; in revised form: 29 October 2014 / Accepted: 30 October 2014 / Published: 18 November 2014
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p. 737-761
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Buildings 2014, 4(4), 737-761; doi:10.3390/buildings4040737
Received: 22 July 2014; in revised form: 30 September 2014 / Accepted: 30 September 2014 / Published: 17 October 2014
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Buildings 2014, 4(3), 488-519; doi:10.3390/buildings4030488
Received: 8 July 2014; in revised form: 19 August 2014 / Accepted: 21 August 2014 / Published: 16 September 2014
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Last update: 5 November 2014

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