Special Issue "Low Carbon Building Design"
A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2014
Dr. Alice Moncaster
Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 1TN, 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
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
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.
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- 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
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.
Type of Paper: Article
Title: Design Stage Whole Building Modelling for Low Carbon Offices – Case Study Evidence
Authors: HF Castleton*1, EA Hathway2, E Murphy3, SBM Beck4
Affilications: 1 Sheffield School of Architecture, University of Sheffield, UK
2 Department of Civil & Structural Engineering, University of Sheffield, UK
3 Mott MacDonald, Sheffield, UK
4 Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Sheffield, UK
Abstract: In recent years the building energy performance gap has become a core topic in the endeavour to reduce carbon emissions from the built environment. Where estimations of building energy consumption have been made at the design stage, higher energy consumption is often recorded once the building is operational. Two new office buildings of similar design and located in the same UK city have provided real life case studies to investigate what modelling predictions were originally made at the design stage, how close these were to measured building performance, and how these could better represent what is happening in-use.
Energy performance assessment of both buildings showed that one building used 27% less electricity and 30% less heat than predicted. The second building used 32% more electricity and approximately the same amount of natural gas as predicted. A detailed, longitudinal energy analysis has enabled the in-use energy end use breakdown to be calculated and compared to modelling predictions. True occupancy hours and density have been determined, with longer hours and lower density than expected in both buildings.
Design stage dynamic simulation model settings and results have been analysed to understand the modelling approach taken at the design stage. Measured building performance was then used to update these model settings and compare back to the original design stage settings. This has shown that, with greater consideration of how a building will be operated, better informed design stage model settings should lead to more accurate energy predictions. Consideration of out-of-hours loads should also be made in design stage models.
Where a number of roof mounted photovoltaic panels are present on one of the buildings, a comparison between the energy generation predicted by the design stage model has been compared to measured electricity generation of the panels over a two year period.
Last update: 5 March 2014