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Special Issue "Advanced Innovative Solutions for Final Design in Terms of Energy Sustainability of Nearly/Net Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB)"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Domenico Mazzeo

Department of Mechanical, Energy and Management Engineering (DIMEG) - University of Calabria
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Interests: energy efficiency in buildings; energy saving in buildings; thermal energy storage; phase change materials; green roof; mathematical modeling of heat transfer; building simulation; renewable energy; solar plants; ground source heat pump system
Co-Guest Editor
Prof. Giuseppe Oliveti

Department of Mechanical, Energy and Management Engineering (DIMEG) - University of Calabria
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Interests: energy efficiency in buildings; dynamic thermal behavior of building walls; solar radiation modeling; solar plants; wind energy; infrared heat exchange in buildings; thermal energy storage; phase change materials; mathematical modelling of heat transfer; heating ventilation and air-conditioning

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

EU Directives have reinforced both studies and research for the development of innovative technological solutions to improve building energy performance and to achieve a reduction in total energy consumption, with benefits in terms of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as well as in economic terms.

In order to realize nearly/net Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB), sustainability has become a significant aspect and has been integrated into the design, construction and operation of buildings. For this reason, innovative sustainable technological solutions have been proposed to improve the thermal performance of the building envelope and to increase the use of energy from renewable sources. For example, they concern: (i) the stratigraphy of walls and the windows, through the use of phase change materials, of new silica aerogel-based insulating, of green vertical system and of green and cool roofs, etc.; (ii) the integration of systems that employ renewable heat sources, namely solar radiation, wind, geothermal, etc.

The aim of sustainable buildings is the ability to integrate and adapt buildings to environmental factors and climate conditions and convert them for space and comfort. The selection of proper sustainable building materials or technologies is an important issue in the building design. A correct selection should lead to high durability, energy efficiency, recyclability, maintainability, economic saving, and use of local materials to reduce the environmental impact of construction.

In this context, there is a lack of common understanding in the field and this Special Issue aims to collect contributions regarding the evaluation of the sustainability of nZEB, in terms of improvement of energy and thermal dynamic behavior of the building envelope, of thermal comfort in the indoor environment, of energy produced from renewable sources, of conventional fossil fuels savings, of decreasing of emissions of greenhouse gases, and of economic savings.

The studies are expected to address:

  • energy and dynamic thermal behavior of sustainable technologies/materials integrated or unintegrated in new, existing, renovated and historic buildings;
  • new simplified or articulated mathematical models implemented in new simulation tools or in existing ones;
  • definition of new metrics or parameters for the evaluation of the energy, environmental, and economic impact.

The studies could be addressed with mathematical model or by experimental investigation or preferably with both of them and should regard local contexts, with the support of case studies, or general procedures that could be applied to every technology and to every climate condition.

I believe that this Special Issue may help bridge the gap between sustainability and improvement of the energy efficiency of building.

Thank you for your contributions.

Dr. Domenico Mazzeo
Prof. Giuseppe Oliveti
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short 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 thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly 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 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Net Zero Energy Building
  • Sustainable innovative technologies
  • Wall stratigraphies
  • Dynamic thermal behavior
  • Renewable technologies
  • Energy performance
  • Environmental and economic impact
  • New metrics

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.

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