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Special Issue "Sustainability in Civil Engineering: from Sustainable Materials to Sustainable Cities"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Engineering and Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 April 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Quoc-Bao Bui

Faculty of Civil Engineering, Ton Duc Thang University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Interests: sustainable materials; soil-based materials; dynamic of structures
Guest Editor
Prof. Monika Woloszyn

LOCIE, CNRS-UMR 5271, Université Savoie Mont Blanc, Campus Scientifique Savoie Technolac, Le Bourget du Lac 73376, France
Interests: hygrothermal behavior; energy-efficient buildings; thermal simulation
Guest Editor
Prof. Geert Wets

Transportation Research Institute, Hasselt University, Wetenschapspark 5–Bus 6, B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium
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Interests: transportation; urban planning; traffic safety
Guest Editor
Prof. Radim Cajka

Faculty of Civil Engineering, VSB - Technical University Ostrava, Department of Structures, Technicka University, Czech
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Interests: Concrete structures; Soil-structure interaction; Finite element method; Temperature Loaded Structures

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Sustainable development is an urgent demand of the society. The civil engineering domain has significant impacts on the environment. Indeed, it is reported in numerous studies that the civil engineering is responsible for several important problems such as the energy consumption, the CO2 emission and the natural resource depletion. Alternative solutions have been searched in the last decades to reduce environmental impacts in the civil engineering sector. Different approaches were proposed: reducing the energy consumption by using low-embodied energy materials (“eco-materials”);  developing the energy-efficient buildings with high thermal isolating, renewable energy integrations (solar, wind, geothermal,…), or by using the eco-architecture principles to optimize the energy consumption of the buildings. Today, sustainable development in civil engineering is not still restrained at a building scale and the city scale should be considered: the transport of the occupants between their residence and their work, the energy loss in the energy distribution network,… Therefore, this special issue aims to be a collection of different approaches which can contribute to a sustainability of the civil engineering sector: investigations on sustainable materials,; intelligent principles in architecture design; different tools to analyze, assess the energy performance, at a building scale and also at a city scale.

Dr. Quoc-Bao Bui
Prof. Monika Woloszyn
Prof. Geert Wets
Prof. Radim Cajka
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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 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.


  • Sustainable materials
  • Low embodied energy materials
  • Bio-based materials
  • Soil-based material
  • Energy-efficient materials
  • Energy-efficient buildings
  • Energy-efficient solutions
  • Life cycle assessment (LCA)
  • Tools for sustainability assessment
  • Eco-architecture
  • Sustainable principles in architecture
  • Sustainable cities
  • Sustainable strategies in urban planning
  • Multi-criteria in sustainable design
  • Case studies

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Open AccessArticle The Reduction of CO2 Emissions by Application of High-Strength Reinforcing Bars to Three Different Structural Systems in South Korea
Sustainability 2017, 9(9), 1652; doi:10.3390/su9091652
Received: 19 August 2017 / Revised: 13 September 2017 / Accepted: 14 September 2017 / Published: 18 September 2017
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The architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry consume approximately 23% of the national energy annually, and are considered among the highest energy consuming industries. Recently, several studies have focused on establishing strategies to reduce the emissions of carbon dioxide in the AEC industry
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The architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry consume approximately 23% of the national energy annually, and are considered among the highest energy consuming industries. Recently, several studies have focused on establishing strategies to reduce the emissions of carbon dioxide in the AEC industry by utilisation of low-carbon materials, material reuse, recycling and minimal usage; selection of an optimal structural system and structural optimisation; and optimisation of construction operations. While several studies examined material selection and replacement in concrete, there is a paucity of studies investigating the replacement and implementation of high-strength re-bars to lower the carbon dioxide emissions in buildings. To fill this research gap, the purpose of this study involves calculating the emissions of carbon dioxide by applying high-strength reinforcement bars in three different types of buildings. The input–output analysis method was adopted to compute the emissions of carbon dioxide by using the yield strength and size. This study showed that the application of the high-strength re-bars is beneficial in reducing the input amount of materials, although the quantity of reinforcing bars on the development and splice increased. Furthermore, the application of high-strength deformed bars is also advantageous as a means of carbon dioxide reduction in the studied structural systems. In this study, the CO2 emissions of three different structural systems indicated that implementing SD500 re-bars is the most effective method to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Full article

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