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Special Issue "Vegetated Roofs and Walls"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Paulo Cesar Tabares Velasco

Colorado School of Mines, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Golden, CO, United States
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Phone: 303-273-3980
Interests: vegetated covers; thermal storage; phase change materials; building energy modeling

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Green or vegetated surfaces can be installed in different building surfaces: Exterior roof and walls, as well as interior walls or interior free standing structures. All of these technologies offers many potential benefits to building occupants and society beyond energy savings. Thus, the number of installed green roof and walls buildings have substantially increased worldwide in the last two decades. However, successful implementation requires careful multi-disciplinary analysis and design.

This Special Issue of Sustainability is seeking experimental and simulation papers that demonstrate latest research on:

  1. materials embodied energy,
  2. compatibility with building materials and codes,
  3. innovative materials that promote plant growth, reduce roof heat flux, substrate weight or water use.

It also looks for papers that critically analyze how vegetated walls and roofs affect:

  1. indoor air quality
  2. building or urban water management practices
  3. building heating ventilation and air conditioning systems,
  4. building envelope prescriptive codes, and
  5. hygrothermal and durability performance of the building envelope

Dr. Paulo Cesar Tabares Velasco
Guest Editor

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.


Built environment
Urban heat island effect
Hygrothermal modeling
Indoor air quality
Thermal mass
Water management
Innovative materials
Energy water nexus
Energy simulations
Laboratory experiments
Field experiments

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Open AccessArticle Analysis of Solar Radiation Shading Effects by Trees in the Open Space around Buildings
Sustainability 2017, 9(8), 1398; doi:10.3390/su9081398
Received: 3 July 2017 / Revised: 29 July 2017 / Accepted: 3 August 2017 / Published: 8 August 2017
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Work and leisure in outdoor spaces influences people’s physiological and psychological, while it can also lead to a reduction of energy consumed via air conditioning and lighting. In this study, the effects of solar radiation shading by trees in the open space around
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Work and leisure in outdoor spaces influences people’s physiological and psychological, while it can also lead to a reduction of energy consumed via air conditioning and lighting. In this study, the effects of solar radiation shading by trees in the open space around buildings on microclimatic development and pedestrian radiation environment are evaluated through a case study on the redevelopment buildings in front of Central Osaka Station, based on both observation and calculation. In both open space and green garden, direct solar radiation is shielded mainly by the buildings located behind the trees rather than by the trees themselves. Solar radiation shielding by trees is necessary in the range of more than 10 m from the south side of the buildings and more than 6 m from the west or east sides of the buildings. Full article
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