Special Issue "Sustainability Assessments of Buildings"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2017)
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
Prof. Dr. Umberto Berardi
Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University, 350 Victoria Street, Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3, Canada
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Interests: integration of energy saving technologies (green roofs, double skin facades) in buildings; architectural acoustics (sound propagation, energy decay, shape optimization) and building acoustics (noise insulation, new natural materials); building simulation; sustainability assessment at building, community and city level
It is my great pleasure to invite you to submit your most recent research related to the sustainability assessments of buildings for this exciting Special Issue. The demand for this Special Issue raised from the floor, as more and more papers dealing with this topic were submitted to Sustainability in the last few months. The need to collect the recent research in this field became evident.
International research has confirmed that the built environment is the most promising sector for a rapid transition to sustainability. In this scenario, many examples of sustainable urban environments are showing the advantages of sustainability. Meanwhile, an increasing request for tools to assess their sustainability is recorded. The assessment of sustainability of the built environment is an essential step toward its promotion. However, large difficulties exist creating useful and measurable assessment indicators. The possibility to assess both products and processes for green buildings has been considered particularly important for a sector as inertial as that of the built environment.
Meanwhile, recent literature has discussed the importance to go beyond the sustainability assessment of single buildings and to enlarge the assessment scale to communities to meet all the different aspects of sustainability. In fact, a significant achievement in sustainability assessments has been the introduction of rating systems for the urban design. These increase the assessment scale and allow consideration of aspects not accounted for at the building scale. Examples of some aspects are the flows and the synergies between initiatives within the built environment and consequent social and economic effects of sustainability in the built environment. In this sense, the sustainability assessments of communities are proving to be much more than the summation of individual green elements, because the scaling-up results in complex interactions. Requests to go beyond the building-centric approach in sustainability assessments have favored the discussion about new possible areas of sustainability assessment within the built environment.
While buildings are striking the paradigm shift of being more and more energy efficient, to the point that zero energy buildings represent the target for policies in many countries, building sustainability keeps gaining a significant momentum. As energy efficient buildings accomplish one of the demand for building sustainability, this last target requires much more. In particular, the local requirements of sustainability prevents to define rigid solutions, and challenge the building sector to customize sustainable solutions to each and every case.
Which are hence the recent targets (and indicators) proposed for sustainability assessment of buildings? Which are the characteristics of sustainability assessments of historical and existing buildings? How building assessments integrate and complement with community scale assessments of sustainability? How is material use optimization resolving the demand for energy saving targets in buildings?
These are just some of the questions that this Special Issue will try to address, but clearly we aware that the theme for this Special Issue opens multi scale and open ended questions.
Dr. Umberto Berardi
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- sustainable buildings
- sustainability assessments
- building resilience
- energy efficiency
- environmental design