Special Issue "Sustainable Design and Construction"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2012)
Prof. Dr. Behzad Sodagar
Lincoln School of Architecture, Faculty of Art Architecture and Design, University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool, Lincoln LN6 7TS, UK
Phone: +44 1522 837141
Interests: building performance analysis: lighting, solar, thermal and air flow; in situ thermal measurements and monitoring; post occupancy evaluation; sustainable planning and development; whole life cycle assessment of buildings; development of interactive design tools; renewable energy technology; carbon foot-printing; eco-refurbishment/conversion; low impact construction materials and techniques including crop based materials; aesthetic/design implications of environmental design
This co-special issue, a joint initiative by Buildings and Sustainability Journals, brings together current thinking and research on how the construction industry could achieve a sustainable built environment in an innovative and cost effective way. The special issue is a response to the growing concerns about environmental impacts of the built environment and the urgent need for identification and development of innovative strategies and solutions for reducing our ecological footprint.
The special issue argues that in order to achieve truly sustainable buildings we need to adopt a balanced view to address all aspects of sustainability namely social, economic and environmental sustainability. It also discusses how we may achieve best practice through a holistic approach that considers all stages of building procurement, from early design stage to end of life. Contributors from architecture, planning and engineering (both academia and practice) provide a wide-ranging discussion on sustainable urban planning, design and construction. The papers submitted to this especial issue are of interest to all those involved in activities across the built environment and related sectors.
Dr. Behzad Sodagar
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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 refereed through a 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.
- sustainable design and construction
- low carbon design
- autonomous buildings
- innovative construction techniques
- intelligent technologies
- sustainable sourcing of materials
- renewable energies
- whole life cycle analysis
- carbon footprint
- design for sustainable deconstruction
- sustainable neighbourhoods and cities
Article: Effects of Roof Pitch on Air Flow and Heating Load of Sealed and Vented Attics for Gable-Roof Residential Buildings
Sustainability 2012, 4(9), 1999-2021; doi:10.3390/su4091999
Received: 29 June 2012; in revised form: 10 August 2012 / Accepted: 20 August 2012 / Published: 30 August 2012| Download PDF Full-text (4050 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Article: Sustainable Construction for Urban Infill Development Using Engineered Massive Wood Panel Systems
Sustainability 2012, 4(10), 2707-2742; doi:10.3390/su4102707
Received: 13 August 2012; in revised form: 1 October 2012 / Accepted: 4 October 2012 / Published: 18 October 2012| Download PDF Full-text (1120 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Article: Choice of Domestic Air-Sourced Solar Photovoltaic Thermal Systems through the Operational Energy Cost Implications in Scotland
Sustainability 2013, 5(3), 1256-1265; doi:10.3390/su5031256
Received: 4 December 2012; in revised form: 27 February 2013 / Accepted: 5 March 2013 / Published: 19 March 2013| Download PDF Full-text (1207 KB) | Download XML Full-text
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.
Title: Parametric Study of Effect of Thermal Mass, Window Size and Night-Time Ventilation on Peak Indoor Temperature in the Warm-Humid Climate of Ghana
Authors: Samuel Amos-Abanyie1,*, Fred Ohene Akuffo2 and Victor Kutin-Sanwu1
Affiliation: 1College of Architecture and Planning, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana; E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2College of Engineering; Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana
Abstract: The cooling load imposed by solar radiation on office buildings consists mainly of transmission through the building envelope. Ideally, the selection of materials and design minimizes the cooling load. Most office buildings in the warm-humid sub-Saharan countries experience high cooling load because of the predominant use of sandcrete blocks which is of low thermal mass in construction and extensive use of glazing. Relatively low night temperatures are not harnessed in cooling buildings because office openings remain closed after work hours. A numerical model serving as a base model was developed based on the characteristics of Ghanaian mode of office building design using the Energy Plus (E+) simulation software. An optimization was performed through a sensitivity analysis based simulation with peak indoor temperature as the criteria. An experimental system was designed based on the parameters of the optimized model, constructed and monitored, and the experimental data used to validate the simulation model. The results show that an optimization of thermal mass and window to floor ratio coupled with activation of night-time ventilation provides a synergistic effect to ensure the lowest indoor temperature. An equation that predicts Temperature Difference Ratio (TDR) as a function of the Window to Floor Ratio (WFR) has been derived for the heavy weight thermal mass models that can be used to predict the indoor maximum temperature when outdoor maximum and minimum temperatures, or daily temperature swing are known.
Keywords: thermal mass; night-time ventilation; peak indoor temperature; Ghana
Last update: 19 September 2012