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Research Challenges and Advancements in the field of Sustainable Energy Technologies in the Built Environment

Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Kaunas University of Technology, Studentu str. 48, LT-51367 Kaunas, Lithuania
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Sustainability 2020, 12(20), 8417; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12208417
Received: 8 September 2020 / Revised: 7 October 2020 / Accepted: 7 October 2020 / Published: 13 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advanced Construction and Architecture 2020)
Inevitably, the 21st century has initiated a series of developments in the construction industry, leading to its digitalization and resulting in a series of innovative approaches and practices. At the same time, the construction industry, being one of the main global environment polluters, should fulfil well-established, as well as novel, sustainability requirements in order to evolve in harmony with the rising concerns on the availability of natural resources. This overview study aims to present the main developments, research, and scientific challenges in the field of sustainable construction, emphasizing the field of energy. The study aims to present a state-of-the-art scientific discussion on the sustainable built environment topic by analyzing cutting edge topics in the fields of building elements and whole building energy assessment, of indoor air quality and low carbon buildings, as well as on sustainable energy systems and smart buildings. The study also presents the state-of-the-art in existing tools which are adopted for the assessment of the sustainable built environment, including the use of digital tools and building information modelling for the energy assessment of the built environment, as well as the application of Life Cycle Assessment on building-related processes. Cross cutting issues related to the analysis of the building sector in the Industry 4.0 era, such as sustainability management topics and environmental geomatics are also discussed. The study concludes in those fields which will be of interest of the scientific community in the following years, towards achieving the goals of the sustainable development of the building sector. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable energy; life cycle assessment; building information modelling; indoor air quality; energy systems; whole building energy analysis sustainable energy; life cycle assessment; building information modelling; indoor air quality; energy systems; whole building energy analysis
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Fokaides, P.A.; Apanaviciene, R.; Černeckiene, J.; Jurelionis, A.; Klumbyte, E.; Kriauciunaite-Neklejonoviene, V.; Pupeikis, D.; Rekus, D.; Sadauskiene, J.; Seduikyte, L.; Stasiuliene, L.; Vaiciunas, J.; Valancius, R.; Ždankus, T. Research Challenges and Advancements in the field of Sustainable Energy Technologies in the Built Environment. Sustainability 2020, 12, 8417. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12208417

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Fokaides PA, Apanaviciene R, Černeckiene J, Jurelionis A, Klumbyte E, Kriauciunaite-Neklejonoviene V, Pupeikis D, Rekus D, Sadauskiene J, Seduikyte L, Stasiuliene L, Vaiciunas J, Valancius R, Ždankus T. Research Challenges and Advancements in the field of Sustainable Energy Technologies in the Built Environment. Sustainability. 2020; 12(20):8417. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12208417

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Fokaides, Paris A.; Apanaviciene, Rasa; Černeckiene, Jurgita; Jurelionis, Andrius; Klumbyte, Egle; Kriauciunaite-Neklejonoviene, Vilma; Pupeikis, Darius; Rekus, Donatas; Sadauskiene, Jolanta; Seduikyte, Lina; Stasiuliene, Laura; Vaiciunas, Juozas; Valancius, Rokas; Ždankus, Tadas. 2020. "Research Challenges and Advancements in the field of Sustainable Energy Technologies in the Built Environment" Sustainability 12, no. 20: 8417. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12208417

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