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Sustainability 2017, 9(8), 1294;

Worldwide Research on Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Public Buildings

Departamento de Física Aplicada, Universidad de Córdoba, 14071 Córdoba, Spain
Department of Informatics, University of Almeria, 04120 Almeria, Spain
Department of Engineering, University of Almeria, CEIA3, 04120 Almeria, Spain
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Received: 21 June 2017 / Revised: 19 July 2017 / Accepted: 21 July 2017 / Published: 28 July 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Energy Sustainability)
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The present study details the significant contribution that different international institutions have made to the field of sustainability and energy efficiency, with a focus on public buildings. This has been achieved by making use of the database Scopus, by applying bibliometric techniques and by analyzing the contents of articles published from 1976 to 2016. All the materials included in the analysis have been reported from Scopus. Several key aspects of the publications have been considered such as document type, language, subject area, journal type and keywords. Sustainable Development, Sustainability, Energy Conservation, Energy Efficiency and Buildings have been verified as the most used keywords. The obtained contributions have been classified geographically and by institution, with the United States, the United Kingdom, China, Australia and Italy being the leading research countries and Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Delft University of Technology and Tsinghua University the top contributing institutions. The most active categories in those fields are engineering, social sciences and environmental issues in that order. It can be assumed that the study of sustainability and energy efficiency across all its dimensions is of great interest for the scientific community. The global environmental issue has led many countries to incorporate a wide range of Energy Efficiency (EE) strategies in order to reduce energy consumption in public buildings, a highly valued aspect by European Union energy labelling. View Full-Text
Keywords: energy saving; energy efficiency; sustainability; building energy saving; energy efficiency; sustainability; building

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De la Cruz-Lovera, C.; Perea-Moreno, A.-J.; De la Cruz-Fernández, J.-L.; Alvarez-Bermejo, J.A.; Manzano-Agugliaro, F. Worldwide Research on Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Public Buildings. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1294.

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