Building Energy, Physics, Environment, and Systems

A section of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309).

Section Information

“Building Energy, Physics, Environment, and Systems” is a popular Section of the journal “Buildings”, with the largest number of published articles. The essential function of buildings is to create healthy and comfortable living environments through the physical processes of exchanging energy or air between indoor and outdoor environments. This Section covers a wide range of topics that deal with the energy, physics, environments, and systems of buildings, aiming to communicate emerging issues, advanced technologies, new findings, and scientific theories that are related to multiple issues of buildings, such as health, energy, carbon emissions, etc. Cross-cutting and multidisciplinary research is encouraged with the support of a broad range of methodological and technical approaches, including numerical, experimental, observational, analytical, and management/policy studies.

A: Building Energy

  • Green buildings.
  • Nearly/zero-energy buildings.
  • Low-carbon buildings.
  • Energy-efficient buildings.
  • Building energy management systems.
  • Ecobuildings.
  • Application of renewable energy sources in buildings.
  • Building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV).
  • Energy conservation and management.
  • Demand response and coordination of buildings.
  • Building energy performance and simulation.
  • Thermal energy storage and thermally active building systems (TABS).
  • Energy refurbishment and renovation.
  • Life cycle analysis of buildings.
  • Sustainability, resilience, and climate adaptability of buildings.
  • Energy balances in building complexes.
  • Smart technologies and integrated systems for buildings and cities.
  • Urban energy systems.

B: Building Environment

  • Indoor and outdoor built environments.
  • Low-carbon and sustainable built environments.
  • Indoor climate control.
  • Indoor air quality (IAQ) and health.
  • Health and thermal comfort.
  • Infection and disease control.
  • Air purification and disinfection.
  • Occupant comfort, wellbeing, and post-occupancy evaluation.
  • Human habitats and ergonomics.
  • Air distribution in buildings.
  • Integrated built environmental system designs.
  • Building thermal environments.
  • Building lighting environments.
  • Architectural acoustics and noise control.

C: Building Physics

  • Urban physics.
  • Heat recovery systems.
  • Heating and cooling.
  • Indoor thermal and lighting systems.
  • Building envelopes and structures.
  • Green and low-carbon building materials.
  • Heat, mass, and moisture transfer.
  • Building physical performance (air flow, thermal performance, humidity, environmental, energy, acoustics, and lighting).

D: Building Systems

  • Electrical systems and power supply.
  • Mechanical (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration—HVAC&R) systems.
  • Water supply and plumbing as well as drainage systems.
  • Gas piping systems.
  • Fire protection and safety systems.
  • Elevators and vertical transportation systems.
  • Lighting systems.
  • Information and communication systems.
  • Artificial intelligence, digital technologies, and big data for buildings.
  • Building operation and maintenance.
  • Faults and performance deficiencies of facilities.
  • Building automation systems.
  • Building information modeling.
  • Monitoring, surveillance, and control of buildings.

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