Special Issue "Adaptation Strategies for the Maintenance of Existing Buildings under Climate Change"

A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309). This special issue belongs to the section "Building Materials, and Repair & Renovation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Jorge de Brito
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Department of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Georresources, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: sustainable construction (recycled aggregates in concrete and mortars); bridge and building management systems; buildings service life (prediction); life cycle assessment; construction technology
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Dr. Ana Silva
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CERIS, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: pathology and rehabilitation of buildings; service life prediction, durability and life cycle of buildings and their components
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Climate change already has relevant effects on our society. The predicted changes in weather patterns, such as extreme wind and rain, are likely to result in accelerated deterioration of existing buildings, especially in current constructions that have not been properly maintained, which results in their continuous decay and sometimes sudden failure. In this sense, reliable tools should be created to manage the maintenance of existing buildings, considering adaptation measures to assess the effects of anticipated changes in climate, to promote the resilience of built heritage.

This Special Issue will provide an overview of existing knowledge related to various aspects of Adaptation Strategies for the Maintenance of Existing Buildings under Climate Change.

Original research, theoretical and experimental, case studies, and comprehensive review papers are invited for possible publication in this Special Issue. Relevant topics for this Special Issue include, but are not limited to the following subjects:

  1. Analysis of the impact of climatic agents on the deterioration/pathology of existing buildings;
  2. Quantification of the effects of predicted changes in climate on the durability and service life of buildings;
  3. Up-to-date instruments to support decisions regarding the maintainability of existing buildings under a changing climate;
  4. Definition and optimization of maintenance plans, for adaptation to the effects of climate change;
  5. Socio-political challenges of maintaining the built heritage, in adequate conditions, facing changes in weather patterns;
  6. Proposal of adaptation measures for the design and maintenance of new and existing buildings under climate change;
  7. Adaptation strategies in existing buildings to minimize or eliminate the risks related to the effects of climate change;
  8. Assessment of costs and benefits from buildings adaptation.

Prof. Dr. Jorge de Brito
Dr. Ana Silva
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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 thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Buildings is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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Keywords

  • Maintenance
  • Climate change
  • Durability
  • Adaptation strategies
  • New and existing buildings

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Impact of Environmental Exposure Conditions on the Maintenance of Facades’ Claddings
Buildings 2021, 11(4), 138; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings11040138 - 26 Mar 2021
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Façades, as the most external building envelope component, are subject to different ex-ternal environmental loads, such as: Temperature, precipitation, damp, and wind. Therefore, the contribution of environmental actions to the occurrence of defects in façades claddings is an important subject of study since [...] Read more.
Façades, as the most external building envelope component, are subject to different ex-ternal environmental loads, such as: Temperature, precipitation, damp, and wind. Therefore, the contribution of environmental actions to the occurrence of defects in façades claddings is an important subject of study since these actions strongly affect the degradation process and natural ageing of these components during their service life. In this study, a methodology to support decision-makers in the process of selecting a façade cladding system and the maintenance strategy to implement is presented and discussed. This methodology covers the performance of four façade claddings (ceramic tiling systems (CTS), natural stone claddings (NSC), external thermal insulation composite systems (ETICS), and architectural concrete façades (ACF)) over time, according to three environmental exposure variables (exposure to damp, distance from the sea, and orientation). The databases were established based on the diagnosis of the degradation condition of these claddings in-service conditions, in Portugal. The results reveal that the environmental exposure variables have a significant impact on maintenance requirements and costs. For all the categories of the environmental exposure condition variables, under all scenarios, ETICS is the least favorable constructive solution while CTS is the most advantageous solution. Furthermore, the results show that properly implemented maintenance activities enhance the performance level of building components, which positively affects their degradation behavior over time. Full article
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Design of a BIM Integrated Structural Health Monitoring System for a Historic Offshore Lighthouse
Buildings 2020, 10(7), 131; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings10070131 - 16 Jul 2020
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The advent of wireless sensors and internet of things connectivity combined with increased open source cloud based digital sharing among the architecture, engineering, and construction industry has helped expand the range of applications for building information modelling. As the rate of adoption of [...] Read more.
The advent of wireless sensors and internet of things connectivity combined with increased open source cloud based digital sharing among the architecture, engineering, and construction industry has helped expand the range of applications for building information modelling. As the rate of adoption of BIM as a standard practice for planning, designing, and constructing new infrastructure increases, the research focus is moving towards other applications. Utilizing BIM in innovative ways such as for building energy performance, carbon capture, and asset management are now being explored. An area which receives less focus is the application of BIM on existing structures. This study explores the potential for implementing BIM on an existing structure for asset management and structural health monitoring. A method of integrating sensors to enhance the visualisation of structural health monitoring through BIM is developed. The study describes how monitoring data can be integrated within the BIM of an offshore lighthouse. Full article
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