Special Issue "Planning and Implementing Positive Energy Districts from Concept to Practice"

A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309). This special issue belongs to the section "Building Energy, Physics, Environment, and Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2023 | Viewed by 480

Special Issue Editors

School of Industrial Technology and Business Studies, Dalarna University, Falun Borlänge, 791 88 Falun, Sweden
Interests: positive energy district; solar energy; urban energy system
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Institute for Renewable Energy, Eurac Research, 39100 Bolzano/Bozen, Italy
Interests: PED; urban planning; smart city strategies; climate-neutral cities; urban innovation; multiple benefits; appraisal and evaluation
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Special Issue aims to provide a platform for researchers and practitioners working towards the definition, planning and implementation of positive energy districts (PEDs) and climate neutral cities (CNCs) to exchange knowledge and experiences. The concept of PEDs/CNCs is evolving; although there has been a growing number of projects aligned with the PED/CNC aspirations in recent years, the development of such projects is still in infancy. Through an open and constructive dialogue, this Special Issue intends to identify success factors and learn from ongoing PED/CNC projects. We are particularly interested in reviews focused on the planning and implementation stages of PEDs/CNCs; accounts of existing cases; papers identifiying the main challenges, success factors and barriers of PEDs/CNCs; and papers working towards establishing the best practice.

Topic of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Definition of PEDs/CNCs: their quantitative/qualitative traces and methods to capture the essence of PEDs.
  • Characterisation of PEDs/CNCs: identification of key characteristics, creation of PED/CNC archetypes/references to support replication.
  • Stakeholder engagement: mapping of relevant stakeholders, their roles and needs in the PED/CNC development, stakeholder management in the PED/CNC processes.
  • PED/CNC processes: structure of effective process flow, methods/tools to streamline the processes.
  • PED/CNC legal, regulatory challenges: identification of key legal and regulatory barriers and opportunities to support PED development.
  • PED/CNC planning challenges: identification of key barriers in current planning tools and opportunities in the form of energy and climate strategies to support PED development.
  • PED/CNC energy systems: from identification to implementation
  • Modelling and control methods and techniques for planning, operating and implementing PEDs/CNC

This Special Issue is in collaboration with the International Conference  on "Smart and Sustainable Planning for Cities and Regions - SSPCR 2022", and the session "Planning and Implementing Positive Energy Districts from Concept to Practice: Mapping of Characteristics, Technologies, Stakeholders, Methods and Processes" (https://www.sspcr.eurac.edu/session-planning-and-implementing-positive-energy-districts-from-concept-to-practice/)

We are inviting researchers and practitioners working with PEDs and CNCs to present their studies and contribute to this Special Issue.

Prof. Dr. Xingxing Zhang
Dr. Adriano Bisello
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Positive Energy Districts (PEDs)
  • characteristics
  • technologies
  • stakeholder engagement
  • methods
  • regulartion
  • processes
  • planning tools

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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