Special Issue "Environmental Impact Assessment of Buildings"

A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Wahidul K. Biswas

Sustainable Engineering Group, Curtin University, Australia
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Interests: life cycle assessment; sustainable building design; waste management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Buildings are the key components of the society as a complex system. Energy consumption in buildings and for building construction represents more than 30% of global final energy consumption and contributes to nearly 25% of greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions worldwide [1]. There are other indirect environmental consequences such as land use changes, loss of bio-diversity, resource scarcity, ozone depletion potential, human toxicity, acidification, and eutrophication associated with an increased demand for construction materials in the building sector. The designer, builders, developers and engineers are thus required to adopt an environmentally responsible approach to their design solutions and construction materials’ specification choices. There are ways to reduce these environmental impacts by considering the use of by-products, recycled materials and clean energy sources in building design. The material choice, building orientation, climatic conditions, building management systems, construction systems (e.g. wood frame, thermal insulating brick, sandwich wall and concrete block with a peripheral insulation), construction practices are key areas to consider to enhance durability and building efficiency. Life cycle assessment has potentially been considered as an environmental management tool to estimate the environmental impacts of the resources applied in the building envelope, floor slabs, and interior walls for green building design and to estimate the amount of environmental impacts that can potentially be mitigated through innovative engineering practices, designs and solutions. This special issue is aimed to cover following topics that are relevant for addressing environmental impacts of the fastest growing building sector.

  • Environmental impacts of building materials
  • Building energy and environments
  • Life cycle assessment and green buildings
  • Environmentally friendly construction practices


[1] UNEP, Towards zero-emission efficient and resilient buildings, Global Status Report 2016, prepared by The Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GABC), 2016.

Dr. Wahidul K. Biswas
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Building energy management
  • C&D wastes
  • Construction management practices
  • Design and innovation
  • Environmental impacts
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Materials
  • Recycling, reuse and recovery

Published Papers (1 paper)

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Open AccessArticle Mechanical and Durability Properties of Green Star Concretes
Buildings 2018, 8(8), 111; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings8080111
Received: 8 June 2018 / Revised: 3 August 2018 / Accepted: 16 August 2018 / Published: 17 August 2018
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This paper presents mechanical and durability properties of green star concretes. Four series of concretes are considered. The first series is control concrete containing 100% ordinary Portland cement, 100% natural aggregates and fresh water. The other three series of concretes are green star
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This paper presents mechanical and durability properties of green star concretes. Four series of concretes are considered. The first series is control concrete containing 100% ordinary Portland cement, 100% natural aggregates and fresh water. The other three series of concretes are green star concretes according to Green Building Council Australia (GBCA), which contain blast furnace slag, recycled coarse aggregates and concrete wash water. In all above concretes compressive strength, indirect tensile strength, elastic modulus, water absorption, sorptivity and chloride permeability are measured at 7 and 28 days. Results show that mechanical properties of green star concretes are lower than the control concrete at both ages with significant improvement at 28 days. Similar results are also observed in water absorption, sorptivity and chloride permeability where all measured durability properties are lower in green star concretes compared to control concrete except the higher water absorption in some green star concretes. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Environmental Impact Assessment of Buildings)

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