Special Issue "Emerging Methodologies and Technologies for Assessing the Impact of Air Quality and Thermal, Visual, and Acoustic Comfort on Indoor Environmental Quality"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 May 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Francesco Leccese
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Department of Energy, Systems, Territory and Constructions Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Pisa, Largo Lucio Lazzarino, 56122 Pisa, Italy
Interests: energy performance of buildings, daylighting, room acoustics, optical radiations exposure, noise exposure
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Prof. Dr. Giacomo Salvadori
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Building Physics Laboratory, School of Engineering, University of Pisa, Italy
Interests: sustainable buildings; energy performance of lighting systems; building acoustics; visual ergonomics of workplaces; indoor environmental quality
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) is increasing in importance in the design of contemporary buildings, particularly in low-energy buildings and smart and intelligent buildings. Indeed, IEQ is able to impact on the well-being, productivity, and health and safety of building occupants. The concept of IEQ is very broad and depends on many aspects, among which air quality and thermal, visual, and acoustic comfort are undoubtedly recognized as significant. Although the methodologies and techniques for separately assessing the different aspects are well known, to date there are no standardized methodologies and techniques for global IEQ assessment. In this context, it seems appropriate to move forward the knowledge, sharing studies that deal, in particular, with the evaluation of the combined effects of multiple factors on the IEQ. We would like to give the different groups working in these research fields the opportunity to publish their latest research in a Special Issue focused on, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Indoor environmental quality and the well-being of occupants;
  • Comfort conditions of occupants in built environments;
  • Subjective and objective surveys for assessing IEQ ;
  • Comfort control strategies and building energy uses;
  • Dynamic building simulations and behavior modeling of occupants;
  • Environmental monitoring: data collection and analysis.

Prof. Dr. Francesco Leccese
Prof. Dr. Giacomo Salvadori
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 papers will be 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 1000 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.


  • indoor environmental quality
  • indoor air quality
  • thermal comfort
  • visual comfort
  • acoustic comfort
  • control systems
  • energy efficiency
  • occupant behavior
  • building simulations
  • environmental monitoring

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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