Special Issue "Sustainable Building Environment"

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: 30 September 2023 | Viewed by 123

Special Issue Editor

Department Of Civil and Environmental Engineering, PUC-Rio, Rio de Janeiro 22451-900, Brazil
Interests: sustainable project development; lean construction; green construction; building information modeling (BIM); lifecycle assessment; building material reuse; building performance analysis; zero energy building (ZEB)
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The civil construction industry, which is responsible for the building environment, has a major impact on the social and economic development of a country since it creates jobs and brings in wealth. At the same time, this industry is responsible for almost forty percent of waste generation and carbon dioxide emissions when compared to other industries that have adverse effects on the environment. Thus, the civil construction industry is considered one of the most polluting economies in existence and a major enemy of sustainable development. This negative scenario highlights the need for reforms in terms of work process methodology and demands the use of newly developed techniques and technologies.

Due to the ever-increasing pressure from society and health organizations, sustainability is become an especially important concern within the civil construction industry. Consequently, there is a demand not only for higher quality projects, improved productivity and efficiency, but also for sustainable development. The adoption of new concepts, such as building information modeling (BIM), energy-efficient buildings, lean and green construction, material reuse, life cycle assessment, etc., is growing as processes and technology evolve. The integration of these new concepts and technologies can help in the development of optimized solutions, which are more economic and reduce the negative impact this industry has in the environment.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but not limited to) the following:

  • Synergy between BIM and lifecycle assessment;
  • New workflows for building design considering sustainability issues;
  • Construction waste material reuse;
  • New processes for decreasing CO2 emissions in the production of construction materials;
  • Energy-efficient materials;
  • New construction methods to reduce waste generation;
  • New systems for green construction;
  • Lean construction;
  • Nearly zero-energy buildings;
  • Energy simulation applied in the building design phase;
  • Social and environmental consequences due to construction activities.

I look forward to receiving your contributions.

You may choose our Joint Special Issue in Sustainability.

Dr. Elisa D. Sotelino
Guest Editor

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.


  • lean construction
  • green construction
  • building information modeling
  • lifecycle assessment
  • construction waste reuse
  • energy efficient materials
  • energy simulation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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