Special Issue "Beyond Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEBs): Achievements and Challenges"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2019.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Delia D'Agostino

Join Research Centre (JRC), European Commission
Website | E-Mail
Phone: +390332783512
Interests: Nearly zero energy buildings (NZEBs); Energy efficiency, Energy policy, Building modelling, Cost-optimal methodology, Indoor air quality.
Guest Editor
Dr. Paolo Zangheri

Join Research Centre (JRC), European Commission
Website | E-Mail
Phone: +390332789149
Interests: Nearly zero energy buildings (NZEBs); Energy efficiency, Energy policy, Building modelling, Cost-optimal methodology, Indoor air quality.

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Energy consumption in buildings is a huge concern at the global level. With the aim of promoting a more rational use of energy, new policies have been introduced over the last decade. The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive recast (EPBD recast, Directive 2010/31/EC) established the implementation of nearly zero energy buildings (NZEBs) as the building target from 2018 onwards. In recent years, the topic of NZEBs has been widely analysed, but is still subject to discussion at the international level. Although the attention given to NZEBs has increased, reaching the NZEBs target still appears to be far in the future, especially in relation to the existing built environment.

The interdisciplinary nature of the NZEB concept needs further studies to assess the progress on the NZEBs topic from different perspectives. With this aim, Buildings is dedicating the Special Issue named "Beyond nearly zero energy buildings (NZEBs): achievements and challenges." The Special Issue will contribute to the analysis of the implementation at the national level of NZEBs in line with the targets of the EPBD. It will assess the achievement of national NZEB targets, addressing the technology cost and its projection over the next decade. Papers will update the progress towards NZEB targets, including possible recommendations for further actions. The Special Issue will collect original papers related to the above topics and in particular to:

  • NZEB definitions
  • Analysis of national NZEB targets
  • Innovative technology measures for NZEBs
  • NZEB modelling
  • Measures and policies for NZEBs
  • NZEB case studies
  • Cost-optimal analysis
  • Indoor air quality and comfort in NZEBs
  • NZEB retrofit
  • Towards NZEBs at the stock level
  • Life cycle assessment in NZEBs
  • Tracking and data analysis of NZEBs

Dr. Delia D'Agostino
Dr. Paolo Zangheri
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.

Keywords

  • Nearly zero energy buildings (NZEBs)
  • Energy efficiency
  • Energy policy
  • Building modelling
  • Cost-optimal methodology
  • Indoor air quality

Published Papers (1 paper)

View options order results:
result details:
Displaying articles 1-1
Export citation of selected articles as:

Research

Open AccessArticle
Renovation of Public Buildings towards nZEB: A Case Study of a Nursing Home
Buildings 2019, 9(7), 153; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings9070153
Received: 15 May 2019 / Revised: 19 June 2019 / Accepted: 24 June 2019 / Published: 26 June 2019
PDF Full-text (1084 KB) | HTML Full-text | XML Full-text
Abstract
Recently, the European Union set new rules for the Energy Performance of Buildings emphasizing the need to facilitate the cost-effective renovation of existing buildings into nearly zero-energy buildings (nZEB). Within this framework, the aim of this paper is to investigate and evaluate the [...] Read more.
Recently, the European Union set new rules for the Energy Performance of Buildings emphasizing the need to facilitate the cost-effective renovation of existing buildings into nearly zero-energy buildings (nZEB). Within this framework, the aim of this paper is to investigate and evaluate the energy performance of existing public buildings before and after renovation into nearly zero-energy buildings. Since the general quality of existing buildings in Croatia has changed over different periods of construction, the presented research was conducted on a representative nursing home designed corresponding to different Croatian national building stock construction periods, based on a public sector buildings database obtained from the Croatian Energy Management Information System (EMIS). The thermal performance of the building envelope was designed to correspond to the periods of buildings built up to 1940, between 1941 and 1970, and between 1971 and 1980, taking into account characteristic building construction technology and service life. In terms of adopted energy efficiency measures, for all nearly zero-energy building renovation solutions, an energy and cost analysis was performed. The results showed that construction technology applied in different construction periods has the greatest impact on the energy performance of a building and thus on the economic and financial viability of investment in nZEB. Full article
Figures

Figure 1

Buildings EISSN 2075-5309 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top