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