Special Issue "Emerging Challenges for Building Materials and Systems"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 January 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Carlos Chastre
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Guest Editor
Department of Civil Engineering, NOVA University of Lisbon, Caparica, Portugal
Interests: strengthening of structures; FRP composite structures; stone masonry structures; precast concrete structures; cyclic tests; materials and durability
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Prof. Dr. Paulo Mendonça
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Guest Editor
School of Architecture, Lab2PT, University of Minho, Azurém Campus, 4710-057 Braga, Portugal
Interests: energy-efficient buildings; new materials and technologies in design and construction; reducing material consumption and optimizing material flows; energy-efficient and climate-responsive buildings; applications and Integration of renewable energy systems; energy-efficient building design; responsible architecture and sustainable housing; environmental sustainability in building design; retrofitting strategies for adaptive re-use; natural lighting; solar passive strategies; prefabrication; flexibility; social housing; eco-design in architecture; lightweight and mixed weight buildings; embodied energy and operating energy; live vegetation in façades and roofs
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is our pleasure to announce this Special Issue of Buildings, which will focus on emerging challenges for building materials and systems, particularly on innovative materials—though not forgetting the traditional—regarding both their structural and nonstructural properties. Construction materials are evolving towards the pursuit of improved mechanical and functional performance, in the view of guiding the construction sector into complying with circular economy principles. With the change in living concepts and the demand of multifarious building function, building materials and systems are facing plenty of challenges.

This Special Issue is organized in cooperation with the “ICBMM 2021” conference and welcomes submissions from participants of the conference. The 5th International Conference on Building Materials and Materials Engineering (ICBMM 2021) will be held in Barcelona during September 24–26, 2021. The objective of ICBMM 2021 is to present the latest research results related to Building Materials and Materials Engineering topics. It will provide a forum for accessing the most up-to-date knowledge from both the industrial and academic worlds, sharing best practices in the fields of Building Materials and Materials Engineering.

This Special Issue will provide an opportunity to highlight recent developments in Building Materials and to identify emerging and future areas of growth in this exciting field, covering topics such as:

  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture and Urban Planning
  • Materials Manufacturing and Processing
  • Materials Characterization and Application
  • New Processes and Construction Techniques
  • 3D Printing
  • Automation in Construction
  • Modular Construction and Prefabrication
  • Innovative Strengthening Solutions
  • Smart Composites
  • The Façade and Roofing Systems
  • The Environmental Conditioning Systems

Prof. Dr. Carlos Chastre
Prof. Dr. Paulo Mendonça
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 1400 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.


  • materials science and engineering
  • civil and structural engineering
  • architecture and urban planning
  • numerical, analytical, and experimental analyses
  • materials manufacturing and processing
  • materials characterization and application
  • structural concrete, steel, masonry, earth, and timber construction
  • design, construction, and recycling
  • innovative strengthening solutions
  • FRP composites
  • 3D printing
  • automation in construction

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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