Special Issue "Buildings in the Context of Collective Energy Systems"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Alfred Heller
Guest Editor
NIRAS, Aalborg, Denmark
Interests: large-scale thermal energy storage; solar heating; district heating; building energy; digitisation; modelling; cross system optimization; cross system control
Dr. Xiufeng Liu
Guest Editor
Department of Technology, Management and Economics, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark
Interests: building monitoring; smart meter data; data analytics; data management (in particular, data warehousing); big data; data mining; machine learning

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Traditionally, buildings are designed and controlled by themselves. This modus operandi is applied in architecture, engineering, norms, and even regulations. In the current Special Issue, we investigate how this modus operandi changes when the buildings are seen in their belongings context. Such contexts are trends towards global sustainability, a more holistic view on common infrastructures, and “smart technology approaches.” The very broad context of “Smart Society” would open up for a too wide set of topics, whereas “Smart Cities” is already a well-established context in the scientific literature. Hence the context of “Smart Utilities” with a focus on energy and how buildings integrate in this context is particularly relevant for this Special Issue. Buildings which operate as autonomously or buildings which run in small groups in island-mode not interacting with collective systems would fall outside the targeted research subjects. There is a demand for the scientific discussion of the holistic approaches that could be called “Smart Grids” in the plural, involving water and sewage networks and other common infrastructures with relation to buildings and energy. We are especially seeking papers that investigate cross-grid and cross-system approaches, from gas-grids, heating and cooling grids, and even other infrastructure that can play an active role in the context of energy. Such topics could include modus operandi for science, engineering, norms, regulation, impacts of organisations and users, to mention obvious subjects where building impact in a smart energy context is described.

Dr. Alfred Heller
Dr. Xiufeng Liu
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Building in their context
  • Smart energy systems
  • Collective energy
  • District energy grids
  • Building energy demand
  • Planing
  • Design
  • Modelling
  • Optimisation
  • Control
  • Digitalisation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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