Special Issue "Eco-Towers: Technology, Sustainability, and Resilience"
A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2015)
Prof. Dr. Kheir Al-Kodmany
Department of Urban Planning and Policy, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
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Interests: tall buildings; ecological design; biomimicry; intelligent systems; smart skins; renewable energy; wood skyscraper; retrofitting skyscrapers; vertical farms; green roofs; security systems; ultra-high speed and regenerative energy elevators; social life; life cycle assessment; recycling; bio-degradable materials; sustainable high-rise development
The skyscraper, as a building typology, has been harshly criticized as unsustainable. Skyscrapers demand more materials and primary structural systems, requiring enormous tons of steel, concrete and glass, as well as substantial streams of energy for operation. Skyscrapers are often poorly insulated, and consume large amounts of energy in order to artificially light, heat, and cool the buildings, resulting in generating excessive greenhouse emissions. Further, considerable wastes in energy and building materials have been observed in constructing these large structures. The problems of skyscrapers are becoming worse since they are increasingly larger and taller structures that contain a greater number of people, requiring greater resources to construct and involving exorbitant operational costs to run.
These aforementioned problems highlight the significance of the eco-tower project in providing a new type of skyscraper that is environmentally-friendly and integrates well with the city. The promise of the eco-tower is that, given the large-scale problems of conventional skyscrapers, any improvements in their design and construction will be significant. Since tall buildings serve many people and exert powerful demand on the environment and existing infrastructures for transportation, sewer, and electrical grid, the green design may better serve tenants, mitigate environmental impacts and enhance integration with the city infrastructure. Skyscrapers’ long life cycle offers the greatest justifications for recycling precious resources and employing green features when constructing new skyscrapers or retrofitting existing ones. These accumulated factors have engendered a substantial demand on the eco-tower project.
Considering the increasing studies, research, and implementation of green and ecological towers, Buildings has decided to devote a Special Issue to bring together articles that focus on this topic.
For this Special Issue of Buildings on “Eco-Towers: Technology, Sustainability, and Resilience”, we are looking for original papers that report on topics such as:
- New technological advancement in the realm of green tall buildings including glass, elevators, destination dispatching systems; shading systems, structural systems, security and safety systems, nanomaterials; solar glass; heliostats;
- State-of-the-art design that harnesses renewable energy sources including solar, wind, geothermal, biomass,
- Innovative ecological design that supports natural ventilation, daylighting, comfort, health; increases productivity, and enhances atmospheric qualities; e.g. green vertical walls,
- Research that provides analysis, modeling, and simulation of all aspects of building performance including energy production and consumption, thermal performance, etc.
- Contextual green design, represented by a tall building or a cluster of tall buildings that establishes symbiotic relationships with the surrounding environment, e.g. soil, river, lake, air, plants, etc.
Original papers that address related topics on other types of buildings are also encouraged.
Papers will be published after acceptance following a full peer-review process.
Prof. Dr. Kheir Al-Kodmany
Manuscript Submission Information
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- new design culture
- technological advancement
- climate change
- soft infrastructure
- shifting government priorities