Special Issue "Sustainable Buildings: Design for Comfort and Users"
A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2015).
Interests: climate sensitive/bioclimatic design; planning and design strategies at neighbourhood and urban level; environmental assessment techniques; design for health, well-being and security
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May I ask you to consider submitting a paper for this Special Issue of the Journal Buildings; the focus of which is on the strong and essential links between sustainable buildings and comfort.
The design, construction, and operation of a building designed to be sustainable should not imply that the building is any less suitable in terms of conditions experienced. Indeed, occupants often prefer to be in buildings that are more naturally conditioned, rather than in a sealed, air conditioned space. Such buildings are often more sustainable, but require greater skills on the part of the designer to be most successful. A ‘forgiveness factor’ is also known to exist in which conditions outside the prescribed norms (sometimes associated with daylight, natural ventilation, and occupant controlled conditions) are accepted. Papers which address research and practical applications in these areas are invited.
Comfort considerations may embrace lighting, acoustic, and thermal issues. Contributions that concern any of these aspects are welcomed. A sense of comfort may also be associated with providing a healthy environment and places/spaces that also provide a sense of security. Potential authors may incorporate these themes too.
Designs accounting for local weather conditions are important. There are different forms of bioclimatic construction that may involve adjustments to interior and micro-climates to combine sustainability with comfort. Contributions which address comfort within an international context are welcomed, as are those dealing with user/occupant needs and preferences, comfort standards, and relevant aspects of post-occupancy evaluation.
Prof. Dr. Adrian Pitts
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 1800 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.
- occupants and users
- bioclimatic design
- ecological standards