Special Issue "Sustainable and Conventional Buildings"

A special issue of Designs (ISSN 2411-9660).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Marco Caniato
Guest Editor
Faculty of Science and Technology, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, I-39100 Bolzano, Italy
Interests: Construction; Construction Engineering; Building Materials; Building; Sustainable Construction; Building Technology; Industrial Engineering
Dr. Federica Bettarello
Guest Editor
Department of Engineering and Architecture, University of Trieste, Via Alfonso Valerio, 6/1, 34127 Trieste TS, Italy
Interests: design; technology; acoustics; comfort; sustainability; wooden structures; education and learning

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

At present, comfort is one of the most highly rated parameters for the built environment and cities. Buildings are part of everyone’s life, and their role is to protect us from outdoor climate conditions and to host us during our lifetime. Cities must provide neighbourhoods and services to meet the needs of increasingly heterogeneous groups of people. Nevertheless, in recent years, the Kyoto Protocol has pushed to limit CO2 emissions in every living and production area. The use of sustainable materials, near zero-energy buildings, transport that reduces consumption as much as possible for their operation and harmful impact on the environments, etc. is now being stimulated worldwide.

For these reasons, this Special Issue on sustainable building and city design, construction, and renovation is being launched. This Special Issue aims to include original research and high-quality review articles on the design principles of interior spaces, buildings, and cities, with particular reference to quality of life aspects, such as sound insulation and/or propagation, energy saving, sustainable living, indoor and outdoor comfort designs, etc. Reports on experimental, computational, or multidisciplinary research are encouraged. Review articles describing the current state of the art are also welcome.

Dr. Marco Caniato

Dr. Federica Bettarello
Guest Editor

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. Designs is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

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  • Design principles of buildings and cities
  • Applied research using measurements or questionnaires
  • Numerical studies and research on sustainable buildings or buildings elements
  • Design and study of new materials with thermal and acoustic properties
  • Recent advances in the field of sustainability for buildings and cities
  • Change in performances due to service time and strategies to renovate
  • Case studies of new applications and/or traditional solutions used in new applications
  • New recycled materials with good thermal and/or acoustic properties
  • Indoor and/or outdoor design for sustainable living
  • Soundscapes for sustainable cities

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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