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Special Issue "Building Thermal Envelope"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2019.
Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049–001 Lisbon, Portugal
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Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: building physics; thermal and energy performance of buildings (laboratory and field experiments, modelling and simulation); sustainable and energy efficient materials and solutions; wind action and natural ventilation of buildings
The increasing requirements in building thermal and energy performance standards and the need for designing net-zero energy buildings, while still enhancing indoor comfort conditions, lead to a demand for more efficient thermal building envelope solutions. In fact, the effective use of building thermal envelopes, as an interface between outdoors and indoors, plays a key role in sustainable and energy-efficient building design. Therefore, there is a need for a continuous search for innovative materials, construction solutions, and technologies that manage the energy and mass transfer between buildings and the external environment, taking into account not only climatic changes but also user preferences. Knowledge concerning the performance of building thermal envelope solutions and existing design support tools, such as building performance simulation, is crucial for stakeholders to make informed decisions with respect to the definition and implementation of energy-efficient strategies for new and refurbished buildings.
This Special Issue intends to provide an overview of existing knowledge related to various aspects of building thermal envelopes.
Original research (theoretical and experimental), case studies, and comprehensive review papers are invited for possible publication in this Special Issue. Relevant topics to this Special Issue include but are not limited to the following subjects:
- Building envelope materials and systems envisaging indoor comfort and energy efficiency;
- Building thermal and energy modelling and simulation;
- Lab test procedures and methods of field measurement to assess the performance of materials and building solutions;
- Smart materials and renewable energy in building envelopes;
- Adaptive and intelligent building envelopes;
- Integrated building envelope technologies for high-performance buildings and cities.
Prof. Dr. Jorge de Brito
Prof. Dr. Maria da Glória Gomes
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. Energies is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly 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.
- building envelope materials and systems envisaging indoor comfort and energy efficiency
- building thermal and energy modelling and simulation
- lab test procedures and methods of field measurement to assess the performance of materials and building solutions
- smart materials and renewable energy in building envelopes
- adaptive and intelligent building envelopes
- integrated building envelope technologies for high-performance buildings and cities