Special Issue "Thermal Behaviour, Energy Efficiency in Buildings and Sustainable Construction"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 November 2020.
Interests: sustainability; thermal behaviour and energy efficiency of buildings; lightweight steel framed (LSF) construction; construction safety management; boundary elements method
Nowadays, energy and sustainability are two of the major concerns of humankind. Given the relevant energy consumption share of the buildings sector, it is very important to search for innovative design solutions and for the optimal thermal performance of buildings in order to reduce energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions, while maintaining the comfort levels of the occupants. Additionally, given the environmental burdens of the construction sector, seeking more environmentally responsible processes and a more efficient use of resources is currently attracting more attention.
This Special Issue is dedicated to the analysis of the recent advances on the following: (1) thermal behaviour improvement of a building’s elements (e.g., walls, floors, roofs, windows, doors, etc.), (2) energy efficiency in buildings, and (3) sustainable construction. All types of the following research approaches are acceptable: experimental, theoretical, numerical, analytical, computational, case studies, and their mixtures. The main criteria for paper acceptance are academic excellence; scientific soundness; and the originality and novelty of applications, methods, fundamental findings, or experiments.
The Special Issue will include the following topics:
- Thermal behaviour improvement of a building’s components (e.g., walls, floors, roofs, windows, doors, etc.);
- Thermal bridges assessment and mitigation;
- Energy efficiency in buildings;
- Thermal inertia increase techniques (e.g., use of PCMs—phase change materials);
- Building location and climate—air temperature, solar radiation, relative humidity, wind speed and direction, ground temperature, daylight hours, and so on;
- Building envelope—air tightness, thermal insulation, glazed openings, shading, and so on;
- Building services—appliances, illumination, heating, air-conditioning, ventilation, heat recover, hot water production, and so on;
- Human factors—occupancy schedule, utilization type, internal heat gains, and so on;
- Passive heating and cooling techniques—natural ventilation, solar heat gains, Trombe walls, ground source heat exchangers, and so on;
- Renewable energy sources for building applications—solar collectors for domestic hot water production, photovoltaic solar panels, wind turbines, and so on;
- Optimization of thermal behaviour and of energy efficiency of buildings;
- Environmental life-cycle assessment of buildings and building components;
- Life-cycle cost assessment of buildings and building components;
- Building’s operational and embodied energy.
Prof. Dr. Paulo Santos
Manuscript Submission Information
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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.
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- Building’s components
- Thermal behaviour
- Thermal bridges
- Energy efficiency
- Thermal inertia
- Building envelope
- Building services
- Human factors
- Passive techniques
- Renewable energy sources
- Sustainable construction
- Life-cycle assessment
- Resource efficiency
- Operational energy
- Embodied energy
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: The effect of physical and behavioral variables on the energy performance of buildings.
Authors: Gianmarco Fajilla 1; Marilena De Simone 1; Luisa F. Cabeza 2; Luís Bragança 3
Affiliation: 1. University of Calabria; 2. University of Lleida; 3. University of Minho
Abstract: Physical variables comprehend climate, envelope characteristics, and systems that produce or consume energy. Human variables can be expressed by occupancy schedules and usage profiles (heating/cooling, DHW, windows…).