Special Issue "Low Carbon and Resilient Planning, Design, and Construction of the Built Environment: Mitigation and Adaptation Achievements and Future Directions"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy and Environment".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Robert J. Ries
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M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Construction Management, University of Florida, 332 Rinker Hall, P.O. Box 115703, Gainesville, FL 32611-5703, USA
Interests: Life cycle assessment of the built environment; building performance
Dr. Yuan Chang
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Guest Editor
School of Management Science and Engineering, Central University of Finance and Economics, Bldg 4, Rm 338, Shahe Higher Education Park, Beijing, China 102206
Interests: Life-cycle assessment, sustainable building and infrastructure systems, sustainable engineering modeling, industrial ecology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The life cycle of the built environment is critical for heading towards a lower carbon emission future due to the substantial stocks and flows of buildings and infrastructure. The built environment is also the context for significant planning and investments in climate adaptation and resilience, and as such, occupies a special place in the human response to changing climate. Thus, reducing the energy and carbon footprint of the construction and operation of buildings and infrastructure are major pathways to achieving carbon emission goals. Simultaneously, the built environment must adapt to changing climate in terms of increasing ambient temperature, including effects on building energy use intensity, rising sea levels and impacts of coastal inundation, and shifting precipitation and effects on storm water management and potable water supply.

This special issue seeks to publish a collection of articles that address the issues of carbon mitigation and low carbon adaptation across the life cycle of the built environment. The special issue will be a compendium that identifies key contributions and sheds light on future directions for the planning, design, construction, and operation of a low carbon built environment in both climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Prof. Dr. Robert J. Ries
Dr. Yuan Chang
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Climate change mitigation in the built environment
  • Climate change adaptation in the built environment
  • Built environment resilience

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Green Performance Evaluation System for Energy-Efficiency-Based Planning for Construction Site Layout
Energies 2019, 12(24), 4620; https://doi.org/10.3390/en12244620 - 05 Dec 2019
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The location of temporary facilities in a construction project and the entire site layout plan directly affect project objectives such as time, labor cost, and material transportation and handling. The layout of construction sites also affects entrainment factors such as energy consumption, carbon [...] Read more.
The location of temporary facilities in a construction project and the entire site layout plan directly affect project objectives such as time, labor cost, and material transportation and handling. The layout of construction sites also affects entrainment factors such as energy consumption, carbon footprints, and overall construction operation productivity. While site layout planning has been intensively investigated from a project objectives perspective, there have been very few studies of energy-efficiency-based planning, or of the sustainability performance of site layouts. This study developed a green performance evaluation system aimed at improving the sustainability of construction site layouts. The identified factors include six sustainable evaluation categories covering energy conservation and environmental protection, people-oriented principles, construction efficiency, intensity of economic growth, intensity of space use, and the overall control of process. An analytic hierarchy process (AHP) was adopted to determine the weight of each attribute and a fuzzy comprehensive evaluation method was established to carry out the evaluation. The 23 attributes adopted in this paper were identified in the literature; however, the major contribution of this paper is the development of a green performance evaluation system. This system integrates both qualitative and quantitative attributes and provides an overall evaluation of the environmental effectiveness of a construction site layout. The proposed evaluation system was validated with a commercial building project. The average utilization ratio of the case study site was calculated as 94%, and lessons learned are discussed in this paper. The case study analysis identified available site spaces around the building and examined how the arrangement of resources and facilities ensures effective connection between construction activities. The findings showed that the facility’s layout plays a crucial role in energy consumption and green performance. The proposed system will support construction project managers to create high-performance construction site layouts in more scientific and systematic ways. Full article
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Recent Advances in Transcritical CO2 (R744) Heat Pump System: A Review
Energies 2019, 12(3), 457; https://doi.org/10.3390/en12030457 - 31 Jan 2019
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Heat pump (HP) is one of the most energy efficient tools for address heating and possibly cooling needs in buildings. Growing environmental concerns over conventional HP refrigerants, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) have forced legislators and researchers to look for alternatives. As such, [...] Read more.
Heat pump (HP) is one of the most energy efficient tools for address heating and possibly cooling needs in buildings. Growing environmental concerns over conventional HP refrigerants, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) have forced legislators and researchers to look for alternatives. As such, carbon dioxide (R744/CO2) has come to light due to its low global warming potential (GWP) and zero ozone depleting characteristics. Even though CO2 is environmentally benign, the performance of CO2 HP has been of concern since its inception. To improve the performance of CO2 HP, research has been playing a pivotal role in developing functional designs of heat exchangers, expansion devices, and compressors to suit the CO2 transcritical cycle. Different CO2 HP cycles coupled with auxiliary components, hybrid systems, and refrigerant mixtures along with advanced control strategies have been applied and tested. This paper presents a complete overview of the most recent developments of transcritical CO2 HPs, their components, and applications. Full article
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Title: A decision support system for optimal retrofit strategies of green building
Authors: Yi-Kai Juan 1, Chien-Ming Lai 1* and Kuo-Tsang Huang 2,
Affiliations:
1 Department of Architecture, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology; [email protected]; [email protected]
2 Department of Bioenvironmental Systems Engineering, National Taiwan University; [email protected]
* Correspondence: [email protected]; [email protected]
Abstract: In many advanced countries, the energy consumed by the building industry usually accounts for 30-40% of the total energy consumption. Facing challenges raised due to climate adaptation and resilience, the focus on new technologies, new materials, and new applications related to green building issues has been concerned. However, the promotion and implementation of green building are highly constrained. One of the many obstacles to introducing green building lies in the lack of systematic methods and knowledge to strategically evaluate the design benefits for decision support. This study aims to develop an integrated decision support system based on generic algorithms (GA) for optimized green building retrofit strategies considering the trade-off among technology cost, energy-saving benefits, and user preferences. Two decision models will be provided for decision-makers to explore the multi-objective optimization for design decisions. A case study will also be applied to validate the proposed system. It is expected that the system would provide substantial energy performance and cost improvements to the real project if implemented.
Keywords: Decision support system; Green building; Retrofit strategies; Generic algorithms (GA)

Title: A decision support system for optimal retrofit strategies of green building
Authors: Yi-Kai Juan 1, Chien-Ming Lai 1* and Kuo-Tsang Huang 2,
Affiliation: 1 Department of Architecture, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology; [email protected]; [email protected] 2 Department of Bioenvironmental Systems Engineering, National Taiwan University; [email protected] * Correspondence: [email protected]; [email protected]
Abstract: In many advanced countries, the energy consumed by the building industry usually accounts for 30-40% of the total energy consumption. Facing challenges raised due to climate adaptation and resilience, the focus on new technologies, new materials, and new applications related to green building issues has been concerned. However, the promotion and implementation of green building are highly constrained. One of the many obstacles to introducing green building lies in the lack of systematic methods and knowledge to strategically evaluate the design benefits for decision support. This study aims to develop an integrated decision support system based on generic algorithms (GA) for optimized green building retrofit strategies considering the trade-off among technology cost, energy-saving benefits, and user preferences. Two decision models will be provided for decision-makers to explore the multi-objective optimization for design decisions. A case study will also be applied to validate the proposed system. It is expected that the system would provide substantial energy performance and cost improvements to the real project if implemented. Keywords: Decision support system; Green building; Retrofit strategies; Generic algorithms (GA)

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