Special Issue "Performance Evaluation, Thermal Comfort and Energy Efficiency in Buildings"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Nuria Forcada
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Guest Editor
Department of Project and Construction Engineering, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, 08222 Terrassa (Barcelona), Spain
Interests: thermal comfort; building performance; BIM; energy efficiency; building quality; facility management; risk analysis
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Prof. Dr. Rajat Gupta
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Guest Editor
Low Carbon Building Research Group, Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford OX3 0BP, UK
Interests: building performance evaluation; thermal comfort; qualitative social research; environmental engineering; architectural engineering

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The guest editor is inviting submissions to a Special Issue of Energies on the subject area of “Performance Evaluation, Thermal Comfort and Energy Efficiency in Buildings”.

Climate change, the growth of indoor activities and the changing attitude to comfort has led to an increase in energy consumption in buildings. Only by understanding the relationship between the building, its systems, and their occupants’ needs, can come the changes needed to radically reduce the energy used in buildings and the greenhouse gasses emitted from them.

This Special Issue will deal with “Performance Evaluation, Thermal Comfort and Energy Efficiency in Buildings”. The topics of interest for publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Thermal comfort and energy efficiency in buildings;
  • Thermal comfort and indoor air quality;
  • Thermal comfort and natural ventilation during the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Comfort standards to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Designing for thermal resilience;
  • Thermal comfort for different groups of the population;
  • Safe and healthy environments for people with different needs;
  • Thermal comfort and climate change;
  • Building and HVAC control for indoor environmental quality (IEQ);
  • Building information modelling (BIM) and digital twins for indoor environmental quality (IEQ) analysis;
  • Predictive and adaptive thermal comfort models.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nuria Forcada
Prof. Dr. Rajat Gupta
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Building performance evaluation
  • Thermal comfort
  • Energy efficiency
  • Natural ventilation
  • Indoor air quality
  • Climate change
  • Adaptive thermal comfort models
  • COVID-19

Published Papers (3 papers)

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Estimation of Carbon Footprint of Residential Building in Warm Humid Climate of India through BIM
Energies 2021, 14(14), 4237; https://doi.org/10.3390/en14144237 - 14 Jul 2021
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In recent years Asian Nations showed concern over the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of their civil infrastructure. This study presents a contextual investigation of a residential apartment complex in the territory of the southern part of India. The LCA is performed through Building [...] Read more.
In recent years Asian Nations showed concern over the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of their civil infrastructure. This study presents a contextual investigation of a residential apartment complex in the territory of the southern part of India. The LCA is performed through Building Information Modelling (BIM) software embedded with Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) of materials utilized in construction, transportation of materials and operational energy use throughout the building lifecycle. The results of the study illustrate that cement is the material that most contributes to carbon emissions among the other materials looked at in this study. The operational stage contributed the highest amount of carbon emissions. This study emphasizes variation in the LCA results based on the selection of a combination of definite software-database combinations and manual-database computations used. For this, three LCA databases were adopted (GaBi database and ecoinvent databases through One Click LCA software), and the ICE database was used for manual calculations. The ICE database showed realistic value comparing the GaBi and ecoinvent databases. The findings of this study are valuable for the policymakers and practitioners to accomplish optimization of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions over the building life cycle. Full article
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Using CFD to Evaluate Natural Ventilation through a 3D Parametric Modeling Approach
Energies 2021, 14(8), 2197; https://doi.org/10.3390/en14082197 - 15 Apr 2021
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Predicting building air change rates is a challenge for designers seeking to deal with natural ventilation, a more and more popular passive strategy. Among the methods available for this task, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) appears the most compelling, in ascending use. However, CFD [...] Read more.
Predicting building air change rates is a challenge for designers seeking to deal with natural ventilation, a more and more popular passive strategy. Among the methods available for this task, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) appears the most compelling, in ascending use. However, CFD simulations require a range of settings and skills that inhibit its wide application. With the primary goal of providing a pragmatic CFD application to promote wind-driven ventilation assessments at the design phase, this paper presents a study that investigates natural ventilation integrating 3D parametric modeling and CFD. From pre- to post-processing, the workflow addresses all simulation steps: geometry and weather definition, including incident wind directions, a model set up, control, results’ edition, and visualization. Both indoor air velocities and air change rates (ACH) were calculated within the procedure, which used a test house and air measurements as a reference. The study explores alternatives in the 3D design platform’s frame to display and compute ACH and parametrically generate surfaces where air velocities are computed. The paper also discusses the effectiveness of the reference building’s natural ventilation by analyzing the CFD outputs. The proposed approach assists the practical use of CFD by designers, providing detailed information about the numerical model, as well as enabling the means to generate the cases, visualize, and post-process the results. Full article
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Association between Building Characteristics and Indoor Environmental Quality through Post-Occupancy Evaluation
Energies 2021, 14(6), 1659; https://doi.org/10.3390/en14061659 - 17 Mar 2021
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Post-occupancy evaluations are common tools used to periodically assess Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) in tertiary buildings. Although the large amount of data collected from surveys contain valuable information, the influence of building characteristics on IEQ considering the different uses of the rooms and [...] Read more.
Post-occupancy evaluations are common tools used to periodically assess Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) in tertiary buildings. Although the large amount of data collected from surveys contain valuable information, the influence of building characteristics on IEQ considering the different uses of the rooms and different types of occupants is rarely considered in the evaluation. This study presents an analysis of the association between building characteristics and IEQ in different building rooms (classrooms and offices) and different occupants (students and lecturers) using a post occupancy evaluation survey to 1013 occupants in 26 higher educational buildings in Spain under a Mediterranean climate. This research demonstrated that building characteristics influence IEQ perceptions of the different rooms in tertiary education buildings. The possibility of controlling the lighting, shadows or heating, ventilation air or conditioning (HVAC) systems are the most influential factors when analyzing IEQ. The findings of this research are of interest to facility managers aiming at implementing energy efficiency measures based on user-centric satisfaction or developing maintenance plans focused on IEQ enhancement. Full article
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Planned Papers

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Title: Enhancing energy efficiency through BIM-based decision-making framework
Authors: Nuria Forcada
Affiliation: Department of Project and Construction Engineering, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, 08222 Terrassa (Barcelona), Spain
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