Special Issue "Energy Efficient Buildings and Green Buildings"
A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2012)
Prof. Dr. Chi-Ming Lai
Department of Civil Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
Interests: energy efficient buildings, Green Building Design, building energy analysis, application of renewable energies in buildings, HVAC, heat transfer, phase change materials
The rapidly growing energy demand has received more and more concerns on the exhaustion of fossil fuels, environmental impacts and (non-) technical barriers of alternative energies. Population and economic growth, and increasing demand for quality in built environment imply that an upward trend in energy demand will continue in the future. The building sector accounts for 20%-50% of the national energy consumption. For this reason, energy efficiency in buildings becomes a significant objective for energy policy and practices at all levels.
Green building (also known as sustainable building, bioclimatic building, etc.) brings together an interdisciplinary combination of practices and techniques to reduce the impact of buildings on the environment and human health by considering the greenery of the site, soil water content, building energy conservation, recycling of building’s rainwater and daily wastewater, sustainable building structure, green materials, etc. Energy efficient building is one of the green building issues and is closely related to other dimensions. The editor anticipates that this theme-oriented issue can provide a collaborative learning base for all stakeholders and cover a wide spectrum of topics in “Energy Efficient Buildings and Green Buildings”.
Dr. Chi-Ming Lai
Topics covered include (but are not limited to):
- building energy demands and consumption
- building energy conservation
- application of renewable energies in buildings
- energy efficient buildings
- green building design
- bioclimatic building
- sustainable design
- smart living space
- typology of green building
- persuasion and co-creation of green building living
- life cycle assessment
- adaptive opportunity
- carbon tracking in buildings
- indoor environment
- sustainability in building construction
- new materials in building and their impact on energy demands
- new materials in building and their impact on the ecological environment