Special Issue "Optimization of Building Energy and Indoor Air Quality Performance"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Fitsum Tariku
Guest Editor
Building Science Centre of Excellence, British Columbia Institute of Technology, 3700 Willingdon Ave., Burnaby, BC, Canada
Interests: building performance optimization; net-zero energy; smart buildings; passive design; energy efficiency; thermal comfort; high-performance materials; whole-building hygrothermal performance; building integrated renewable systems; life-cycle assessment
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Guest Editor is inviting submissions to a Special Issue of Energies on the subject area of “Optimization of Building Thermal and Indoor Air Quality Performances”. Currently, there is a global movement in designing and building more airtight and highly insulated buildings with the aim of reducing their energy use and impacts on the environment. Measures that are taken to improve the energy performance of the buildings, however, should not compromise the indoor air quality of the buildings, where people spend most of their time. As such, the optimization of buildings' thermal and indoor air quality performances is critical in designing and operating high-performance buildings.

This Special Issue will focus on optimization and smart operations of high-performance buildings. Topics of interest for publication include but are not limited to:

  • Net-zero energy building;
  • Ventilation and IAQ;
  • Building-integrated renewable systems;
  • Indoor and outdoor pollutants transport;
  • Advanced building envelope design;
  • Thermal comfort;
  • Smart control;
  • Advanced materials and systems;
  • Resilient building;
  • Climate change and buildings performance.

Dr. Fitsum Tariku
Guest Editor

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 optimization
  • Net-zero buildings
  • Indoor air quality
  • Thermal comfort
  • Passive design Building envelope
  • Hygrothermal performance
  • Renewable energy
  • Building control

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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