Special Issue "Environmental and Sustainable Built Environments"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 January 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Carolyn S. Hayles
Guest Editor
Cardiff School of Art and Design, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff CF5 2YB, UK
Interests: climate change adaptation and resilience; environmental design; low-zero carbon design; sustainable decision making
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We invite submissions to a Special Issue of the journal Energies on the topic of environmental and sustainable built environments.
It has been well documented that buildings make a considerable contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions and are accountable for a significant percentage of overall energy consumption. Indeed, they are said to account for 30% of all carbon emissions and 40% of energy use worldwide. Meanwhile, the United Nations has warned that the world is “way off track” in terms of meeting targets to limit global warming as the signs of a climate emergency grow more damaging. Certainly, the agency has warned urgent and far-reaching climate action is needed if the World is to limit global warming to 1.5 or 2 °C, as required under the international Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Progressive Climate change targets (up to 2050) have been set, which include reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing the use of renewable energy, as well as improvements in energy efficiency—all pertinent to the built environment. Consequently, the design and construction industries face extraordinary sustainability challenges in order to achieve much needed energy savings while minimising environmental impacts. Addressing the complex and multifaceted challenges of sustainable development will require a robust framework, supported by everyone involved in design and construction, including their extensive supply chains.

In this Special Issue, we would like to encourage original contributions regarding recent developments in and approaches to environmental and sustainable decision making for reducing energy consumption in the built environment, including innovative responses to energy reduction policies; measures being put in place to support adaption to low/zero carbon built environments; as well as strategies for embedding climate change resilience in both new-build and in the reimagining of existing buildings.

Dr. Carolyn S. Hayles
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.


  • Active buildings
  • Building energy systems
  • Climate change adaption
  • Climate change resilience
  • District heating/cooling
  • Energy reduction
  • Energy capture and storage
  • Environmental buildings
  • Integrated systems
  • Low carbon
  • Near-zero carbon
  • Passive design
  • Renewable energies
  • Sustainable technologies
  • Zero carbon

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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