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Special Issue "Energy in Construction and Building Materials"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Construction and Building Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2020

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Antonio Caggiano

1 Humboldt Research Fellow at the Institut für Werkstoffe im Bauwesen, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany.
2 CONICET, LMNI, INTECIN, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Interests: PCM; Bio-based composites; Self-healing materials; Fibers; FRC; Recycling; Composites; Construction and Building Materials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Improving energy efficiency with construction and building materials represents one of the key challenges in the recent research and developments of the international community. Innovations in the construction sector are seeking breakthrough answers by using smart and intelligent materials, energy saving concepts, and cost-effective solutions, in order to ultimately reach technologies with zero CO2 emissions.

Therefore, the aim of this Special Issue is to explore the current state of the art, new ideas, and novel developments on the relevant topics that link energy efficiency to construction and building materials. A wide range of research outputs on various topics, which are contributing to an enhanced energy efficiency and a sustainable materials use for residential and non-residential buildings, is expected.

The emphasis of this Special Issue will be on collecting fundamental studies, experimental research, numerical approaches, analysis tools, design guidelines, and so on, for energy efficient materials and construction. It is the ambition of this Issue to hugely stimulate and spread the latest knowledge on energy and construction and building materials. It will be a basis for new ideas on the various topics for young investigators as well as leading experts in the field of Materials Science and Engineering.

Dr. Antonio Caggiano
Guest Editor

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  • Energy saving with materials
  • Energy efficiency
  • Energy harvesting
  • Energy storage
  • Energy sustainability
  • Energy transformations
  • Health and thermal comfort
  • Heating and cooling
  • Heat recovery systems
  • Building physics for materials
  • Insulation passive and active systems
  • Intelligent energy saving materials
  • Multi-scale and multi-physics modelling
  • Piezoelectric materials
  • Phase change materials
  • Renewable energy resources
  • Smart materials
  • Thermal energy storages
  • Zero CO2 emissions
  • CO2 storage in materials.

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Bio-Waste Thermal Insulation Panel for Sustainable Building Construction in Steady and Unsteady-State Conditions
Materials 2019, 12(12), 2004; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma12122004
Received: 3 June 2019 / Revised: 19 June 2019 / Accepted: 20 June 2019 / Published: 22 June 2019
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Apart from being used as an oil stock for bio-fuels production, an annual crop plant Brassica napus, thought to be an agro-waste, and used either as an animal feed, soil fertilizer or biomass for combustion and thermal energy production. Alternatively, as a bio-based [...] Read more.
Apart from being used as an oil stock for bio-fuels production, an annual crop plant Brassica napus, thought to be an agro-waste, and used either as an animal feed, soil fertilizer or biomass for combustion and thermal energy production. Alternatively, as a bio-based and locally bio-sourced cellulosic material, it could be used as a thermal insulation in sustainable building fabrication, likewise woodchips, a bio-waste from the wood industry. In this study, the above-mentioned bio-waste materials’ thermal properties were identified using a sandwich panel from medium density fibreboard (MDF) and wood studs. Premanufactured panels have been filled in with randomly oriented short-cut rapeseed and with short-cut woodchips. A modified guarded hot box method was used to designate steady and un-steady state thermo-physical parameters of such insulation panels. The examined bio-waste materials absorbed thermal fluctuations of the exterior environment and kept the indoor building environment at constant temperature regardless of such fluctuations. The ability of bio-based sandwich panels to store heat energy was found to be similar to mineral wool. Additionally, VOC (volatile organic compound) emissions of tested materials were identified using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) combined with headspace solid-phase microextraction (HS-SPME) to declare materials’ harmlessness to indoor environmental quality and human wellbeing. In conclusion, bio-based short-cut materials proved to be a viable environmentally friendly and energy efficient alternative to conventionally used thermal insulations. Full article
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