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Special Issue "Sustainability and Innovation in Building Materials and Technologies: Resource Efficiency and Life Cycle Analysis"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Green Building".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 September 2023 | Viewed by 554

Special Issue Editors

Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, University of Catania, 95131 Catania, Italy
Interests: environmental economics; real estate economics; urban economics; circular economy, urban and land management; urban and land sustainability; cultural resources valuation; Multiple Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA); Datamining; GIS

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Building construction materials and technologies play an essential role in the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP). Many solutions and opportunities are offered in the field of research and industry for facing the decarbonization of buildings through innovative envelope components and renewable energy systems integrated into the buildings.

This Special Issue wants to offer a collection of papers that deals with not only innovative construction elements and components on various levels, including composition selection, production technology and end-of-life options, but also with novel RES (Renewable Energy Systems) systems and technologies integrated into the building from all points of view: functional, constructive and aesthetic.

This Special Issue aims to contribute an outstanding collection of both research and design practice papers on in sustainable and innovative building materials and technologies.

Furthermore, the Special Issue will contribute to identify best practices to support the development of materials and technologies, the implementation of sustainable production processes in the perspective of a circular economy by promoting a reconnaissance of tools to support the economic-financial evaluation, financing sources, decision-making and management processes in the product and process innovation for companies in the industry and in the programming of energy requalification interventions in buildings in the private and public perspective.

Dr. Francesco Nocera
Prof. Dr. Maria Rosa Trovato
Guest Editors

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  • integration renewable energy resources (biomass, wind, solar, geothermal, heat pump)
  • sustainable architecture
  • nearly zero energy buildings
  • smart buildings
  • building-integrated PV/thermal (BIPV/T)
  • building-integrated solar thermal (BIST)
  • green buildings
  • HVAC Systems
  • responsive envelopes
  • LCA analysis
  • LCC—life cycle cost
  • LCR—life cycle revenue
  • economic-financial feasibility
  • financing
  • social impact finance
  • decision system support
  • circular economy

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Simplified Life Cycle Cost Estimation of Low-Rise Steel Buildings Using Fundamental Period
Sustainability 2023, 15(3), 2706; - 02 Feb 2023
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In the current study, a simplified seismic life cycle cost (LCC) estimation procedure is proposed utilizing the mean values of the structure’s main input variables. The main input variables of the building are used for constructing a relationship between the structural fundamental period [...] Read more.
In the current study, a simplified seismic life cycle cost (LCC) estimation procedure is proposed utilizing the mean values of the structure’s main input variables. The main input variables of the building are used for constructing a relationship between the structural fundamental period (T) and an average estimation of the LCC (LCCavg). Using the actual building properties related to damage probability, the T–LCCavg relationship is used to obtain the final LCC (LCCfin). The equivalent single degree of freedom (ESDOF) model and SAC-FEMA framework are utilized for damage probability calculation. The dispersion measure in demand is approximately calculated based on the mean plus one standard deviation of the seismic hazard response spectrum, and, then, verified through nonlinear time history (NLTH) analyses of the original structure. Five and three-story steel buildings are used as case studies for verification of the proposed method. The analysis results indicate that the proposed procedure provides reasonable LCC estimations for low-rise buildings dominated by the fundamental mode of vibration. Full article
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