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Special Issue "Advances in Nature-Based Solutions for Sustainable Green Buildings"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 5 July 2023 | Viewed by 92

Special Issue Editors

Research Group BEASt (Built Environment Assessing Sustainability), Department of Civil Engineering Technology, University of Antwerp, Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium
Interests: sustainability assessment; life cycle analysis; life cycle cost analysis; green buildings; nature-based building solutions; circular economy; climate adaptation; climate mitigation
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1. Research Group BEASt (Built Environment Assessing Sustainability), Department of Civil Engineering Technology, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium
2. Department of Architectural Engineering, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium
Interests: green infrastructure and buildings; climate adaptation; climate mitigation; nature-based solutions; circular economy; sustainability assessment; building physics; heat, air and moisture transfer; building energy modelling; building ventilation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue covers “Advances in Nature-Based Solutions for Sustainable Green Buildings”. The focus is both on nature-based building materials and nature-based building-related technologies and systems, such as green roofs and vertical greening systems. Research with the potential to contribute to a wider adoption and documentation of nature-based solutions for sustainable green buildings is also welcomed, as long as it is within the general scope of the journal Sustainability. The latter can include, but is not limited to, research that takes an economic, legislative or LCA/LCCA perspective, as well as practically oriented research, e.g., related to irrigation, maintenance, case studies, etc.

Climate change and environmental pollution (the urban heat island effect, noise pollution, extreme weather events, air pollution, etc.) induced by massive fossil energy consumption and increasing population numbers are significantly threatening the sustainable development of human society. In parallel, human and animal ecosystems are threatened by the mining of raw materials for use in the construction sector. To address these issues, traditional building materials and building solutions should be replaced by more sustainable alternatives. In this context, nature-based building solutions may provide both good alternatives for current practices and offer novel solutions able to increase the sustainability and/or climate resilience of the built environment.

Currently, nature-based solutions for sustainable green buildings are insufficiently documented in the state-of-the-art, and, yet, they have to catch-up and compete with the solid research base built up around traditional building solutions over centuries. Moreover, they are often faced with economic and legislative uncertainties, doubts as to whether they can offer the same performance as traditional building solutions during their lifetime, doubts about their needs for maintenance and questions regarding ‘greenwashing’. To create a fair and level playing field, the guest editors welcome all theoretical and empirical studies exploring green transformation paths of the construction sector by means of nature-based solutions for sustainable green buildings, either by adding to a broad knowledge base and/or through research aiming to remove the obstacles faced today by nature-based solutions. As a whole, in this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews covering nature-based solutions for green buildings within the general aims and scope of Sustainability are welcome.

Research topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Novel nature-based solutions in the construction sector (materials, components and systems);
  • Theoretical modeling and case study research into the physical impacts and climate adaptation potential of nature-based solutions (hygrothermal behavior, air purification, noise attenuation, shading, moisture buffering, etc.);
  • Advances in commissioning and maintenance of green roofs and vertical greening systems;
  • Advances in policy design for nature-based green building solutions;
  • Advances in sustainability assessments of nature-based green building solutions (LCA);
  • Advances in life cycle costing of nature-based green building solutions (LCCA);
  • Advances in nature-based green building solutions in the context of circular construction;
  • Nature-based green building solutions and heritage buildings;
  • Nature-based green building solutions and sustainable development;
  • Carbon footprint of nature-based green building solutions.

Prof. Dr. Amaryllis Audenaert
Prof. Dr. Bert Belmans
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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. Sustainability 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 2200 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.


  • green buildings
  • nature-based building solutions
  • nature-based building materials
  • vertical greening systems
  • green roofs
  • green walls

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