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Special Issue "Cooling Techniques for Sustainable Buildings and Cities"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2023 | Viewed by 122

Special Issue Editors

Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering, Hiroshima University, Higashi-Hiroshima, Japan
Interests: passive cooling techniques; natural ventilation; adaptive behavior; indoor thermal comfort; indoor air quality and urban heat islands
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School of Environment and Society, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Yokohama, Japan
Interests: thermal environment; passive cooling techniques; microclimate; simulation-based design; architectural and urban greening; remote sensing
Division of Building Sciences, Directorate of Engineering Affairs for Human Settlements and Housing, Ministry of Public Works and Housing, Bandung, Indonesia
Interests: sustainable design; passive cooling techniques; thermal comfort; natural ventilation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Populations are growing globally, especially in cities, and particularly in the hot-climate regions such as in Asia and Africa.  Energy consumption has been increasing rapidly in line with the economic growth in these regions. Urban populations experience an accelerated warming due to the combination of global warming and urban heat islands. Appropriate energy-saving cooling techniques are therefore in high demand in order for sustainable buildings and cities to be realized, especially in rapidly growing regions. This Special Issue invites papers which address the latest techniques/technologies for cooling buildings and cities which contribute to the realization of sustainable societies in hot or warm regions. Innovative cooling techniques/technologies are in demand for various strata of income groups. We therefore expect a wide range of techniques/technologies in terms of the cost and affordability, including not only passive cooling techniques but also active/hybrid cooling technologies. Furthermore, cooling techniques/technologies should cover not only a human scale but a building scale and be further applicable to a city scale. It would also be interesting to review traditional techniques incorporated into so-called vernacular buildings. We invite the submission of original articles, case studies as well as review papers from various regions. This Special Issue will contribute to the further accumulation of knowledge, especially focusing on cooling techniques/technologies for hot or warm regions towards sustainable societies.

Dr. Tetsu Kubota
Dr. Takashi Asawa
Dr. Muhammad Nur Fajri Alfata
Guest Editors

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  • passive cooling
  • active cooling technology
  • sustainability
  • energy saving
  • low carbon
  • urban warming
  • hot climate

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