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Special Issue "Applications of Renewable Energy Technologies on Buildings"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2023 | Viewed by 319

Special Issue Editors

Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND 58108, USA
Interests: building energy conservation technology; building energy management; computational airflow modeling; HVAC system design and simulation; zonal modeling approach; geothermal heat pump; building/underground thermal energy storage
Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND 58108, USA
Interests: green buildings; buildings and energy; BIM; artificial intelligent; LCA; machine learning
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

(1) Introduction, including scientific background and highlighting the importance of this research area.

Renewable energy plays a significant role in the energy system design of modern buildings, especially green buildings, not only because of its potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions but also considering the shortage of non-renewable energy resources in the future. The applications of renewable energy technologies in buildings involve their integration with building systems (HVAC heating, ventilation, and air conditioning), electrical systems, etc.), in meeting building heating and/or cooling needs, as well as illuminance and other electrical needs. For example, solar and geothermal energy are commonly used in buildings, which can be collected through photovoltaic (PV) panels, solar thermal collectors, and geothermal systems such as ground source heat pumps (GSHPs). A variety of renewable energy systems have been developed for building applications, but it is just the beginning, and more extensive research on this topic is expected, especially considering the emergence of innovative energy collection and storage technologies and the continuous development of new materials to enhance heat transfer and storage.

(2) Aim of the Special issue and how the subject relates to the journal scope.

The aim of this Special Issue is thus publish studies related to innovative renewable energy technologies applied to buildings, especially energy-efficient and/or green buildings, for sustainable development.

(3) Suggest themes.

Specifically, in this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews related to renewable energy systems used in buildings are welcome. For example, the research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following: renewable energy application in buildings, solar and geothermal energy systems, building energy-saving technologies, advanced energy storage technologies, energy retrofitting with renewable energy systems, sustainable and green/LEED buildings, life cycle analysis of building renewable energy, etc.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Dr.  Yao Yu
Prof. Dr.  Abdulaziz Banawi
Guest Editor

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  • renewable energy
  • green buildings
  • solar photovoltaic technology
  • solar thermal energy
  • geothermal energy
  • thermal energy storage
  • building HVAC systems
  • energy resilience
  • ground source heat pump

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