Special Issue "Circularity in the Built Environment"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Usha Iyer-Raniga
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Guest Editor
School of Property, Construction and Project Management, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
Interests: Tools for sustainability; Quantitative and qualitative measures for sustainability; Circularity for the built environment; Built environment policy and regulation; Built environment design/form; Health and comfort in buildings; Heritage issues; Education for sustainability; Post occupancy evaluation; Smart cities; Climate change adaptation and responses; Affordable and resilient housing; Not for profit and social housing requirements

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Currently, the built environment operates in a linear way where large amounts of nonrenewable resources are used, particularly in the urban areas of the world. Recent estimates indicate that over half of the world’s population will live in urban areas, whilst providing over 80 percent of the global GDP generation.

The impact of the buildings and construction sector was recognised as a key contributor to global emissions for the first time at the Conference of Parties meeting, COP 21 in Paris in 2015. Several of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) directly impact on the buildings and construction sector. Circular approaches support the goals of the SDGs and arise from the same foundations underpinning the SDGs.

Investment opportunities in the built environment for designing and constructing buildings based on circular principles, closing the loop on building construction and demolition materials, and building circular cities provide new opportunities. Aside from creating jobs, application of the circular principles supports resilience, reduces resource use and lowers overall emissions.

This Special Edition focuses on circularity in the built environment. Papers contributing to knowledge in this emerging area are welcomed. Papers may focus on application of principles of circularity, business models, case studies/best practice examples across various phases of the built cycle including the supply chain or new forms of shared services.

Prof. Dr. Usha Iyer-Raniga
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Circular principles/policies in the built environment
  • Construction and demolition waste management (particularly upcycling opportunities)
  • Design for disassembly, reuse and ease to recycle
  • Adaptability, flexibility and refurbishment of buildings and neighbourhoods
  • Sharing and multiuse of spaces
  • Use or reused or recycled content in new products and buildings
  • Circular water
  • Circular energy
  • Financing circular processes
  • Examples of best practice/case studies in the built environment
  • State of play knowledge for buildings and infrastructure impacting on circularity
  • Circular processes/closing the loop
  • Supply chain considerations for buildings/precincts/city

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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