Special Issue "Toward Smart Cities: Zero Energy Buildings"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2020.
It is widely acknowledged that, in the years to come, one of the key challenges to the decarbonization of the building stock is to improve, demonstrate, and validate key, radical, and groundbreaking technologies for energy-efficient buildings and neighborhoods based on affordable zero-energy and even energy-plus buildings. This means that feasible solutions for energy saving, production, transfer, and storage should be provided to change the current conditions where the majority of buildings is highly energy-inefficient and where the zero- or plus-energy concepts are often limited to a niche market of newly conceived, stand-alone constructions.
This Special Issue of Sustainability aims at collecting contributions to shift these current gaps into opportunities for future developments in energy efficiency and zero energy even of energy-plus buildings. To achieve this, energy- and non-energy-related benefits should be considered and analyzed for the society and the building construction market, including the impact on the environment and the mitigation of the local climate change.
- Zero-energy and energy-plus solutions in buildings and neighborhoods;
- Cost-effective solutions and reduction of the payback time of energy efficiency measures;
- Increasing quality and attractiveness of constructions at the urban and building scale;
- Measures, tools, and strategies for the nearly Zero Energy in new and existing buildings;
- Punctual densification policy to foster the investments in deep renovation of the existing built environment;
- Case studies and best practices for energy-plus and zero-energy buildings; possible synergies between new and existing buildings; Energy production, energy storage, energy transfer at the different scales of the built environment.
Dr. Annarita Ferrante
Dr. Giovanni Semprini
Dr. Margarita Niki Assimakopoulos
Dr. Niki Gaitani
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- Smart cities and planning
- Zero energy districts
- Plus energy buildings
- Energy efficiency