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Special Issue "Building Energy and Structural Deep Renovation: Analysis, System and Approach"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2023 | Viewed by 96

Special Issue Editor

Construction Technologies Institute, National Research Council of Italy (ITC-CNR), Via Paolo Lembo, 38/B, 70124 Bari, Italy
Interests: sustainable construction; resilience indicators at building and urban level; circular economy; energy efficiency; climate change mitigation and adaptation actions; innovative building components and materials; solutions and technologies for deep energy and structural renovation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Climate changes and energy emergencies are now two phenomena converging faster and faster in a global crisis that needs to be urgently faced. A relevant counter-action is the deep renovation of existing buildings that allows them, for example, to meet the 2050 decarbonisation target imposed by the European Union. Recently, numerous solutions have been developed concerning technical methods, business models and financing schemes for eco-renovation practices. At the same time, structural weakness is relevant when dealing with outdated building stock, which generally manifests high vulnerability against natural and anthropogenic actions, due to degradation and poor maintenance while new performances meeting resilience and sustainability objective are required. Consequently, the interest in novel materials and techniques for combined retrofitting has grown steadily in recent years aiming to effectively contribute to the goal of safe, resilient and sustainable cities. In order to optimize the costs/benefits ratio when tackling a complex building renovation, it is necessary to integrate the energy efficiency objective with policies and measures aimed at other issues, such as structural safety, functionality, maintenance and durability. Thus, it is of fundamental importance to adopt a holistic approach in renovation of existing building stock, able to evaluate the technological solutions required for the simultaneous improvement of buildings from an architectural, energy and structural point of view, instead of addressing each mentioned issue independently. From this perspective, sustainable design focuses on reducing negative impacts on the environment, and the health and comfort of building occupants, thereby improving building performances from both structural and energy points of view. The basic objectives of sustainability are to reduce consumption of non-renewable resources, minimize waste, improve economy and create healthy, productive environments. The waste material reuse should also be considered and challenged in order to support the Circular Economy Plan. To sum up, a sustainable future passes through the sustainability of constructions for a large part. To this aim, the advances in the field are asked to be collected in the proposed Special Issue concerning a spectrum of topics, such as:

  • Sustainability strategy for the improvement of the buildings from the social, economical and technical point of views;
  • New materials for the energy, structural or even combined upgrading of building stock;
  • Market resilience to deep renovations;
  • Sustainable development;
  • Life cycle analysis;
  • Circular economy;
  • Case studies.

In summary, the main objectives of this Special Issue are the following:

  • Improving knowledge on the combined strategy for the energy and structural improvement of existing buildings;
  • Improving the knowledge on the secondary raw materials use in the civil engineering field from the perspective of circular economy;
  • Framing the main critical issues of existing buildings in relation to the expected targets of safety, energy efficiency, durability and maintenance;
  • Developing new market strategies for renovation interventions on buildings;
  • Disseminating scientific knowledge and transferring practical cases to stakeholders on different aspects (design, construction, manufacture, maintenance);
  • Contributing to the development of protocols and guidelines to identify methodologies and tools in order to properly design and predict the improved buildings performances once utilizing the proposed solutions.

Dr. Paola Lassandro
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • renovation
  • circular economy
  • energy efficiency
  • structural safety improvement
  • retrofitting
  • recycled materials
  • green transition
  • climate crisis

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