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Special Issue "Effect of the Indoor Environment on Human Health and Well-Being"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2023 | Viewed by 185

Special Issue Editor

Delos Living, New York City, NY, USA & Well Living Lab, Rochester, MN, USA
Interests: development of biometric indicators to assess health and wellness using wearable and noninvasive physiological sensors; the impact of biophilic design on human behavior; the effect of the indoor built environment on human health

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is well-known that humans spend most of their time in indoor spaces. Urbanization has progressed such that people reside predominantly in residential and office environments. This trend has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, during which long quarantine periods have forced the majority of the global population to spend most of their time at home. If the indoor built environment is now our primary environment, then the current public health situation has revealed an urgent need for spaces that support human needs and goals  (working and living in the same space), especially those that are conducive to managing stress, sleep, productivity and performance, learning, comfort, and overall physiological and mental health.

This Special Issue will present novel technologies, designs, and behavioral strategies that serve as solutions for positive health outcomes within the indoor built environment. Beyond applied strategies, the issue will also include new conceptual tools and theoretical frameworks that work toward understanding occupants’ needs, behaviors, and interactions within the indoor built environment.

We are inviting novel contributions in the form of systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and primary research that address all key aspects at the intersection of indoor environments and health. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Sustainable design;
  • Indoor environmental quality and health;
  • Big data to support the design of healthy residences, classrooms, and workplaces;
  • Biophilic, restorative design;
  • Technology adoption and evaluation (e.g., virtual or augmented technologies, lighting design, acoustical design, etc.);
  • Emerging issues at the intersection of climate change and the indoor built environment (e.g., mitigation or adaptation strategies to reduce the negative impact of a changing climate on human health and well-being indoors).

Dr. Sara Aristizabal
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • indoor environmental quality (IEQ)
  • environmental satisfaction
  • occupant experience
  • occupant health and wellbeing

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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