Special Issue "Sustainable Design and Construction"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.
Interests: sustainable development; real-estate economics; multiple criteria decision support
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Special Issue in Sustainability: Analysis on Real-Estate Marketing and Sustainable Civil Engineering
The construction industry is vital for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, namely economic growth, social progress, and the effective protection of the environment. The global buildings’ sector is growing at unprecedented rates. Over the next 40 years, the world is expected to build 230 billion square meters in new construction—adding the equivalent of Paris to the planet every single week . This rapid growth, however, has negative impacts. According to the “2019 Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction”, the buildings and construction sector accounted for 36% of the final energy use and 39% of the energy and process-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2018, 11% of which resulted from manufacturing building materials and products, such as steel, cement, and glass . Moreover, the construction industry is the largest user of natural resources and produces huge amounts of waste. It contributes to air and water pollution, changes the natural environment, and fosters climate change.
A movement oriented towards sustainability began affecting society and business, including, however slowly, the design and construction industry. Governments, municipalities designers, construction companies, and real estate developers are innovating and implementing measures to improve the sustainability of the construction industry. In this context, scientific research activities and achievements are of major significance. This Special Issue aims to promote sustainable design and construction, and proposes a collection of studies that combine the aforementioned concepts, namely:
- Sustainable resource-conscious design;
- Sustainable land-use;
- Building from environmentally friendly materials;
- Sustainable construction in terms of economic, social, and environmental criteria;
- Sustainable design and construction policy;
- Green buildings;
- Passive buildings;
- Low- and zero-carbon buildings;
- Sustainability rating systems;
- Sustainable refurbishment;
- Life-cycle assessment;
- Circular economy in construction;
- Sustainable communities.
 International Energy Agency. Towards a zero-emission, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction sector. Global status report 2017. United Nations Environment Programme, 2017. Available online: https://www.worldgbc.org/sites/default/files/UNEP%20188_GABC_en%20%28web%29.pdf
 International Energy Agency. 2019 Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction. Towards a zero-emissions, efficient and resilient buildings and construction sector. United Nations Environment Programme, 2019. Available online: https://www.worldgbc.org/sites/default/files/2019%20Global%20Status%20Report%20for%20Buildings%20and%20Construction.pdf
Dr. Laura Tupėnaitė
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- Sustainable design
- Sustainable construction
- Eco-friendly materials
- Low carbon buildings
- Life cycle assessment
- Sustainable communities