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Special Issue "The Environmental and Economic Sustainability in Building Construction"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Elena Fregonara

Politecnico di Torino, Viale Mattioli 39, 10125, Turin, Italy
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Interests: economic evaluation of projects, economic sustainability; life cycle cost; real estate appraisal; discounted cash-flow analysis; risk analysis; econometrics; real estate monitoring and analysis
Guest Editor
Dr. Roberto Giordano

Politecnico di Torino, Viale Mattioli 39, 10125, Turin, Italy
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Interests: life cycle assessment; building’s life cycle; building environmental assessment; environmental product labeling and rating; embodied energy and carbon; operational energy and carbon; circular economy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Recently, theoretical and empirical research on economic–environmental sustainability has experienced a great expansion, with the proposal of methodologies for supporting decision making since the early design stages, in cases of new building construction projects or retrofitting of existing heritage.

As the literature demonstrates, multidisciplinary approaches are frequently adopted involving disciplines such as real estate appraisal and economic evaluation of projects as well as building environmental design, materials ecology, building physics, and environmental building assessment. The principles of the circular economy are taken as a central theoretical approach, based on the concept of a self-generating economic system, in full harmony with the theory of life cycle thinking, a theory that conceives the project as a sequence of stages that characterize the building’s life cycle, taking into account the environmental impacts of both the building materials and the whole building.

In the life-cycle perspective, the initial investment decisions depend on the design solutions since the early stages, related to the whole building life cycle, considering conjointly the construction–management phases and the end-of-life stage.

Despite the great attention given to this by the scientific communities, there is still wide space for research, aimed at harmonizing the economic and environmental viewpoints—for example, studies addressed to investigating approaches for quantifying conjointly the environmental and economic effects of different project options, including uncertainty and riskiness components.

With these premises, the Special Issue is focused at developing and disseminating knowledge related to economic–environmental sustainability evaluation methodologies, investigated in the architectural and engineering sectors.

Suitable works include studies on the economic valuation of real estate investment projects, the economic effects of building transformation projects on the environment, econometric models, cost analysis, risk analysis, project management, financial analysis, real estate market analysis, and asset price determinants.

At the same time, contributions are accepted regarding the environmental assessment of the building over its life cycle, studies that investigate the relationships between environmental impacts and life cycle stages (e.g., operational vs. embodied) and between environmental impacts and economic costs (e.g., monetization of carbon dioxide emissions).

Dr. Elena Fregonara
Dr. Roberto Giordano
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com 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 papers will be 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 1700 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.


  • sustainability
  • real estate appraisal
  • economic evaluation of projects
  • life cycle cost
  • risk analysis
  • asset price determinants
  • life cycle assessment
  • building’s life cycle
  • building environmental assessment
  • environmental product labeling and rating
  • embodied energy and carbon
  • operational energy and carbon

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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