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The Sustainability of Green Buildings and Resilience Research of the Urban Design Environment

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 August 2023) | Viewed by 593

Special Issue Editors

School of Architecture, Planning, Preservation, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA
Interests: embodied carbon; healthy building; life cycle assessment; low carbon building
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School of Architecture, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA
Interests: sustainable architecture and urbanism; energy modeling; renewable energy; built environment and health, environmental psychology; embodied energy
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Dr. Tania Sharmin
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Guest Editor
Welsh School of Architecture (WSA), Cardiff University, King Edward VII Ave, Cardiff CF10 3NB, UK
Interests: smart design to support human-centric planning of urban districts; with an emphasis on health and well-being

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The built environment sector offers the largest cost-effective greenhouse gas emissions reduction potential, with economic gains through the possible implementation of existing technologies, policies, and building designs. In order to achieve the 2℃ pathway, the built environment sector must reduce carbon emissions (CO2) by 40% by 2030 and energy consumption by 60% by 2020. This aggressive goal is nothing short of a dramatic transformation toward a completely zero-carbon built environment.

This special issue is focused on addressing the significant problems related to the development and design of sustainable built environment from building and urban scale. It covers many different topics and issues, including energy modeling method, building performance measurement, resilient infrastructure building,  modelling and planning carbon neutral city, renovating existing buildings, policy and regulation that promote sustainable built environment development. An important focus of the special issue is exploring a more comprehensive built environment development framework that goes beyond isolated building or urban-focused approach. Empirical studies, theatrical development and case studies in all domains of sustainable environment design are all welcomed.

Even though energy-efficient building has experienced continuous improvement since 1990—at an annual rate of approximately 1.5%, however, an expanding population accompanied by rapid purchasing power, growth in emerging economies and developing countries may cause a potential 50% increase in the overall global energy demand of buildings by 2050 . The built environment sector offers the largest cost-effective greenhouse gas emissions reduction potential, with economic gains through the possible implementation of existing technologies, policies, and building designs.  A carbon neutral built environment requires the close integration between highly efficient building and resilient urban infrastructures. While significant effort has been devoted to increasing the energy efficiency of buildings in operation, more research and understanding are needed to better integrate sustainability pursued at building and urban scale. The research community generally agrees that, as the operating energy efficiency increases due to improvements in technology, other sustainability related critical issues other than energy performance will become increasingly important (e.g. urban resilience, environmental impact of buildings). Therefore, it is essential to look beyond the current practice of sustainable design obtained through operational efficiency and envision what the environment could look like in the future from the lens of a resilient building and  urban environment. 

This special issue is focused on addressing the significant research questions related to the development and design of sustainable built environment at building and urban scale. It covers many different topics and issues, including best practice in sustainable design, improving energy efficiency

of buildings, integration of natural ecosystems and built infrastructure, modelling and planning resilient urban environments, renovating existing buildings and infrastructure to meet carbon neutral goals, policy and regulation that promote sustainable built environment development. An important focus of the special issue is exploring a more comprehensive built environment development framework that goes beyond current sustainable and resilient design approaches. Empirical studies, theoretical development and case studies in all domains of sustainable environment design are all welcomed.

Dr. Ming Hu
Dr. John Odhiambo Onyango
Dr. Tania Sharmin
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 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 2400 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.

Keywords

  • carbon neutral
  • energy efficiency
  • building performance
  • environmental impact
  • policy
  • resilient urban

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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