Special Issue "Architecture and Indoor Environmental Quality"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 April 2022.
Interests: indoor environmental quality in classrooms and offices; thermal comfort; acoustics of worship places; environmental noise analysis; thermal and acoustical properties of material; circular economy; waste material; sustainable building component; energy saving; lighting
Interests: thermal, optical, and acoustic properties of opaque and transparent building materials; transparent insulating materials (TIMs); circular economy; waste material; life cycle assessment; indoor environmental quality; heat transfer; thermal and lighting comfort; building energy simulation; acoustic quality of rooms; environmental noise analysis; renewable energy
Indoor environmental quality is a very important challenge that can impact health and wellbeing as well as communication aspects, related to a good intelligibility of the acoustic message and visual and thermal comfort. It has been widely demonstrated that a comfortable environment enhances productivity for workers and students. Globally, it is seen that the potential health and productivity benefits remain to be implicated in the total cost of design. At present, building facility managers are showing an interest by ameliorating indoor air, and new designs are being used to build comprehensive databases of occupant perceptions.
In this context, a number of key issues need to be taken into account: thermo-hygrometric indoor conditions, sound generation and propagation, occupants’ perception, and quality of indoor air and lighting. These topics can also be approached by studying new building design and architecture.
This Special Issue aims to collect papers on indoor comfort and health. Both reviews and application-specific research papers are welcome. Review papers should present comprehensive reference information and the state-of-the-art in the subjects considered. Information on new building service components or lightening devices available on the market and/or recently developed in the literature would be welcome.
Papers selected for this Special Issue will be subject to a rigorous peer review procedure with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination of research results, developments, and applications.
Prof. Dr. Paola Ricciardi
Dr. Elisa Belloni
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- Indoor environmental quality
- Sustainable architecture
- Indoor thermal comfort
- Acoustic comfort
- Visual comfort
- Air quality
- Building performance
- Energy savings
- Dynamic simulations
- Global and local comfort index
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Development of a Decisional Procedure Based on Fuzzy Logic for the Energy Retrofitting of Buildings
Authors: L. Barelli; E. Belloni; G. Bidini; C. Buratti; E.M. Pinchi
Affiliation: Department of Engineering, University of Perugia, Via G. Duranti 93, Perugia 06125, Italy
Abstract: Abstract: The paper concerns the development of an automatic tool, based on Fuzzy Logic, able to identify proper solutions for energy retrofitting of existing buildings. Considering winter heating, opaque and glazing surfaces are considered in order to reduce building heat dispersions. Starting from energy diagnosis, it is possible to formulate retrofitting proposals and to evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention, considering several aspects (energy savings, costs, intervention typology). The innovation of this work is represented by the application of a fuzzy logic expert system to get an indication about proper interventions for building energy retrofitting, providing as inputs only few parameters, with a strong reduction in time and effort with respect to software tools and methodologies currently applied by experts. Energy requirements for winter heating before and after particular interventions were evaluated for a consistent set of buildings, in order to produce the required knowledge base for the tool development. Identified appropriate inputs and outputs, their domains of discretization, the membership functions associated to each fuzzy set, and the linguistic rules were deduced on the basis of the knowledge so determined. Therefore, the system was successfully validated with reference to further buildings characterized by different design and architecture features, showing a good agreement with the interventions opportunity evaluated. Keywords: building design and architecture; energy retrofitting; energy efficiency in buildings; energy diagnosis; fuzzy logic