Special Issue "Architecture and Indoor Environmental Quality"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sustainability and Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 April 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Paola Ricciardi
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Guest Editor
Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, University of Pavia, Pavia 27100, Italy
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
Dr. Elisa Belloni
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Guest Editor
Department of Engineering, University of Perugia, 06125 Perugia, Italy
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

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

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
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • 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

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Experimental Winter Monitoring of a Light-Weight Green Roof Assembly for Building Retrofit
Sustainability 2021, 13(9), 4604; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13094604 - 21 Apr 2021
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Green roofs are a recurrent solution for improving environmental quality in buildings. Such systems can, among other things, reduce the urban heat island effect, improve indoor thermal comfort and visual quality, and reduce energy consumption in buildings, therefore promoting human comfort. This work [...] Read more.
Green roofs are a recurrent solution for improving environmental quality in buildings. Such systems can, among other things, reduce the urban heat island effect, improve indoor thermal comfort and visual quality, and reduce energy consumption in buildings, therefore promoting human comfort. This work presents the winter monitoring of a light-weight green roof assembly with the potential to be implemented in extensive urban areas. The green roof monitoring was compared to those of previous bituminous and cool-coating applications. Results show that the system was able to decrease heat losses maintaining a positive energy flow from solar radiation gains and a more constant indoor temperature. In a well-insulated construction, the impact during the cold season was discreet. However, compared to the reference building, a slightly lower indoor air temperature (about 1 °C) was registered. Full article
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Assessment of Indoor Environmental Quality in Budget Hotels Using Text-Mining Method: Case Study of Top Five Brands in China
Sustainability 2021, 13(8), 4490; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13084490 - 17 Apr 2021
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Guests’ evaluation of indoor environmental quality (IEQ) is important for identifying environment quality problems in hotels and improving service quality. This paper aims to identify IEQ problems in budget hotels in China and improve them. Specifically, 2.06 million online reviews of budget hotels [...] Read more.
Guests’ evaluation of indoor environmental quality (IEQ) is important for identifying environment quality problems in hotels and improving service quality. This paper aims to identify IEQ problems in budget hotels in China and improve them. Specifically, 2.06 million online reviews of budget hotels were used to assess IEQ issues in China’s budget hotels in four areas: acoustic environment, luminous environment, indoor air quality (IAQ) and thermal environment. The influences of the season, region and type of customers on the IEQ evaluation were also explored, and the main causes of IEQ problems were also identified. The research results show that the IEQ complaint rates of budget hotels are relatively high. In particular, complaints about the acoustic environment are more common. Differences in seasons and climate zones have significant effects on complaints about the acoustic environment, thermal environment and IAQ. Different types of customers have different concerns about hotel IEQ, among which solo travelers and traveling couples have higher requirements for IEQ. The occurrence of IEQ problems significantly reduces a hotel’s online rating, with IAQ and the thermal environment having the greatest impacts, but the causal factors that trigger IEQ problems are relatively concentrated. The findings of this paper can provide a reference for assessing IEQ problems in hotel buildings and guide hotel managers to adopt targeted IEQ improvement programs to promote sustainable development in the hotel industry. Full article
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Research on Indoor Thermal Comfort and Age of Air in Qilou Street Shop under Mechanical Ventilation Scheme: A Case Study of Nanning Traditional Block in Southern China
Sustainability 2021, 13(7), 4037; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13074037 - 05 Apr 2021
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In hot summers, air conditioning (AC) and mechanical ventilation (such as fans) are used as cooling modes that strongly influence the resultant indoor environment, like thermal comfort and air quality in the shops of a Nanning arcade street (qilou). The air circulation mode [...] Read more.
In hot summers, air conditioning (AC) and mechanical ventilation (such as fans) are used as cooling modes that strongly influence the resultant indoor environment, like thermal comfort and air quality in the shops of a Nanning arcade street (qilou). The air circulation mode in shops greatly affects the indoor thermal environment and level of air freshness. The approaches for effectively improving the indoor thermal comfort and air quality are developed in qilou street shops with air-conditioner in a humid and hot region in southern China. Consequently, the purpose of this study is to assess different ventilation schemes in order to identify the best one. By using two indices, i.e., the predicted mean vote (PMV) and the age of air (AoA), in situ measurement and numerical simulation are conducted to investigate humans’ thermal comfort in extreme summer. Then, the indoor thermal comfort and AoA levels in summer under three different ventilation schemes (upper-inlet–upper-outlet, upper-inlet–bottom-outlet, and side-inlet–side-outlet) are comparatively analyzed through numerical computations of the indoor thermal environment. The results show that the upper-inlet–upper-outlet mode of the AC ventilation scheme led to the creation of a favorable air quality and comfortable thermal environment inside the shop, which will help designers understand the influence of the ventilation scheme on the indoor thermal comfort and health environment. Full article
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Planned Papers

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

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