Special Issue "Building Renovation—Towards a Decarbonized Building Stock 2050"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Manuela Almeida
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Institute for Sustainability and Innovation in Structural Engineering (ISISE), Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minho, 4800-058 Guimarães, Portugal
Interests: energy efficiency in buildings; buildings renovation; nZEB buildings; building physics; sustainable construction and life cycle analysis
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Dr. Jørgen Rose
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Guest Editor
Department of the Built Environment, Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark
Interests: energy efficiency in buildings; renewable energy sources; building renovation; disctrict scale renovation; thermal bridges; building simulation and building physics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The building sector accounts for approx. 40% of primary energy use and associated CO2 emissions, and it is expected that 85–95% of the existing building stock will still be here in 2050. Therefore, energy-efficient renovation and utilization of renewable energy sources will play a key role in the transition towards a low emission society. Most countries have already set ambitious goals for reducing energy use in existing buildings and, e.g., the EU has set a goal to have a completely decarbonized building stock by 2050. Renovation rates, however, are much too low at the moment (e.g., 1% per year in Europe), and there is a need for strategies and initiatives that can speed up the process considerably if ambitious goals are to be reached.

This Special Issue intends to present a selection of papers addressing a wide range of approaches and tools, with the objective of promoting an effective transition to a low carbon economy focusing on the key elements of the renovation strategy.

In achieving this objective, there are some key questions that need to be answered:

  • How to ensure a sustainable transition, both from a societal and individual point of view?
  • What are the implications and possibilities related to a broader perspective on building renovation, taking into account a district approach and optimization of the integration of renewables?
  • What is the optimal balance between energy efficiency and utilization of renewable energy sources at both building and district level?
  • Which energy policies, incentives, actions, and tools will most efficiently support the transition toward the 2050 goals?

Dr. Manuela Almeida
Dr. Jørgen Rose
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • sustainable building renovation
  • zero or positive energy/carbon districts
  • life cycle analysis
  • balancing energy efficiency and renewables
  • sustainable policies and tools

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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