Special Issue "Designing and Optimization of Net-Zero Energy Buildings and Communities"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Hamidreza Najafi
Guest Editor
Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL 32901, United States
Interests: energy sustainability; designing and optimization of thermal systems; computational heat transfer
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Buildings are known as one of the world’s largest energy end-user sectors. Moving towards a sustainable future requires the development of a path for transitioning to net zero energy buildings (NZEB). NZEBs are highly energy efficient buildings that can generate their own energy needs. From a building’s architecture, materials and envelope to energy end-users including lighting, HVAC, plug loads, water heating and others must be properly selected, designed and optimized to yield the minimum energy consumption for a given climate zone and type of building. The design and integration of onsite renewable energy generation and storage must also be carefully addressed. Additionally, with the development of emerging concepts such as net-zero energy communities (NZEC), further studies in these areas are underway. A net zero-energy community (ZEC) features a significantly reduced energy need which is being covered by renewable sources. The purpose of this Special Issue is to collect research articles with a focus on the design and optimization of net-zero energy buildings (NZEB) and communities (NZEC). A special (but not exclusive) focus will be put on the following topics:

  • Net zero energy design and optimization for new buildings and retrofit projects
  • Analysis of energy, environmental, economic and social aspects of NZEB and NZEC for different types of buildings and climate zones
  • Grid interactive NZEB and connected communities
  • Modelling and optimization methods for NZEB and NZEC
  • Practical challenges in development of NZEB and NZEC
  • Experience from construction, system integration, operation, maintenance and monitoring of NZEB and NZEC

Dr. Hamidreza Najafi
Guest Editor

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 1900 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.


  • net-zero energy building (NZEB)
  • net-zero energy community (NZEC)
  • design
  • optimization
  • efficiency
  • sustainability

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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