Special Issue "Sustainable Building Retrofit and Energy Optimization"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.
Interests: thermodynamics; modeling of energy systems; energy optimization; energy efficiency; building performance simulation; building optimization; energy retrofit; sustainable design; cost-optimal analysis; energy policies
Interests: modeling of energy systems; energy optimization; energy efficiency; building performance simulation; building performance optimization; energy retrofit; sustainable design; cost-optimal analysis; HVAC systems; renewable energy source systems
You are already well aware that building energy optimization and sustainable development are on the same track. The building sector highly affects the critical issues of our generation, such as climate change, energy poverty, and the economic crisis. In most countries around the world, it is responsible for around 30–40% of energy consumption, with a similar share linked to greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, the optimization of building energy design and retrofit is a “must” to promote sustainability. Indeed, such an achievement would yield substantial reductions of energy consumption, running costs, polluting emissions, other than improved indoor environmental quality. In this regard, a great deal of attention should be addressed to the energy retrofit of existing buildings, the turnover rate of the existing stock being very low (around 1%) in most countries, especially in developed ones. Finally, the words “sustainable”, “building”, “retrofit”, “energy”, and “optimization” (forming the SI title) provide concepts that need to be coupled to achieve a better life for us and our children.
In this frame, this Special Issue aims to propose a collection of worthy studies that combine the aforementioned concepts dealing with:
- methodologies and/or case studies concerning sustainable building retrofit;
- methodologies and/or case studies concerning the optimization of building energy retrofit;
- methodologies and/or case studies concerning the energy retrofit of entire building stocks;
- methodologies and/or case studies concerning the analysis and optimization of energy policies that drive building retrofit;
- numerical/experimental studies addressing the investigation of innovative envelope components or energy systems for building retrofit.
Original papers related to the above topics and also dealing generally with methodologies, numerical and experimental investigations, case-studies addressing building retrofit are welcome.
Thank you for your contributions.
Prof. Gerardo Maria Mauro
Prof. Mohamed Hamdy
Manuscript Submission Information
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- building retrofit
- energy refurbishment
- energy optimization
- energy efficiency
- building energy performance
- building performance simulation
- building performance optimization
- building envelope
- energy systems
- optimization methodologies