Special Issue "Sustainable by Design: Towards a New Paradigm for the Built Environment"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2020).
Interests: architectural design; energy-efficient design; lighting design; sustainable design; architectural visualization; building simulation
It is with great pleasure that we invite you to submit your most recent research or projects related to new issues on sustainable design for the built environment for this exciting new Special Issue.
In recent decades, the term sustainable design, in the built environment sector, has been associated mainly with the reduction of energy consumption. New trends, however, address a more human-centric approach, where sustainability is considered as the sum of not only energy-efficient design, but also the design of well-being and healthy spaces, resilient structures and methods, adaptability to climate change, minimal resource usage, as well as social, cultural, and economic issues embedded in building and urban design, such as circular economy and sustainable office culture that altogether form a new holistic paradigm for sustainability.
This Special Issue focuses on these aspects that promote integrated approaches on sustainable design in the built environment by showcasing original research, comprehensive literature reviews, tools, solutions, best practices, models, projects, and case studies on sustainable design for buildings and cities. It is the scope of this Special Issue to start an international discussion on what lies on the road ahead concerning sustainable design and discover new trends that could formulate a new paradigm for designing the built environment.
Topics to be addressed in the Special Issue include but are not limited to:
- Architectural design for wellbeing and healthy spaces;
- Circular economy trends in the built environment;
- Climate change concerns for the built environment;
- Design for cultural sustainability;
- Design of early warning systems and human protection;
- Design for social inclusiveness and accessibility;
- Energy-efficient design for buildings;
- Lighting design for wellbeing and energy efficiency;
- Policies for sustainable design;
- Resilient design of buildings and cities;
- Water efficiency design and usage;
- Waste reduction and recycling in the built environment.
Prof. Stelios Zerefos
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.
- Architectural design
- Building rating systems
- Building simulation
- Circular economy
- Climate change, adaptation, and mitigation
- Construction methods
- Design methods
- Energy-efficient design
- Environmental simulation
- Healthy buildings
- Inclusive design
- Lighting design
- Resilient design
- Safety and security
- Social sustainability
- Sustainable design
- Sustainable design policies
- Waste and water management
- Zero and near zero energy buildings