Special Issue "Sustainable Urban Surfaces"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 June 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Daniel Jato-Espino
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Department of Transportation and Projects and Processes Technology, Universidad de Cantabria, 39005 Santander, Spain
Interests: Water management; Multi-criteria decision-making; Stormwater modelling; Flood risk assessment; GIS; Environmental analysis; Urban drainage; Statistical testing; Sustainability indicators; Slope stability; Air quality; UHI effect
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Dr. Luis A. Sañudo-Fontaneda
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INDUROT Research Institute, GICONSIME Research Group, Department of Construction and Manufacturing Engineering, Polytechnic School of Mieres, University of Oviedo, Calle Gonzalo Gutierrez Quiros s/n, 33600 Mieres, Spain
Interests: sustainability; water management; stormwater engineering; teaching innovation; green infrastructure; sustainable drainage systems; civil engineering; biological and environmental engineering; sustainable construction; water analysis; environmental impact assessment
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Urban surfaces reflect the economic, environmental, and social idiosyncrasy of cities, playing a crucial role in the sustainable development of modern civilizations. Pavements and roofs cover about 30%–45% and 20%–25% of these urban surfaces, respectively. Therefore, their management provides an opportunity to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), since they can play a crucial role in ensuring the sustainability of urban areas against two of the greatest challenges in the coming years: urbanization and climate change.

The suitable management of pavements and roofs and other urban surfaces through the so-called urban ecosystem services (UES) is a branch of investigation that needs to be studied more in depth, since it can contribute to palliating these threats and providing multiple benefits in terms of sustainability according to the four categories into which they are divided: provisioning services (food, water, medicinal plants, and other resources), regulating services (focused on ensuring air and soil quality, preventing floods, and controlling diseases), habitat supporting services (safeguard of biodiversity), and cultural services (psychological and cognitive benefits such as recreation and aesthetics).

This Special Issue aims to produce knowledge about how urban surfaces, especially in the form of permeable pavements and green roofs for being the most complete and multifaceted types of urban landscape systems, can provide diverse UES and thus increase the sustainability of cities. Contributions concerning other nature-based Solutions (NBS) such as bioretention areas, filter drains, infiltration trenches or vegetated swales are also welcome. Therefore, investigations related to the multiple roles that can be played by these systems, including but not limited to stormwater management, materials and design, carbon capture, urban planning and regeneration, thermoregulation, biodiversity and agricultural productivity, thermal and acoustic control, aesthetics and recreation, and life cycle assessment or structural properties, are within the scope of this Special Issue.

Dr. Daniel Jato-Espino
Dr. Luis Angel Sañudo-Fontaneda
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • biodiversity
  • bioretention areas
  • climate change
  • ecosystem services
  • evapotranspiration
  • flood management
  • filter drains
  • green infrastructure
  • green roofs
  • infiltration trenches
  • life cycle assessment
  • low impact development
  • nature-based solutions
  • permeable pavements
  • recreational spaces
  • stakeholder perception
  • stormwater quality
  • structural and mechanical properties
  • sustainable materials
  • urban agriculture
  • urban heat island effect
  • urban planning and regeneration
  • vegetated swales

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Impact of Green Roofs on Energy Demand for Cooling in Egyptian Buildings
Sustainability 2020, 12(14), 5729; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12145729 - 16 Jul 2020
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Energy consumption for cooling purposes has increased significantly in recent years, mainly due to population growth, urbanization, and climate change consequences. The situation can be mitigated by passive climate solutions to reduce energy consumption in buildings. This study investigated the effectiveness of the [...] Read more.
Energy consumption for cooling purposes has increased significantly in recent years, mainly due to population growth, urbanization, and climate change consequences. The situation can be mitigated by passive climate solutions to reduce energy consumption in buildings. This study investigated the effectiveness of the green roof concept in reducing energy demand for cooling in different climatic regions. The impact of several types of green roofing of varying thermal conductivity and soil depth on energy consumption for cooling school buildings in Egypt was examined. In a co-simulation approach, the efficiency of the proposed green roof types was evaluated using the Design-Builder software, and a cost analysis was performed for the best options. The results showed that the proposed green roof types saved between 31.61 and 39.74% of energy, on average. A green roof featuring a roof soil depth of 0.1 m and 0.9 W/m-K thermal conductivity exhibited higher efficiency in reducing energy than the other options tested. The decrease in air temperature due to green roofs in hot arid areas, which exceeded an average of 4 °C, was greater than that in other regions that were not as hot. In conclusion, green roofs were shown to be efficient in reducing energy consumption as compared with traditional roofs, especially in hot arid climates. Full article
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Selection of Additives and Fibers for Improving the Mechanical and Safety Properties of Porous Concrete Pavements through Multi-Criteria Decision-Making Analysis
Sustainability 2020, 12(6), 2392; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12062392 - 19 Mar 2020
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Despite the number of environmental advantages that porous concrete (PC) pavements can provide, they are mainly used in light-traffic roads, parking lots and sidewalks due to their low mechanical strength. This research focuses on the common additives employed in PC pavements, according to [...] Read more.
Despite the number of environmental advantages that porous concrete (PC) pavements can provide, they are mainly used in light-traffic roads, parking lots and sidewalks due to their low mechanical strength. This research focuses on the common additives employed in PC pavements, according to a literature review, with the aim of increasing their mechanical strength while maintaining an acceptable infiltration capacity. The results demonstrated that the combination of superplasticizers and air-entraining additives can provide indirect tensile strength values over 2.50 MPa, with an infiltration capacity over 0.40 cm/s. In addition, polypropylene fibers were seen to provide very good safety properties, preserving some structural integrity in the case of failure. All mixtures studied obtained outstanding skid resistance results under both dry and wet conditions. Full article
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