Special Issue "Sustainable Design for Zero Carbon Buildings"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Engineering and Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Ljubomir Jankovic
Guest Editor
Zero Carbon Lab at the School of Creative Arts, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, AL10 9AB, UK
Interests: zero carbon design and retrofit of buildings; multi-objective optimisation; building simulation; reverse modelling; machine learning of building physics properties; predictive control of building heating and cooling; nature-inspired design; operational and embodied emissions; reduction of the simulation performance gap; alternative economics for sustainability paradigm
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has established that global warming is likely to reach 1.5 oC or higher, above the pre-industrial levels, between years 2030 and 2052, due to greenhouse gas emissions. Impacts of such global temperature rise will be the increase in land and ocean temperatures, hot extremes, excessive rainfall and excessive droughts, and many other large scale events that can threaten our wellbeing and the sustainability of our planet. As nearly 30% of global emissions come from buildings, making zero emissions buildings is of paramount importance. Due to the building lifetime extending over several decades and the need to get emissions under control before year 2050, construction of any other buildings than zero carbon buildings would be seen as irresponsible.

This Special Issue is about consolidating state-of-the-art findings and plotting a trajectory for the future of sustainable design for zero carbon buildings. It is about stimulating a transition from the exception of a few zero carbon projects to a new norm of zero carbon design and retrofit of all buildings. Original manuscripts are invited under the following topics:

  1. New and retrofit zero carbon buildings
  2. Zero carbon villages and communities
  3. Nature-inspired zero carbon designs
  4. Off-grid developments
  5. Design methods and design tools
  6. Machine learning for zero carbon design and control
  7. New materials, construction methods and embodied energy
  8. Design for zero carbon lifecycle
  9. Advances in renewable energy systems and storage
  10. Zero carbon projects and climate change
  11. Post occupancy evaluation of zero carbon projects
  12. New business and economic models
  13. Challenges for legislation and policy
  14. Social aspects and culture change
  15. Case studies and future projects

Researchers, designers, developers and policy makers have significant opportunities and responsibilities to make a difference for our planet and our wellbeing, and we invite you to take part in helping materialise these opportunities and responsibilities.

Prof. Dr. Ljubomir Jankovic
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.


  • Zero carbon building design and retrofit
  • Design methods and tools for zero carbon
  • Renewable energy
  • Off-grid developments
  • Climate change
  • Nature-inspired designs
  • Sustainable materials
  • Embodied and operational emissions
  • Sustainable economics for zero carbon
  • One planet living

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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