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Prof. Dr. Haşim Altan
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Department of Architecture, Faculty of Design, Arkin University of Creative Arts and Design, Girne 9935, Cyprus
Interests: building performance and simulation; indoor environmental quality; passive design; sustainable architecture; architectural engineering; urban regeneration; building information modelling; healthy buildings
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Prof. Dr. Shaila Bantanur
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Department of Architecture, BMS School of Architecture, Bengaluru 560064, India
Interests: traditional housing; socio-economic sustainability; sustainable built environment; habitat design; building performance evaluation; energy efficient building
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Prof. Dr. Carlos Torres Formoso
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Building Innovation Research Unit (NORIE), Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre 90040-060, Brazil
Interests: mass customisation; lean construction; design management; BIM; social housing development; healthcare projects
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Prof. Dr. Antonio Frattari
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Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, University of Trento, 38123 Trento, Italy
Interests: building automation; ecological design; universal design; smart home; vernacular architecture; wooden architecture; life cycle assessment
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Dr. Arman Hashemi
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School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, University of East London, London E16 2RD, UK
Interests: building performance evaluation/simulation; intelligent facdes; indoor air quality; thermal comfort; sustainable housing; modern methods of construction
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Prof. Dr. Jun-Tae Kim
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Department of Architectural Engineering, Kongju National University, Cheonan 31080, Korea
Interests: photovoltaic/thermal (PV/T); building-integrated PV/T (BIPVT); zero energy buildings; vaccuum insulation panel (VIP)
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Dr. Masa Noguchi
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Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne, 757 Swanston Street, Melbourne, VIC 3010, Australia
Interests: ZEMCH Network; zero energy mass customized housing design engineering; environmental experience design analysis; mass personalization; machine learning; value analysis; vertical subdivision plug-in housing system
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Dr. John Odhiambo Onyango
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School of Architecture, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA
Interests: sustainable architecture and urbanism; energy modeling; renewable energy; built environment and health, environmental psychology; embodied energy
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Prof. Dr. Kheira Anissa Tabet Aoul
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Architectural Engineering Department, College of Engineering, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates.
Interests: : High-Performance Buildings, Building Integration Technology, Passive and Active Buildings Energy Systems, Building Integrated Photovoltaic, Energy Efficiency Under Extreme Hot Climate, Green Building Certification, Building Integrated Agriculture, Human Factors in the Built Environment, Environmental Experience Design, and Design for Health and Wellbeing
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Prof. Dr. Sara Jane Wilkinson
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School of Built Environment, Faculty of Desgin Architecture & Building, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2007, Australia
Interests: building sustainability; retrofit; adaptive reuse
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Topical Collection Information

Dear Colleagues,

In response to growing global warming issues and the constant increase in energy prices, housing suppliers today have become more responsible for the delivery of net zero energy and carbon dioxide (CO2) emission homes than ever. The COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns caused mental stress, depressive conditions, and economic issues to many individuals and families. Sustainable housing design today is encountering complex challenges with the requirement to improve not only the physical performance and affordability of the built environments but also humans’ mental health and wellbeing. Housing is indeed a system of energy and environment, and it needs to accommodate societal and individual needs, desires, and expectations for healthy, comfortable, and affordable domestic living environments over the lifespan. To meet the dynamic diverse challenges, the global ZEMCH R&D movement has been launched. ZEMCH is an acronym meaning “Zero Energy Mass Custom Home” that reflects the social, economic, environmental, and human dimensions of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

This MDPI Sustainability Topical Collection Special Issue titled “ZEMCH International Research Series” aims to serve as a global depository of multidisciplinary technical knowledge required for ZEMCH delivery in developed and developing countries. The topics of this collection can be highlighted as follows:

  1. Zero energy housing and community development
  2. Humanitarian community planning for sustainability
  3. Social sustainability in the built environment
  4. Economic sustainability in the built environment
  5. Environmental sustainability in the built environment
  6. Human sustainability in the built environment
  7. Sustainable housing design science and engineering
  8. Sustainable community design science and engineering
  9. Industrialization of sustainable housing
  10. Mass customization in housing
  11. Mass personalization in housing
  12. Renewable energy innovation

Prof. Dr. Haşim Altan
Prof. Dr. Shaila Bantanur
Prof. Dr. Carlos Torres Formoso
Prof. Dr. Antonio Frattari
Dr. Arman Hashemi
Prof. Dr. Jun-Tae Kim
Dr. Masa Noguchi
Dr. John Odhiambo Onyango
Prof. Dr. Kheira Anissa Tabet Aoul
Prof. Dr. Sara Jane Wilkinson
Collection Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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.

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Keywords

  • energy efficiency in buildings
  • environmental sustainability policy and economy
  • building performance evaluation/simulation
  • sustainable urban regeneration
  • prefabrication and IT
  • low/zero energy affordable housing and construction
  • user behaviour and BIM
  • environmental experience design
  • design data analytics
  • renewable energy and technology
  • mass customisation and personalisation
  • sustainable housing development
  • inclusive design for ageing and diversity
  • humanitarian design and engineering

Published Papers (3 papers)

2022

Article
A Simplified Method for BIPV Retrofitting of Emirati Public Housing with Preserved Architectural Identity: A Pilot Study
Sustainability 2022, 14(9), 5227; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14095227 - 26 Apr 2022
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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has tailored its own sustainability initiatives and a local agenda for realizing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. This Agenda includes providing clean sustainable energy and achieving sustainable communities. In accordance with these efforts, this ‘pilot’ study aims [...] Read more.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has tailored its own sustainability initiatives and a local agenda for realizing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. This Agenda includes providing clean sustainable energy and achieving sustainable communities. In accordance with these efforts, this ‘pilot’ study aims at, first, exploring an appropriate, simplified method of integrating photovoltaic (PV) panels in existing single-family public housing in the UAE without compromising the architectural style and identity of the original designs. Second, it aims at assessing the sufficiency of the generated electricity through this proposed Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) system. Finally, it aims at conducting a pilot survey to explore the Emirati residents’ acceptance of the proposed BIPV system. A frequently developed design model of single-family public housing projects in the UAE was selected to undertake the research investigations where the most suitable architectural elements of its envelope were defined for accommodating the integrated PV panels. Afterwards, a complete set of BIPV panel designs tailored to fit with the defined architectural elements of the selected house was prepared. The dimensions and areas of the BIPV panels were defined and digitally constructed through Building Information Modeling (BIM) software. After considering the efficiency and adequacy of the selected type of BIPV panels and figuring out the expected system losses, the PVWatts Calculator was used for simulating the expected electricity output in kilowatt hours (kWh) for the four façades of the selected model house in their four possible different orientations, as well as the overall average electricity output from the whole BIPV system. The results of the yearly electricity output were very close regardless of the orientation of the four façades of the retrofitted model house, with the total average annual output exceeding the estimated yearly average electricity consumption of this model house. This obviously indicates the potential benefit of the proposed BIPV system, especially with the continuous decrease in the capital cost of the PV panels and their increasing efficiency. With the Emirati residents’ clear acceptance of the proposed BIPV system, it might be also considered as an efficient alternative to the currently limited application of rooftop PV solutions in the UAE. Full article
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Guidelines for the Implementation of Mass Customization in Affordable House-Building Projects
Sustainability 2022, 14(7), 4141; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14074141 - 31 Mar 2022
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Mass customization (MC) is a business strategy that stands for the ability to develop high value-added products within short time frames and at relatively low costs. It emerged from the manufacturing industry and has been applied to several industrial sectors, including housing. However, [...] Read more.
Mass customization (MC) is a business strategy that stands for the ability to develop high value-added products within short time frames and at relatively low costs. It emerged from the manufacturing industry and has been applied to several industrial sectors, including housing. However, the segment of affordable housing programs in developing countries has been criticized for having a high degree of product standardization, and failure to meet customers’ specific needs. The aim of this paper is to propose guidelines for implementing mass customization in affordable house-building projects. It is based on a design science research study carried out in a small-sized company, which explored the possibility of adopting mass customization ideas to offer some flexibility for customers while maintaining low costs. The main contributions of this research study are concerned with expanding the current understanding of the components that enable MC to be implemented in the context of house-building companies that adopt traditional construction technologies. From a practical perspective, this investigation outlines several practices that can be introduced for the implementation of MC strategies at a relatively low cost by small-sized house-building companies. Full article
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An Analysis of the Development of Modular Building Design Elements to Improve Thermal Performance of a Representative High Rise Residential Estate in the Coastline City of Famagusta, Cyprus
Sustainability 2022, 14(7), 4065; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14074065 - 29 Mar 2022
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Abstract
Passive design strategies can reduce heating and cooling demands with integration of more efficient building systems as well as the potential to integrate modular off-site construction technology and its technical systems to offset overall energy consumption. This study evaluates the energy performance of [...] Read more.
Passive design strategies can reduce heating and cooling demands with integration of more efficient building systems as well as the potential to integrate modular off-site construction technology and its technical systems to offset overall energy consumption. This study evaluates the energy performance of the nationally representative post-war social housing estate in the southeastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus where the weather is subtropical (Csa) and partly semi-arid (Bsh). This study employed a mixed methods research design approach which was based on a thorough field study that consisted of a questionnaire survey conducted with residents of the social housing estate in the hottest summer month of August, to explore the occupants’ thermal sensation votes (TSVs), their habitual adaptive behaviour, and home energy performance concurrently. On-site environmental monitoring was performed, and in-situ measurements of each occupied space were recorded to identify ‘neutral’ adaptive thermal comfort. The selected representative high-rise residential development was modelled using Integrated Environmental Solutions’ Virtual Environment (IES-VE) software, where extensive dynamic thermal simulations have been produced to assess existing energy performance and energy effectiveness of retrofitting strategies. The results demonstrated that a moderate–strong relationship was found between orientation and reasons for thermal discomfort (χ2 = 49,327, p < 0.001, Cramer’s V = 0.405). Individual levels of thermal comfort were not limited to household socio-demographic characteristics, however; environmental factors were also determinants in the development of adaptive thermal-comfort theory. Furthermore, the occupants’ TSVs indicated that in a southeastern Mediterranean climate, 28.5 °C is considered a neutral temperature, and the upper limit of the indoor-air thermal-comfort range is 31.5 °C. Full article
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