Special Issue "Healthy, Digital and Sustainable Buildings and Cities"
A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309). This special issue belongs to the section "Building Energy, Physics, Environment, and Systems".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 January 2024 | Viewed by 10757
Interests: sustainability; LCA; energy efficiency; IAQ; thermal comfort; digitalization
Interests: indoor environment; IAQ; heating and air-conditioning systems; human responses to the indoor environment; the impact of indoor environment on work productivity, activity and well-being
The construction sector, one of the largest industries in the world, is nowadays integrating concepts of Industry 4.0, a practice known as Construction 4.0. Construction 4.0 is based on the digitalisation of industry and the industrialisation of processes. Technologies used for this purpose include: Building Information Modelling (BIM), Digital Twin (DT), Internet of Things (IoT), simulation and modelling, autonomous and industrial robotics, augmented and virtual reality, additive/advanced manufacturing, big data and other innovative technologies.
These new technologies must also fulfil sustainability measures with respect to environmental, economic and social factors. Economic factors may be analysed from a circular economy point of view. Life Cycle Assessment, a comprehensive tool used to evaluate different products, buildings and systems throughout their life cycle, can be used to fulfil environmental requirements. Social aspects could be analysed in different ways, such as in ensuring a sustainable and safe environment. People spend most of their time indoors (>80%); thus, indoor air quality is a critical health determinant. Ensuring good environmental and thermal comfort conditions for people staying indoors is essential. However, this presents a challenge to establishing energy efficiency in buildings.
Topics of interest include current research in the following areas:
- Sustainable buildings and cities;
- Digitalisation of the construction sector;
- Life Cycle Assessment of buildings materials, systems and buildings;
- Indoor air quality and thermal comfort;
- Energy efficiency in sustainable buildings.
Prof. Dr. Lina Šeduikytė
Dr. Jakub Kolarik
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- energy efficiency
- indoor air quality
- thermal comfort
- building information modelling
- digital twins
- life cycle assessment
- green buildings
- sustainable cities
- industry 4.0
- construction 4.0
- circular economy