Advances in Low-Carbon Buildings

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: 10 June 2024 | Viewed by 910

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College of Transportation Engineering, Nanjing University of Technology, Nanjing 211816, China
Interests: resource utilization of solid wastes in engineering practices; new green carbon-negative alkali-activated gel materials; CO2 capture and adsorption in construction materials; CO2 curing technology

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College of Mechanics and Materials, Hohai University, Nanjing 210024, China
Interests: low-carbon cementitious materials; solid-waste recycling; photocatalytic cement-based materials
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1, Canada
Interests: sustainable materials for geotechnical engineering; carbon storage; low-carbon foundations; seismic analysis of structures in carbon-free engineering

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Excessive carbon emissions lead to global warming and extreme weather, threatening the safety of human beings. Meanwhile, the energy supply chain crisis is constantly challenging the lifeline of global economic sustainable development, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic. To this end, many countries, cities, and large international enterprises have made carbon neutrality commitments and taken action to fulfill the requirements of the Paris Climate Agreement and promote the transformation of their energy-consumption structure. The construction industry is an important creator of carbon emissions. Both the production of engineering materials and the consumption of fossil fuels can release massive amounts of carbon dioxide. It is essential to promote the green transformation of the traditional building materials industry, deepen and accelerate energy conservation and emission reduction, and help achieve carbon neutrality in the future. Green building and green construction are not only an environmental problem but also an opportunity for the construction industry. New challenges are present in the application and evaluation of carbon capture and storage in civil engineering, i.e., CO2 capture and adsorption in construction materials, CO2 curing technology, carbonation treatment, the analysis of carbon sink, and carbon capture and storage in civil construction. Innovative theories, insights, and data on low-carbon or carbon-negative theoretical and technological applications are thus highly anticipated by the whole world.

In light of these considerations, this Special Issue intends to provide researchers worldwide with a forum to share their research outcomes and report recent advancements in Advances in Low-Carbon Buildings. We hope this Special Issue will provide a timely overview of the recent case histories, theoretical advances, laboratory and field testing, and design methods. Original contributions containing fundamental and applied research, case studies, or the state of the art are encouraged for submission.

Dr. Shengnian Wang
Dr. Mingzhi Guo
Dr. Yue Li
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  • new green engineering materials
  • carbon capture and storage
  • CO2 curing technology
  • carbonation treatment
  • analysis of carbon sink

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Stabilization of Fluidic Silty Sands with Cement and Steel Slag
by Leilei Gu, Xianjun Deng, Mei Zhang, Shengnian Wang, Bin Li and Jiufa Ji
Buildings 2023, 13(11), 2705; - 26 Oct 2023
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Fluidic silty sand is often difficult to use directly in engineering construction because of its low strength and plasticity index. This study employed steel slag to replace part of the cement in silty sand stabilization to broaden the feasibility of resource recycling and [...] Read more.
Fluidic silty sand is often difficult to use directly in engineering construction because of its low strength and plasticity index. This study employed steel slag to replace part of the cement in silty sand stabilization to broaden the feasibility of resource recycling and to reduce the construction cost and carbon emissions in engineering practices. A series of indoor tests investigated the influences of the cement/steel slag ratio, initial water content, curing age, and temperature on the compressive strength of cement- and steel slag-stabilized fluidic silty sands (CSFSSs). Their stabilization mechanism was discussed via microstructural observation and spectral analysis. The results showed that the most economical cement/steel slag ratio could be 9:6, saving 40% of cement and not changing with the initial water content. The compressive strength of the CSFSSs decreased with the initial water content and increased rapidly and then slowly over the curing age. The curing temperature had a positive impact on their strength growth. The microstructure characteristics and spectral analysis showed that adding steel slag indeed affected the formation of gels in the cement-stabilized fluidic silty sands. This study could reference the application of CSFSSs in engineering practices. Full article
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