Special Issue "Fire and Energy Performance of 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: 20 December 2023 | Viewed by 365

Special Issue Editors

Department of Mechanical and Construction Engineering, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST, UK
Interests: steel structures; thin-walled structures; optimisation of steel sections; innovative steel products and systems; fire safety of buildings; aluminium structures; lightweight concrete; enhanced plasterboard; modular building systems; advanced numerical modelling; fibre composites for retrofitting and rehabilitation of structures
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Department of Engineering and Technology, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield HD1 3DH, UK
Interests: retrofitting buildings; sustainable construction materials; new advanced materials for upgrading of existing masonry and wood historic constructions; structural analysis and retrofitting of historic constructions; mechanics of structures and experimental analysis of existing structures
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Faculty of Engineering & Environment, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST, UK
Interests: energy; retrofitting buildings; sustainable construction materials; computational structural mechanics; composite materials; water and wastewater treatment and slope stabilization
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School of Computing, Engineering & Digital Technologies, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, UK
Interests: optimisation of structural members steel structures (cold-formed and hot-rolled) thin-walled structures (cold-formed carbon steel, stainless steel, and aluminium); fire and thermal performance of buildings; energy performance of buildings; behaviour of composite structures
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The energy efficiency and fire safety of buildings are becoming increasingly challenging in the construction industry around the world due to the adoption of new construction materials and the continuous evolution of governments’ regulations and targets. Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) techniques and new emerging building practices can be susceptible to catastrophic failure due to fire accidents and can be less energy efficient due to the high thermal conductance of the materials utilized.

Further, due to the varying thermal conductivity of new construction materials adopted in MMC (such as new optimized steel and/or concrete and timber hybrid elements and configurations), the structural components of the buildings must be studied, well-engineered, and covered against unintended thermal bridges. Additionally, on the other hand, the strength decay/detrimental behaviour of new materials used in structural components at high temperatures should be studied to mitigate the risk of fatal accidents in the event of fire accidents.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to share advanced knowledge, technologies, and methods to identify and study the fire and energy performance of buildings. Additionally, this Special Issue seeks to identify other areas in which additional research can be conducted to achieve the desired thermal efficiency of buildings while ensuring fire safety. Original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Fire resistance and performance of building elements;
  • Structural fire resistance testing and modelling;
  • Structural damage and collapse from exposure to fire;
  • Building energy performance and modelling;
  • Principles of structural fire-resistance design;
  • Thermal and fire insulation materials;
  • Building performance at elevated temperatures;
  • Heat transfer modelling and strength decay analysis.

Dr. Keerthan Poologanathan
Dr. Marco Corradi
Dr. Muhammad Rahman
Dr. Gatheeshgar Perampalam
Guest Editors

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 submissions that pass pre-check are 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. Buildings is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly 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 2600 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.


  • energy performance
  • fire performance
  • net-zero buildings
  • fire safety of buildings
  • building performance
  • sustainable construction

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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