Recent Developments and Future Perspectives in Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning Systems 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: 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 142

Special Issue Editor

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Beijing Key Lab of Heating, Gas Supply, Ventilating and Air Conditioning Engineering, Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Beijing 100044, China
Interests: evaporative cooling; building energy efficiency; district energy supply; gas supply

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) systems are crucial to achieve building energy efficiency and sustainability, human comfort, and welfare. The boom in the application of emerging technologies, such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, digital twins, etc., and the growing emphasis on natural cooling driven by the demand for concentrated and large-scale energy use, as represented by data centers, have resulted in increased amounts of research being conducted in this field. The exploration of cooling and heating source technology, terminal conditioning technology, etc., that promote the operation and maintenance practices of HVAC systems continues to deepen. All these factors have motivated numerous researchers to devote themselves to it.

This Special Issue aims to provide a platform for reporting the latest research progress in HVAC systems and evaluating the application of relevant theories and advanced technologies from a future perspective. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • HVAC system analysis;
  • Simulation and optimization of HVAC systems;
  • Advanced forecasting technologies for heating and cooling load and energy consumption;
  • Indoor thermal comfort and thermal adaptation;
  • IAQ (Indoor Air Quality);
  • Heat pump technology;
  • Dehumidification technology;
  • Data center cooling;
  • Evaporative cooling;
  • BIPVs (Building-Integrated Photovoltaics);
  • Low- or zero-carbon building energy systems;
  • Integrated energy systems for buildings;
  • Practices for energy efficiency of HVAC systems.

Prof. Dr. Peng Xu
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • HVAC system and equipment
  • building energy efficiency
  • simulation and HVAC system optimization
  • thermal comfort and indoor environment quality
  • building energy consumption and load forecasting
  • renewable energy in buildings
  • data center cooling
  • artificial intelligence (AI) applications in HVAC systems

Published Papers

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