Data Analysis and Energy Modeling in Smart and Zero-Energy Buildings and Communities

A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309). This special issue belongs to the section "Building Energy, Physics, Environment, and Systems".

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Interests: building physics; energy efficiency; indoor monitoring; occupant behavior; energy modeling; renewable energy
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Dear Colleagues,

Considering the increased smartness of buildings and the rapid development of monitoring technologies, the mitigation of climate change through renewable energy integration and efficient energy management is expected. The usage of the IoT, sensors, data analysis, and energy modeling can be substantial to achieve the goal of Zero-Energy Buildings and Communities.

It is important to underline that, despite being equipped with high-energy-efficiency solutions, a building cannot perform as predicted, demonstrating a significant energy performance gap. Monitoring, data collection and analysis, and modelling are relevant instruments to identify impactful variables and simulate complex energy behavior. Moreover, many sociological and engineering challenges caused by temporal and spatial changes on demand-side and supply-side remain.

Papers submitted for consideration for publication in this Special Issue should advance and disseminate information related to sensing technologies and energy modeling approaches integrated with smart buildings in order to help achieve very high performance.

Acceptable topics include original reviews, advanced research, or explorations of new concepts pertinent to monitoring, data analysis, and energy modeling of smart buildings and cities. Cutting-edge energy data collection and modeling in realizing a zero-energy balance and carbon neutrality for buildings are highly encouraged to contribute to the sustainable development of the building sector.

Dr. Marilena De Simone
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Keywords

  • smart building
  • smart community
  • zero energy
  • IoT data
  • sensing
  • monitoring
  • energy modeling
  • big data
  • data analysis
  • data-driven approach

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Synergy in Action: Integrating Environmental Monitoring, Energy Efficiency, and IoT for Safer Shared Buildings
by Alessandro Franco, Emanuele Crisostomi, Stefano Dalmiani and Roberta Poletti
Buildings 2024, 14(4), 1077; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings14041077 - 12 Apr 2024
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Shared public buildings have become centers of innovation, integrating advanced technologies to meet evolving societal needs. With a heightened emphasis on occupants’ health and well-being, these buildings serve as hubs for technological convergence, facilitating seamless connectivity and intelligent data analysis and management. Within [...] Read more.
Shared public buildings have become centers of innovation, integrating advanced technologies to meet evolving societal needs. With a heightened emphasis on occupants’ health and well-being, these buildings serve as hubs for technological convergence, facilitating seamless connectivity and intelligent data analysis and management. Within this context, environmental monitoring emerges as a foundational element, pivotal to all aspects of building management. This article provides findings from the nationally funded RE-START project, which focuses on shared public buildings, with special regard to educational and medical facilities. The project explores enhanced indoor air quality monitoring, focusing on CO2 concentration that is directly correlated with occupancy, as a fundamental element for developing health and safety protocols, energy efficiency strategies, the integration of smart building technologies, and data-driven energy management. The intersection of environmental monitoring, energy efficiency, security, and IoT technologies in in indoor spaces is relevant. The outcomes of the study reveal the delicate nature of all the involved components, which need to be carefully developed in an integrated manner. Full article
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Scientometric Analysis and Visualization of Carbon Emission Studies in the Construction Industry
by Qiming Luo, Depo Yang, Lepeng Huang, Lin Chen, Diyuan Luo, Kang Cheng and Fan Yang
Buildings 2024, 14(4), 1181; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings14041181 - 22 Apr 2024
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The field of carbon emissions in the construction industry has drawn extensive attention from researchers and practitioners due to the issue of global warming. In this study, an in-depth analysis of the research status, trends, and frontiers in the field of carbon emissions [...] Read more.
The field of carbon emissions in the construction industry has drawn extensive attention from researchers and practitioners due to the issue of global warming. In this study, an in-depth analysis of the research status, trends, and frontiers in the field of carbon emissions in the construction industry was carried out. The CiteSpace tool was used to visualize and analyze relevant papers from 1985 to 2023, to describe the overall knowledge structure in the field of carbon emissions in the construction industry using dual-map overlay analysis, journal co-citation network analysis, and keyword co-occurrence network analysis, to apply cluster analysis and burst detection to identify research trends in the field and the frontiers, and to analyze the scientific collaborations in the field. Further, the core issues in the field of carbon emissions in the construction industry were explored and relevant recommendations were proposed. The results are of great significance in identifying and analyzing knowledge systems and research patterns in the field of carbon emissions in the construction industry and help us to discover and understand the current deficiencies, trends, and frontiers in this field, thus providing useful suggestions and reflections for policymakers, practitioners, researchers, and other stakeholders. Full article
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