Energy Consumption and Environmental Comfort in 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: 30 September 2024 | Viewed by 981

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Interests: solar; thermal comfort; mechanical engineering; environmental engineering; energy plus; energy; solar radiation; energy efficiency in building; energy saving

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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Building energy efficiency, low environmental impact, and individual well-being and health (One Health) will pose significant challenges for the construction industry, engineers, and architects in the upcoming years.

The objective of this Special Issue is to compile strategies, methods, tools, and case studies that adopt a challenging, multidisciplinary, and cross-domain approach to achieve these goals. The specific areas of focus within this Special Issue include:

  • Behavioral design and the interaction between people and the environment;
  • Balancing energy efficiency and occupancy assessment;
  • Harmonizing views, comfort, and energy efficiency;
  • Digital twins, measurement, and real-time monitoring;
  • Lean retrofit strategies and design for circularity.

Finally, we will showcase cutting-edge solutions that leverage advanced technologies and materials to address the challenges of energy efficiency and comfort in building envelopes.

Our goal is to disseminate the latest research and best practices related to these topics, contributing to the development of new paradigms for achieving realistic and effective energy efficiency in buildings that are accessible to all. In this vision, people actively participate by adopting virtuous behaviors to reduce consumption, and the environment serves as an enabling platform for ensuring and promoting health.

Prof. Dr. Tiziana Poli
Dr. Andrea Giovanni Mainini
Dr. Alberto Speroni
Dr. Juan Diego Blanco Cadena
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Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • low carbon architecture
  • occupant well-being
  • digital twins
  • circular retrofit strategy
  • multi-domain approach

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Increasing the Utilization of Solar Energy through the Performance Evaluation of Air-Based Photovoltaic Thermal Systems
by Youngjin Choi
Buildings 2024, 14(5), 1219; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings14051219 - 25 Apr 2024
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Photovoltaic thermal (PVT) systems are attracting a significant amount of attention in research because they can generate electricity outside of daytime hours, unlike photovoltaic (PV) systems, and can increase efficiency and collect additional energy by reducing the temperature of PVT panels. However, a [...] Read more.
Photovoltaic thermal (PVT) systems are attracting a significant amount of attention in research because they can generate electricity outside of daytime hours, unlike photovoltaic (PV) systems, and can increase efficiency and collect additional energy by reducing the temperature of PVT panels. However, a somewhat lower amount of collected energy is used in the summer than in the winter, and research on this issue is lacking. In this study, first, we experimentally evaluated the performance of PV and PVT systems by season and verified the improvement in the performance of the PVT system. Second, experiments were conducted to verify the enthalpy reduction via mist cooling and dehumidification, and the temperature and humidity control effect via mist cooling and dehumidification was verified. Based on our research findings, we propose a model that can be integrated with indoor ventilation systems to increase the solar energy utilization of PVT systems. Using the PVT system, we improved the panel power generation efficiency by up to 5.89% and generated up to a 38.0% higher collection efficiency than that of the PV system. The air that passed through the PVT system was then subjected to mist cooling and dehumidification to reduce its temperature and increase its humidity, resulting in a 23.2% reduction in enthalpy. Full article
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