Advances in Green Building Systems

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 June 2024 | Viewed by 1255

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
School of Engineering & Built Environment, Griffith University, Gold Coast, QLD 4222, Australia
Interests: thermal comfort; occupant satisfaction; energy benchmarking; evidence-based design

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School of Architecture, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 3BX, UK
Interests: life cycle carbon and cost assessment; eco-refurbishment; thermal simulation modelling; post-occupancy evaluation

Guest Editor
The Bioclimatic and Sociotechnical Cities Lab, University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs, QLD 4556, Australia
Interests: sustainability; green infrastructure; trees on buildings; green roofs; energy reduction; thermal comfort; urban climate

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Green buildings make use of designs that optimise air leakage, allow for a free flow of air, use high-performance windows and insulation techniques, and use renewable energy. These techniques are meant to increase energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality in buildings by reducing the dependence on fossil fuels, air conditioning and interior heating. The 2-Degree Scenario proposed by the Paris Agreement requires that building-related CO2 emissions drop by 85% from current levels by 2060, which requires all new buildings to be zero carbon by 2030, and existing buildings to be net zero carbon by 2050. The main aim of this Special Issue is to explore the recent advances and challenges in green buildings and topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Green building assessment and communication;
  • Green building certifications;
  • Costs and benefits;
  • Energy efficiency;
  • Indoor environmental quality and thermal comfort;
  • Measurement of building performance;
  • Construction and maintenance;
  • Innovations in green building systems;
  • Occupant health, satisfaction and productivity;
  • Green buildings and COVID-19 risk mitigations.

Dr. Maryam Khoshbakht
Dr. Haniyeh Mohammadpourkarbasi
Dr. Majed Abuseif
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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.

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  • green buildings
  • green certifications
  • energy efficiency
  • thermal comfort
  • indoor environmental quality
  • green building costs
  • occupant health
  • occupant productivity
  • occupant satisfaction
  • benefits and weaknesses

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On the Performance of Solar Thermophotovoltaics (STPVs) and Wavelength-Selective Thermophotovoltaics (TPVs): Case Study of a High-Rise Residential Building in a Hot and Semi-Arid Climate
by Maryam Safavi and Maryam Khoshbakht
Buildings 2024, 14(1), 269; - 19 Jan 2024
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Utilizing integrated solar systems and renewable energy sources has the potential to not only decrease the CO2 emissions of buildings but also provide access to more affordable energy alternatives compared to fossil fuels, especially considering the recent rise in prices. Nevertheless, many [...] Read more.
Utilizing integrated solar systems and renewable energy sources has the potential to not only decrease the CO2 emissions of buildings but also provide access to more affordable energy alternatives compared to fossil fuels, especially considering the recent rise in prices. Nevertheless, many designers and project decision makers are hesitant to embrace solar technologies due to the uncertainty surrounding the cost–benefit balance. This paper presents a case study of the design process, highlighting the energy-saving and cost–benefit aspects of a solar façade featuring solar thermophotovoltaics (STPVs) and wavelength-selective thermophotovoltaics (TPVs) in a high-rise residential building situated in the semi-arid climate of Tehran, Iran. The simulation methodology consists of EnergyPlus Engines in Rhino, along with the Ladybug and Honeybee plugins throughout the solar façade design process. The solar façade incorporating STPV yielded energy savings of 25 kWh per square meter, marking a 34% reduction compared to a standard façade. In contrast, the TPV demonstrated energy savings of 35 kWh per square meter, indicating a 48% decrease in energy consumption compared to a regular façade. This research indicates that, particularly in semi-arid climatic conditions, TPV systems exhibit a superior performance when integrated into the façades of high-rise structures; yet, due to the low electricity prices in the region, neither STPVs nor TPVs are financially viable. The study contributes to raising awareness, fostering technological innovations, influencing policy discussions, and promoting the adoption of sustainable practices in the field of energy and architecture. Full article
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