Smart Building Materials and Designs for Sustainable Built Environment

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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Architecture and Built Environment, University of Northumbria, Newcastle NE1 8ST, UK
Interests: bioinspiration; heat transfer; energy efficiency; simulations; sustainability; built environment
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Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue aims to promote a debate on the recent advances in and future challenges for smart building materials and designs that aim to achieve a sustainable built environment. We invite international researchers to share their recent achievements in the development of smart building materials and novel (bioinspired and non-bioinspired) designs and their application at the scale of a building or city. Reviews of the current state of the art and proposals for the implementation of advanced materials and technologies in creation of a sustainable built environment are welcome. The primary topics covered within this thematic cover the following aspects:

  • building material development;
  • building material properties;
  • bioinspired materials;
  • bioinspired designs;
  • heat transfer mechanisms;
  • energy estimation and analysis;
  • micro-climatic analysis;
  • urband heat island effect;
  • optimisation;
  • low-carbon buildings;
  • net-zero energy buildings;
  • thermal comfort;
  • computational simulations;
  • experimental measurements.

The above list of topics may not be exhaustive. As such, researchers should feel free to submit contributions on any additional topic that could be relevant to the field of sustainable built envrionment.

Dr. Kishor Zingre
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • building materials
  • heat transfer
  • low carbon
  • thermal comfort
  • built environment

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Research on the Influence of Open Underground Space Entrance Forms on the Microclimate: A Case Study in Xuzhou, China
by Ping Chen, Lufeng Nie, Jinrun Kang and Heng Liu
Buildings 2024, 14(2), 554; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings14020554 - 19 Feb 2024
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With urban development and renewal, underground space is becoming more utilized. The design and use of open underground public space entrances and exits have become more and more frequent. As a pedestrian passage connecting indoors and outdoors, the wind and thermal environment of [...] Read more.
With urban development and renewal, underground space is becoming more utilized. The design and use of open underground public space entrances and exits have become more and more frequent. As a pedestrian passage connecting indoors and outdoors, the wind and thermal environment of open entrances have a great impact on human comfort. This paper investigates the open underground space entrances and exits in Xuzhou. Physical environments such as temperature and wind speed were measured. Through numerical simulation, the influence relationships between the spatial form elements of open entrances and exits and microclimate and thermal comfort were investigated. This study showed that there are four common spatial morphological elements of open entrances and exits. The physiologicafl equivalent temperature (PET) of the outdoor part of the entrance is the highest in summer, and the lowest in winter, and the PET is most affected by the shape of the opening plane and the aspect ratio, which are linearly related. The trends of the spatial morphology elements were not consistent when seeking the optimal situation of PET in summer and winter, respectively. The relationship between the spatial form elements of entrances and PET established in this study provides technical guidance for the design of open entrances, which can help improve environmental quality and enhance human comfort. Full article
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