Sustainable Living and Low-Carbon Lifestyles and Their Impacts on Building Design

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 July 2024 | Viewed by 347

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Centre for Urban Design, Architecture and Sustainability, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield HD1 3DH, UK
Interests: smart and sustainable design for climate change; sustainability of rural development in China; comfort and energy use in buildings; energy efficient design and use of renewable energy in buildings/built environment; integrated planning and design strategies to promote and encourage sustainability
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Centre for Urban Design, Architecture and Sustainability, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield HD1 3DH, UK
Interests: vernacular architecture development in South China; work based learning in practice; cross-culture design and education; planning and design strategies
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In order to address global issues of climate change and resource depletion there is a need not only to develop new building technologies and techniques but also to adopt associated principles of ‘sustainable living’. This requires urgent and coordinated research among stakeholders and communities to support better understanding of how to achieve fulfilling human lifestyles that are also resource-efficient. The development and preservation of built and natural environments, optimisation of resource use, adoption of new technologies and consider socio-cultural needs of stakeholders can have positive impacts on developing such lifestyles and modes of living. Traditional knowledge about the built environment that was developed over generations by indigenous communities can also provide information that support the low-carbon living.

This Special Issue therefore calls for a range of papers that include but are not limited to main themes as follows:

  • Developing a built environment that is comfortable, sustainable and affordable for users that ensures health and wellbeing but allowing for and promoting changed ways of living/inhabiting;
  • A focus on advanced sustainable buildings such as PassivHaus design and construction, and appropriate energy efficient services that may be unfamiliar to users;
  • Incorporation of traditional knowledge and vernacular approaches into construction of the built environment that can support low-carbon living in contemporary times.

This Special Issue aims to bring together a community of researchers and practitioners whose research projects reflect the interdisciplinary dimension of sustainability. We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Dr. Adrian Pitts
Dr. Yun Gao
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • sustainable living
  • comfort
  • health
  • wellbeing
  • passive house
  • sustainable materials
  • traditional knowledge

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