Special Issue "Impact of COVID-19 Pandemics on Buildings’ Energy Consumptions and Indoor Environmental Quality: Current Issues and Future Needs"
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: closed (15 August 2022) | Viewed by 9978
Interests: heat transfer; renewable energy; energy efficiency; indoor comfort; building energy simulation
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Interests: thermal comfort; indoor environmental quality; thermal stress; indoor air quality; environmental analysis; sustainable architecture; built environment
Today, the need for ensuring healthy indoor conditions is becoming increasingly relevant, as people spend most of their time indoors and, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, this necessity became even more evident. The increased demand for ventilation to reduce the infection risk led to increased use of HVAC systems to maintain adequate indoor conditions, which has consequences for energy consumption.
There is a necessity to analyse the problems related to Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ), reduction of the infection risk, and energy consumption, all of which will be crucial in the post-pandemic period. Potential research issues are focused on, but are not limited to, the following:
- Integration between IEQ and energy-related issues;
- Impact of enhanced IEQ on energy consumptions;
- Use of HVAC systems to decrease the infection risk and improve IEQ;
- Effect of people’s behaviour on IEQ and energy consumptions;
- Role of ventilation on reducing the infection risk and improve indoor conditions;
- Strategies to minimize airborne transmission of diseases;
- Designing safe and healthy buildings.
Prof. Fabio Fantozzi
Ms. Giulia Lamberti
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- energy consumptions
- HVAC systems
- indoor environmental quality
- airborne transmission