Special Issue "Nature-Based Solutions for Carbon Neutral Climate Resilient Buildings and Communities"
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 (20 October 2023) | Viewed by 16449
Interests: climate-resilient buildings; building envelop; urban microclimate; building responses; indoor environment and human comfort; climate change
Interests: urban microclimate; urban green infrastructure; urban heat island; climate resilience; air quality; urban energy systems; weather forecasting; extreme weather; disaster proof
Interests: environment; sustainability; climate change; climate loads; climate modelling; carbon budget; durability; long-term moisture performance; urban heat island; green technologies; materials technology; polymeric materials; building technology; civil engineering; simulation and numerical modelling; technological innovation; technology transfer
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The building sector is responsible for nearly 40% of global direct and indirect CO2 emissions. Buildings account for 28% of global energy-related GHG emissions, and this share is even greater in large cities. Urban heat island (UHI) effects can increase building cooling loads by 19–25% depending on the climate, and where the mean UHI intensity exceeds 10°C, cooling loads may double. Increased temperatures not only increase the cooling energy use and peak electricity need but also affect the populace, from loss of urban environmental quality to increased vulnerability from heat-related mortality and morbidity. Leveraging synergies of nature and the built environment, nature-based urban green infrastructure (UGI) solutions in the form of green roofs, urban forests, and vegetated vertical surfaces implemented on and around buildings can sequester CO2, reduce building energy use and carbon emissions, moderate the microclimate, and so lessen the impact of extreme heat events. While promising an array of cost-effective options for municipal climate action, nature-based solutions provide many public policy co-benefits, such as enhanced urban livability and enhanced environmental conditions.
This Special Issue aims to provide a platform to bring together multidisciplinary researchers focusing on nature-based solution for climate-resilient buildings and communities to share knowledge in advancing our understanding and quantification of UGIs’ contribution to carbon emission reduction, mitigation of UHI effects and summer time overheating, and the health and wellbeing of urban dwellers, therefore facilitating the adoption and effective implementation of nature-based solutions. Original research contributions are encouraged to address topics including but not limited to the following:
- Quantifying the contribution of existing and future nature-based solutions and UGI to sequester carbon, reduce carbon emission from buildings, and moderate the urban microclimate to reduce urban heat island effects;
- Approach in developing nature-based solutions and UGI solutions for carbon-neutral, climate-resilient buildings and communities;
- Nature-based solutions and UGI best practices, guidelines, and policies;
- Advanced modeling tools and web-based design tools to facilitate the design and adoption of nature-based solutions by practitioners and policy makers;
- Urban carbon cycle modeling for carbon sequestration calculation;
- Urban community level modeling of building energy use and carbon emission calculations under future climate scenarios;
- Multiscale urban microclimate modeling under future climate scenarios;
- Human–urban–environmental interactions.
Prof. Dr. Hua Ge
Prof. Dr. Liangzhu (Leon) Wang
Dr. Michael A. Lacasse
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- Urban Green Infrastructure (UGI)
- Nature-based solutions (NbS)
- Climate-resilient buildings and communities
- Carbon sequestration and reduction
- Urban Heat Island (UHI) effects
- Summer overheating
- Climate Change
- Carbon neutral buildings and communities
- Urban carbon cycle modeling
- Urban microclimate
- Urban forestry