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Special Issue "Solutions for the Emerging Low-Energy Building Industry, Environmental Quality and Sustainable Waste Management"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "A: Sustainable Energy".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2023 | Viewed by 730

Special Issue Editors

Faculty of Building Services Engineering / Department Building Services Engineering / Technical University of Cluj – Napoca, 28 Memorandumului Street, 400114 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Interests: environmental engineering; sustainable development; sustainable buildings; materials for building engineering services; materials for sustainable buildings; materials science and engineering; novel materials with special properties; advanced materials; environmental quality; indoor air quality (IAQ); outdoor air quality (OAQ); quality of industrial microclimate; industrial wastes; waste recycling; circular economy; applied chemistry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, increasingly more legislators have pushed the energy efficiency of buildings to lower, reduced limits. In this context, analyses of the design, implementation and cost of novel solutions are existing related affairs. This Special Issue is open to papers reporting on novel solutions to problems surrounding building sustainability, as well as case studies concerning the increase in the energy efficiency of existing buildings through the use of insulation materials. Since the cost/efficiency ratio is always a driving force in a healthy economy, economic studies are also welcomed.

With growing concerns encompassing sustainable development and environmental protection, sustainable building concepts have, in recent days, been widely promoted and implemented. Renewable energy systems, including those for energy harvesting, conversion and storage, are one of the most important design factors in sustainable buildings.

Using renewable energy and sustainable materials for the creation of sustainable buildings could lead to:

  • The elimination/minimization of negative impacts on the environment;
  • The elimination of environmental issues (such as climate change);
  • Improvements in quality of life.

This Special Issue aims to present a collection of original research papers and review articles describing solutions for the emerging low-energy building industry, improving environmental quality and sustainable waste management. Topics of particular interest for this Special Issue include, but are not limited to:

  • Sustainable buildings;
  • Green energy;
  • Renewable energy in buildings;
  • Materials for sustainable buildings;
  • Sustainability;
  • Sustainable development;
  • Environmental protection;
  • Sustainable utilization of wastes;
  • Indoor air quality;
  • Waste recycling;
  • Air, soil and water pollution and methods for limiting pollution.

Prof. Dr. Dana-Adriana ILUŢIU-VARVARA
Prof. Dr. Lorentz Jäntschi
Guest Editors

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  • sustainable buildings
  • green energy
  • renewable energy in buildings
  • materials for sustainable buildings
  • sustainability
  • sustainable development
  • environmental protection
  • sustainable utilization of wastes
  • indoor air quality
  • waste recycling
  • air, soil and water pollution and methods for limiting pollution

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The Influence of Addition of Fly Ash from Astana Heat and Power Plants on the Properties of the Polystyrene Concrete
Energies 2023, 16(10), 4092; https://doi.org/10.3390/en16104092 - 15 May 2023
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Due to the constant increase in prices for energy resources, as well as the reduction in non-renewable resources in most developed countries of the world, the energy consumption standards of buildings are constantly decreasing, and the requirements for the level of thermal insulation [...] Read more.
Due to the constant increase in prices for energy resources, as well as the reduction in non-renewable resources in most developed countries of the world, the energy consumption standards of buildings are constantly decreasing, and the requirements for the level of thermal insulation of building envelopes are increasing. The increasing requirements in the level of thermal insulation of enclosing structures make the issues of improving and developing new materials and products become more urgent. Polystyrene concrete has good high-thermal and sound-absorbing properties. This serves as a means of reducing costs, improving thermal insulation, reducing the dead load (weight) on the building and outside, among many other advantages. However, concrete made with polystyrene foam as a substitute for large aggregates has insufficient strength, due to the fact that the cement has low adhesion to the polystyrene foam. Based on the research of scientists and authors on the possibility of using industrial waste, it was assumed that the addition of fly ash to the composition would strengthen the matrix and the degree of compression of the polymers by the cement matrix as a result of the presence of nanoparticles in the fly ash and their positive effect on the structure and properties of the composition. The aim of the study was to develop a heat-insulating polystyrene concrete based on a binder using fly ash and to investigate its physical and technical properties. The properties of fly ash have been studied for the purpose of safe use in mixtures to increase strength properties and improve adhesion to polymers. The involvement of industrial waste from the ashes of coal from Kazakhstani deposits will contribute to the ecological improvement of the environment of the megacities of Kazakhstan. The effect obtained from the optimal combination of the characteristics for a building material is the improved physical and mechanical properties of heat-insulating materials. Full article
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