Special Issue "Novel Materials for Energy Efficient Buildings"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (25 July 2019) | Viewed by 9653
Interests: heat transfer; nearly and net zero energy buildings; building envelope; HVAC systems and equipment; renewable energy sources at the building scale; fire safety
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In June 2018, EU Parliament and Council have enacted a new Recast of Energy Performance of Building Directive, the EPBD 2018/844, establishing more ambitious targets for the next future. As stated by the EU Lex, it is necessarily a focus for decarbonizing the EU building stock, and, in order to do this, long-term strategies of energy refurbishment and a transformation of the existing buildings into nearly zero-energy ones are needed. In this frame, novel materials should play a primary role. Indeed, energy retrofits have higher difficulties compared to new buildings, because of the necessity of adaptability to existing constructions, the requirement of low thicknesses, and the preferability of technologies that allow installation without invasive yards for allowing livability during the refurbishing. Novel materials can exploit several physical phenomena for reducing energy demands of buildings and emissions. Furthermore, materials can improve the thermal resistance or thermal inertia of the building shell; the reflectance or absorptance of solar energy of external coatings; the thermal energy storage in structures; and the time shifting of free gains, radiative cooling, or evaporative cooling; and, analogously, they can have applications in active energy systems too (as, for instance, phase change materials into components of heating and cooling systems or new lighting systems and photovoltaics by means of novel organic materials). This Special Issue of Energies is entirely focused on new materials for the energy efficiency of buildings and energy systems and is not limited to buildings themselves, their energy systems, or renewables on a building scale.
Prof. Dr. Nicola Bianco
Prof. Dr. Fabrizio Ascione
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- building energy efficiency
- sustainability and environment
- materials for energy efficiency
- building performance
- thermal insulation
- thermal inertia
- solar reflectance
- radiative cooling
- evaporative cooling
- organic materials
- thermal energy storage
- HVCA systems and equipment
- lighting systems