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Special Issue "Exploring Innovative Sustainable Building Materials for a Greener Future"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Construction and Building Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 January 2024 | Viewed by 92

Special Issue Editors

Departamento de Tecnología de la Edificación, Escuela Técnica Superior de Edificación, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Interests: construction and building materials; sustainability and circular economy; technological innovation in building; new measurement techniques applied to the building industry; energy efficiency
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As the world grapples with the urgent need for sustainable development, the construction industry has a vital role to play in shaping a greener future. The demand for innovative sustainable building materials is steadily increasing, driven by the imperative to reduce environmental impact, enhance resource efficiency, and mitigate climate change.

This Special Issue (SI) intends to collect and expand on research in the field of sustainable building materials, delving into their characteristics, advantages, and potential applications. Thus, this SI aims to provide researchers, architects, engineers, and construction professionals with a holistic understanding of the currently available innovative options in terms of sustainable building materials for a greener future.

The Special Issue will include papers on the following research topics (non-exhaustive list):

  • Reused, recovered, and recycled materials.
  • Bio-based materials.
  • Advanced composites.
  • Environmental performance of building materials, considering their embodied energy, carbon footprint, and recyclability.
  • Possible detrimental effects of conventional construction materials on the environment, including high carbon emissions, depletion of natural resources, and waste generation.
  • Technical attributes of sustainable building materials, including their strength, durability, acoustic and thermal properties, and suitability for different construction applications.
  • Economic aspects of sustainable building materials, examining their cost-effectiveness, market availability, and scalability.
  • Circular materials for a circular economy and built environment.

This SI will be a valuable resource for decision makers and stakeholders in the construction sector, inspiring them to explore and adopt sustainable building materials in their pursuit of a more environmentally conscious and resilient built environment.

Dr. Paulo Santos
Dr. Daniel Ferrández Vega
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Materials is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • innovation
  • building materials
  • sustainability
  • environmental issues
  • social features
  • economic aspects
  • energy performance
  • thermal behavior
  • circularity
  • durability

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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