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Renewable Energy Technology and Sustainable Building Research

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2024 | Viewed by 3121

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Department of Building Environments and Energy Application Engineering, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, Yaguan Road 135#, Jinnan District, Tianjin, China
Interests: energy system simulation; city-scale district heating network transients; building thermal dynamics estimation & control; AI-aided auto-design of building HVAC systems; fast simulation of thermal systems
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Department of Environmental Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin, China
Interests: solar energy; air source heat pump; thermal system simulation; operation optimization

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Dear Colleagues,

Over the past few decades, global warming, extreme weather, environmental degradation and resource depletion have posed a major threat to human society. Green and sustainable development has become a worldwide consensus, and many countries have elevated "carbon neutrality" to a national strategy and put forward a bright vision of a zero-carbon future. The use of renewable energy is a fundamental way to eliminate carbon emissions and environmental pollution caused by fossil energy, but the development of renewable energy technology is still facing many challenges, such as economy, stability, industrialization and so on. In addition, buildings are a major consumer of energy, and according to a recent study, the building sector accounts for 40% of greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, improving the energy efficiency of buildings and the utilization of renewable energy in buildings are important factors for energy conservation and emission reduction, and are also hot research topics nowadays. In view of this, the Journal of Sustainability is launching a Special Issue on the theme of “Renewable Energy Technology and Sustainable Building Research”, publishing papers in the scope of renewable energy, sustainable building, energy saving in building, building energy analysis and building energy simulation, aiming to further advance the development of these research areas.

I look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Yaran Wang
Dr. Yan Jiang
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Keywords

  • renewable energy
  • sustainable building
  • energy saving in building
  • building energy analysis
  • building energy simulation
  • renewable energy simulation
  • life cycle assessment
  • net zero energy buildings
  • decarbonization

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A Dimensionless Study Describing Heat Exchange through a Building’s Opaque Envelope
by Carla Balocco, Giacomo Pierucci, Cristina Piselli, Francesco Poli and Maurizio De Lucia
Sustainability 2024, 16(9), 3558; https://doi.org/10.3390/su16093558 - 24 Apr 2024
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The urban environment represents one of the main contexts in which natural resources are exploited to support intensive human activities, especially from an energy perspective. In this context, there is still a lack of general methodologies/tools which can be used to understand the [...] Read more.
The urban environment represents one of the main contexts in which natural resources are exploited to support intensive human activities, especially from an energy perspective. In this context, there is still a lack of general methodologies/tools which can be used to understand the behavior of buildings and to prove their sustainability under real operating conditions, depending on their location, construction characteristics and materials, plants, external conditions, and conduction. In this research, the Buckingham theorem is applied to the thermophysics of buildings, describing the heat transfer of opaque surfaces in a transient regime. The abstraction of dimensionless numbers merges the main phenomena of interest, such as thermal conduction, convection, and radiation, enhanced by consideration of the surface sun–air temperature and the external air temperature. The parameters themselves were mutually matched through a proper equation, whose coefficients were determined by a regression analysis of the measurements from an intensive experimental campaign investigating a building in Florence for 3 years. The resulting correlation shows a good agreement with the available dataset and a determination coefficient of over 70%. Therefore, the proposed approach, owing to the generalization of the dimensionless numbers, suggests the possibility of sustainability estimates, from an energy point of view, of envelope/plant/user systems, including assessments at a higher scale than that of a single building. Full article
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A Review on Harnessing Renewable Energy Synergies for Achieving Urban Net-Zero Energy Buildings: Technologies, Performance Evaluation, Policies, Challenges, and Future Direction
by Yoorae Noh, Shahryar Jafarinejad and Prashant Anand
Sustainability 2024, 16(8), 3444; https://doi.org/10.3390/su16083444 - 19 Apr 2024
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As urbanization continues to accelerate globally, energy demand in cities is reaching unprecedented levels, contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. In response, the concept of net-zero energy building (NZEB) is becoming a sustainable solution for urban energy needs. NZEB aims to achieve a net-zero [...] Read more.
As urbanization continues to accelerate globally, energy demand in cities is reaching unprecedented levels, contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. In response, the concept of net-zero energy building (NZEB) is becoming a sustainable solution for urban energy needs. NZEB aims to achieve a net-zero energy footprint by balancing the energy it consumes with the energy it produces, primarily from renewable energy (RE) sources. This comprehensive literature review-based study explores the role of RE synergies in the context of urban NZEBs, including discussions on definition and development of NZEBs, RE-synergies for achieving NZEBs, sustainable trends and clusters of NZEBs, climate change impacts on NZEBs, their performance evaluation, policy and regulatory frameworks, and challenges and possible solutions related to NZEBs. It has been identified that while customizing NZEB definitions to align with regional energy supply and demand is important, the same is highly dependent on building architectural and micro-climate features. The assessment of climate change effects and NZEB practices should involve evaluating building energy equilibrium, occupant comfort, and interactions with the energy grid. There are still some technical, policy, and socio-economic challenges that need more attention to provide comprehensive solutions for further enhancing the sustainable development/performance of NZEBs and achieving their goal. Full article
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A Review of Evaluative Measures of Carbon-Neutral Buildings: The Bibliometric and Science Mapping Analysis towards Sustainability
by Quddus Tushar, Guomin Zhang, Satheeskumar Navaratnam, Muhammed A. Bhuiyan, Lei Hou and Filippo Giustozzi
Sustainability 2023, 15(20), 14861; https://doi.org/10.3390/su152014861 - 13 Oct 2023
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This study aims to comprehensively depict a thematic evaluation within the context of carbon-neutral buildings over this century at variable time phases (2000–2008, 2009–2016, and 2017–2023). The overarching objectives of this study are delineated into three (3) contexts. Firstly, a bibliometric network encompassing [...] Read more.
This study aims to comprehensively depict a thematic evaluation within the context of carbon-neutral buildings over this century at variable time phases (2000–2008, 2009–2016, and 2017–2023). The overarching objectives of this study are delineated into three (3) contexts. Firstly, a bibliometric network encompassing influential research documents, authors, prominent journals, organisations, and countries is erected in pertinent fields. Secondly, significant terms are extracted from the scientific literature to exhibit co-occurrence patterns. Finally, an analysis of the evaluative clusters across variable phases was conducted to ascertain their intricate interrelations. The software tool VOSviewer Version 1.6.19 successfully achieves the initial objectives by visualising networks based on co-authorship, citations, co-citations, and bibliographic coupling. The ultimate goal of this research is fully realised through the application of the Science Mapping Analysis Tool (SciMAT), Version 3, which facilitated the evaluation of diverse clusters, phases, and thematic domains. The findings from the initial stages of research conducted on carbon-neutral buildings primarily revolve around energy-savings measures, environmental impacts, and the pursuit of energy-efficient design. As the research progressed into subsequent phases, the scope of inquiry broadened into specific themes, such as (1) optimisation, (2) retrofitting, (3) transitioning, and exploring (4) phase change materials (PCMs). Moreover, the areas of study continued to expand by developing diverse scenarios, algorithms, and digital twin technologies. The graphical representations of the strategic diagrams, evaluation areas, and cluster networks are a valuable resource for practitioners and policymakers, offering valuable insight and understanding of the multifaceted landscape of thematic evaluation in carbon-neutral buildings, thus facilitating further investigations and informed decision making. Full article
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