Special Issue "Urban Climate: Outdoor Comfort and the Impact of the Urban Environment on the Thermal Behavior of Buildings"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 14 May 2024 | Viewed by 93
Interests: energy efficiency in buildings; characterization and integration of renewable energy and heat sinks into the environment (passive heating and cooling)
It is our pleasure to announce a new Special Issue entitled "Urban Climate: Outdoor Comfort and the Impact of the Urban Environment on the Thermal Behavior of Buildings" in Sustainability.
The use of open spaces in cities can improve people's quality of life, reduce pollution and noise, and encourage social interaction and community cohesion. However, urban spaces are considered hostile places for citizens of cities in southern Europe. Urbanization and climate change have contributed to the creation of the Urban Heat Island (UHI) and this has led to increased temperatures in these areas. During heat waves, temperatures can rise by up to 8–10 ºC compared to the surrounding rural areas. High temperatures and exposure to the sun make urban spaces uncomfortable or even dangerous for people. This situation is forcing the administrations of large cities to take measures so that citizens can protect themselves from the heat. They are currently developing different energy and structural solutions with the aim of protecting citizens from extreme heat and improving the resilience of cities against climate change.
In this context, this Special Issue of Sustainability provides an opportunity to discuss the relevant knowledge surrounding sustainable strategies applied in cities with a hot climate, with the ultimate aim of facilitating heat relief.
The design of these spaces requires the application of adequate design strategies, selection of suitable materials, and consideration of the hours of use to ensure the thermal comfort of occupants. In addition, said space must be designed considering energy efficiency and sustainability, using materials and technologies that minimize environmental impact and reduce energy consumption.
The Special Issue seeks articles that explore (but are not limited to) the following topics:
- Urban climate;
- Thermal comfort in open spaces;
- Design and evaluation of natural conditioning techniques;
- Impact of actions in open spaces in buildings;
- UHI mitigation;
- Thermal and aeraulic characterization of the urban environment.
Dr. MªCarmen Guerrero Delgado
Prof. Dr. José Sánchez Ramos
Manuscript Submission Information
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- urban climate
- natural sinks
- urban geometry
- thermal comfort