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Special Issue "Building Energy Performance: Design vs Reality"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2021) | Viewed by 527

Special Issue Editors

Department of Civil and Construction Engineering, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, VIC 3122, Australia
Interests: building energy efficiency; thermal energy storage; heatwave resilience in buildings; energy efficient building envelope; net-zero energy/carbon building; building operational energy management; energy-efficient occupant behavior
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Centre for Sustainable Infrastructure, FSET, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, VIC 3122, Australia
Interests: sustainable construction materials; advanced concrete technology; building energy efficiency; 3D concrete printing; sustainable built environment
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The urgent need for energy conservation and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the building sector has been recognised at the highest levels of governments around the world, and has led to the introduction of various strategies to deliver higher-performance buildings. However, in most cases, buildings do not perform operationally at the intended level and consume as much as three times the predicted energy consumption. This mismatch between the design and reality of energy performance is known as the building energy performance gap (BEPG). The presence of performance gap will have significant consequence on the energy and emission reduction target from building sector.

In this context, this Special Issue aims to propose a collection of worthy studies that deal with:

  • Factors that contributes to the energy performance gap during the building lifecycle.
  • Impact of the building energy performance gap on the economy and environment.
  • Strategies that can be undertaken during the life cycle to overcome the performance gap.
  • The role of digital technologies such as building information modelling to overcome the performance gap.

Dr. Md Morshed Alam
Dr. Sayanthan Ramakrishnan
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • factors building energy performance gap
  • design stage factors of performance gap
  • construction stage factors of performance gap
  • operational stage factors of performance gap
  • impacts of performance gap
  • strategies to overcome performance gap
  • post-occupancy energy monitoring

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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