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Net-Zero-Energy Building Solutions for Sustainability

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2024 | Viewed by 417

Special Issue Editors

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School of Natural and Built Environment, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast BT9 6AZ, UK
Interests: construction project management; building energy; low and zero carbon buildings; digital built environment

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Department of Construction Management, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024, China
Interests: building energy performance analysis; building energy efficiency management; smart cities

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

A net-zero energy building (NZEB) is an architectural structure that is designed and built to produce as much energy as it consumes during a year. The achievement of NZEBs requires not only efficiency measures to save energy but also renewable energy and other technologies to meet energy demands. In recent years, NZEBs have become increasingly popular in the built environment. They have the potential to reduce carbon emissions, mitigate climate change, optimize building energy efficiency, and incorporate renewable energy resources.

This Special Issue aims to establish a platform for innovative strategies and promising solutions that improve the performance of NZEBs throughout their lifecycles, contributing to a more sustainable built environment. In this issue, potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  1. Innovative envelope materials and advanced design and construction solutions for NZEBs;
  2. Energy-efficient heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems and renewable energy integration in NZEBs;
  3. Smart technologies and digital twins for NZEBs;
  4. The role of renewable energy technologies in achieving NZEB goals;
  5. Retrofitting existing buildings towards the achievement of NZEBs;
  6. Passive house principles, technologies, and applications for NZEBs;
  7. Life cycle assessment (LCA) and environmental impact analysis (EIA) of NZEBs;
  8. Occupant behavior and user-centric approaches for achieving NZEBs;
  9. Policies, regulations, and incentives for promoting NZEB development;
  10. Case studies on successful NZEB projects: lessons learned and best practices. 

These topics range from the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of NZEBs. They cover a range of aspects related to sustainable NZEBs, such as principles, approaches, technologies, policies, etc. Based on these topics, it is possible for researchers and practitioners to have a comprehensive and thorough understanding of how to achieve net-zero energy goals in today’s built environment.   

Dr. Xianhai Meng
Dr. Sha Liu
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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. Sustainability 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 2400 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.


  • net-zero energy building
  • sustainable built environment
  • renewable energy
  • building lifecycle
  • smart building technologies

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