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Thermal Comfort and Energy Use in Sustainable Transportation and Buildings

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 January 2025 | Viewed by 88

Special Issue Editors

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Associate Research Scientist, Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University, 610 S.W. Mudd 500 W 120th St., New York, NY 10027, USA
Interests: electrical and thermal transport; thermoelectrics; radiative cooling; thermoelasticity

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Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027, USA
Interests: heat transfer; thermal management; solid mechanics

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National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO 80403, USA
Interests: reliability of renewable energy; material degradation behavior

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

I trust this message finds you well. It is with great pleasure that we extend an invitation to you to contribute to a Special Issue of the journal Sustainability, dedicated to exploring thermal comfort and energy efficiency in sustainable transportation and buildings.

(1) Overall Outline

  1. Focus: This Special Issue aims to pursue the interdisciplinary aspects of thermal comfort and sustainable energy in applications ranging from vehicles to buildings. We seek to foster a comprehensive understanding of the materials and systems used and the integration between vehicles and buildings for enhanced occupant satisfaction and energy efficiency.
  2. Scope: We welcome contributions that span a wide spectrum of topics, including innovative materials, system design strategies, advanced thermal management, passenger/occupant behaviors, and smart energy technologies for both vehicles and buildings. Manuscripts employing diverse methodologies, from empirical studies to modeling and simulation approaches, are encouraged.
  3. Purpose: The primary objective of this Special Issue is to combine cutting-edge research and advancements in the field, providing insights for future research as well as solving current problems. By doing so, we aim to contribute to the development of sustainable technologies that provide thermal comfort while minimizing energy consumption.

(2) Supplementing the Existing Literature

This Special Issue seeks to complement the existing literature by relating fundamental principles to novel research outcomes, while simultaneously pushing the boundaries of our understanding. By addressing critical gaps in the discussion, we aspire to contribute novel insights that will guide future research and practice in the field of thermal comfort and energy use.

I believe your expertise and contributions would greatly enrich the discussions within this Special Issue. Your unique insights and research endeavors are pivotal to achieving a comprehensive understanding of the challenges we face in achieving thermal comfort and energy efficiency for sustainable transportation and buildings.

Dr. Byung-Wook Kim
Dr. Qilong Cheng
Dr. Xin He
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. 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.


  • thermal comfort
  • energy efficiency
  • environmental design
  • energy harvesting
  • smart building
  • heat transfer
  • reliability

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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