Special Issue "Resilient Built Environment and Public Health"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Pollution Prevention, Mitigation and Sustainability".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2024 | Viewed by 3583
Interests: built environment and infection transmission; air pollution control technologies; fate and transport of contaminants in built environments; computational fluid dynamics; environmental fluid mechanics; neural networks for environmental health and health care
Interests: quantitative microbial risk assessment; complex systems modeling and analytics; health effect optimization through environmental and engineering controls; water treatment technology and policy; uncertainty in decision analyses
COVID-19, more frequent extreme weather events, climate change and increasing energy demands have made the requirements of a resilient built environment multi-faceted and urgent. The built environment needs to adapt to stresses, both intensified current stresses and new ones, all of which are induced from multiple fronts. This will require changes in infrastructure ranging from transportation to homes, offices, utilities and health care facilities, as well as the social infrastructure supporting these systems. Even more significant, a resilient built environment must anticipate, respond and adapt to emerging risks. To do so there is a need to understand the fundamental physics governing the heat and mass transfer of outdoor/indoor environments, and their interaction with the surroundings. It is essential to identify, measure and correlate the associated risks for the different stressors. These will require assessment tools ranging from field measurements to full-scale and reduced-scale laboratory measurements as well as numerical methods. Gaining insight into how the range of factors play a central role in designing and implementing a resilient built environment can help inform public policy, which can shape better decisions and responses for the next adverse event beyond the pandemic.
The Special Issue aims to summarize the latest ideas and visions that will shape a built environment that is resilient and ensures the health and well-being of the occupants and users of the environment.
In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Aerosols and built environment;
- Indoor air quality and risk assessment;
- Natural hazards and their impact on sustainable building design;
- Health, wellness and infection transmission in built environments;
- Assessment of building design supporting the health of occupants;
- Materials for building construction that is adaptive to climate change;
- Smart innovations for resilient built environment;
- Exposure assessment of occupants in green buildings;
- Balance of economic, environmental and health sustainability.
We look forward to receiving your contributions.
Dr. Shamia Hoque
Dr. Mark H. Weir
Dr. Jade M. Mitchell
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The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Using Geographic Algorithms with Spatial Cluster Analysis to Improve Health Facility Interoperability in Epidemic Vaccination in Taoyuan, Taiwan
Authors: Loknath Chen
Affiliation: Biotechnology Department, Mingchuan University, Taiwan
Abstract: Since the end of 2019, the COVID-19 epidemic has spread around the world, causing serious impacts on global public health, lifestyle, economic and industrial development. Governments around the world have adopted unusual and different prevention and control measures for sudden infectious disease storms. It is mainly limited by the inequality of population, geographical environment, public health conditions, medical level, economic resources, and living habits, resulting in significant differences in the COVID-19 disaster situation. Scientists predict distance and intimacy are the main keys through many models of the spread of infectious diseases. The spatial cluster analysis and GIS technology were applied to identify high-risk infection areas with limited computer resources, and accurately distinguish areas where vaccines were allocated. Spatial-risk classification and priority order, for the continuous, discrete and cluster distributions of the population associated infective risk, were adopted with a time compatibility strategy. The algorithms support the risk communication of epidemiology for the allocating scarce medical resources to obstruct the infectious disease. The computation models of vaccine allocation strategy, which according to medical institutions, transportation sites, and international airport, point out the risk areas in Taoyuan city. Our goal is to minimize medical costs and effective management and use public health policies to maintain the operability of facilities and programs for the resilience of public health systems. The vaccine allocation strategy provided the distribution and vaccination of the vaccine can be completed quickly and effectively. Our computing implementation could assist the administration to manage the medical resource for quarantine and vaccination, also help people return to normal life as soon as possible for social development after the pandemic.
Title: A robust optimum water flow assessment model for industrial symbiosis: A systematic approach
Authors: Ms Harshini Mallawarachchi, Dr. Gayani Karunasena and Professor Chunlu Liu
Affiliation: Deakin University, Geelong, Australia