About this Research Topic
It is a well-known fact that buildings are responsible for more than 25% of the total energy consumption across the globe. Considering that primary energy need is met by fossil fuels, which have been depleting and the biggest reason for environmental problems, the importance of the renewable energy usage in buildings and designing energy-efficient buildings is clear. There is fast progress as well as challenges around the integration of renewable energy systems into buildings in the last decades. Additionally, to meet the heating and cooling needs of buildings, self-electricity generating buildings are focused on by the scientists and engineers. However, there is still a long way to cover the distance.
This Research Topic is dedicated to renewable energy and energy-efficient systems which include heating, cooling, and electricity generation in buildings. Energy of the most buildings in the world are met by conventional systems which are generally not efficient and operated with fossil fuel. Hence, energy consumption in buildings and emissions emitted by them is contributing to global emissions at an enormous rate. The solution to these problems is to increase renewable energy usage in buildings. This article collection aims to show new technologies of building-integrated renewable energy systems, its application, and designing more efficient, economic, and environmentally-friendly buildings. Another aim is to increase social awareness and providing policies for renewable energy integrated buildings.
Research articles, review articles, technical notes and short communication are welcomed. The scope of this Research Topic is covered by but not limited to the following topics:
• New renewable energy technologies in buildings and renewable energy integration for buildings
• Sustainability evaluations and environmental investigations into building energy systems
• Renewable energy based heating and cooling systems
• Thermodynamics, energy, and exergy-based analyses
• Dynamic performance analyses and simulations
• Economical and techno-economic assessments
• Micro-cogeneration applications
• Heat pump systems
• Waste to heat or waste to energy systems for buildings
Keywords: renewable energy, energy-efficient buildings, heating and cooling, cogeneration, waste to heat
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