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Adaptive Design Solutions for the ‘New Normal’ in the Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic

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Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is a novel virus that spread rapidly worldwide, leading to the global pandemic in 2020. The disease is still lethal in 2021, despite the roll out of several vaccines across the world. During the first months of 2020, our lives were shaken by the pandemic, enforcing humankind to stay at home. The World learned a ‘new normal’; lockdown. A large part of the population had to suddenly change habits, travel routines, sport activities and hobbies, and adapt to new modalities for working and learning.


The transmission of some infectious diseases via aerosols is established, and evidence for the airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 contained in aerosols grew as the pandemic progressed. The potential for indoor airborne aerosol exposure led international groups, researchers, and academics responsible for guidance on building services to recommend that buildings should be ventilated with as much outdoor air as reasonably possible to dissipate SARS-CoV-2 laden aerosols. Our goal is to present international case studies, building applications and a wide range of conceptual frameworks to provide a roadmap for more resilient technologies and services to emerge from the consequences of today’s global pandemic. With this research topic, we want to address ongoing pandemic conditions across the globe, seeking to make a contribution to the recovery of normal life and to rethink the role of ventilation in the built environment during our daily lives in the post-COVID-19 world.


This Research Topic seeks to present international case studies to offer innovative and adaptive design solutions to the emerging connections between SARS-CoV-2 and ventilation strategies and to present research methodologies and exemplar studies spanning a broad range of topics. The themes of interest include (but are not limited to):

• ventilation systems

• mixed-mode ventilation strategies

• energy calibration models

• efficacy and implementation of energy efficient technologies

• other related factors, such as occupant behavior, daylighting, vegetation

• innovative and adaptive architectural and engineering design solutions


Keywords: Airflow, Energy Models, Energy Demand, Energy Efficiency, Building Performance Simulation, Calibration, COVID-19, Healthy Indoor Spaces, Mixed-Mode Ventilation, Occupant Behavior, Passive Ventilation, Purge Ventilation, Indoor Air Quality, Thermal Comfort


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is a novel virus that spread rapidly worldwide, leading to the global pandemic in 2020. The disease is still lethal in 2021, despite the roll out of several vaccines across the world. During the first months of 2020, our lives were shaken by the pandemic, enforcing humankind to stay at home. The World learned a ‘new normal’; lockdown. A large part of the population had to suddenly change habits, travel routines, sport activities and hobbies, and adapt to new modalities for working and learning.


The transmission of some infectious diseases via aerosols is established, and evidence for the airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 contained in aerosols grew as the pandemic progressed. The potential for indoor airborne aerosol exposure led international groups, researchers, and academics responsible for guidance on building services to recommend that buildings should be ventilated with as much outdoor air as reasonably possible to dissipate SARS-CoV-2 laden aerosols. Our goal is to present international case studies, building applications and a wide range of conceptual frameworks to provide a roadmap for more resilient technologies and services to emerge from the consequences of today’s global pandemic. With this research topic, we want to address ongoing pandemic conditions across the globe, seeking to make a contribution to the recovery of normal life and to rethink the role of ventilation in the built environment during our daily lives in the post-COVID-19 world.


This Research Topic seeks to present international case studies to offer innovative and adaptive design solutions to the emerging connections between SARS-CoV-2 and ventilation strategies and to present research methodologies and exemplar studies spanning a broad range of topics. The themes of interest include (but are not limited to):

• ventilation systems

• mixed-mode ventilation strategies

• energy calibration models

• efficacy and implementation of energy efficient technologies

• other related factors, such as occupant behavior, daylighting, vegetation

• innovative and adaptive architectural and engineering design solutions


Keywords: Airflow, Energy Models, Energy Demand, Energy Efficiency, Building Performance Simulation, Calibration, COVID-19, Healthy Indoor Spaces, Mixed-Mode Ventilation, Occupant Behavior, Passive Ventilation, Purge Ventilation, Indoor Air Quality, Thermal Comfort


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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25 May 2021 Abstract
27 September 2021 Manuscript

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25 May 2021 Abstract
27 September 2021 Manuscript

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