About this Research Topic
Urbanisation and its associated demand for services have caused a dramatic increase in energy consumption by special buildings that present a key research area where carbon reduction could be achieved in a cost-effective way. In the EU-27, the services sector was the sector with the fastest-growing energy consumption by 41.4% over the period 1990-2010. This increase is directly related to the growth in electricity consuming devices in buildings such as heating, cooling ventilation (HVAC), ICT services, lighting, etc. Furthermore, escalators, elevators, and other mobility equipment are becoming more important for office buildings, large department stores, school buildings and other public service buildings, and most importantly, the coronavirus pandemic has brought grand infrastructure and energy access challenges to hospital buildings, healthcare buildings and many other types of buildings. For example, according to Alliance To Save Energy, the pandemic presents one of the top challenges in the pursuit of operating healthy and efficient buildings. This Research Topic focuses on research themes of different aspects of sustainability services and solutions for special buildings.
Special buildings consist of buildings that are constructed by specific purposes, including, for example, hospitals, schools, shopping centers, data centers, zero-energy buildings, energy-positive buildings, and zero-carbon buildings, etc. Each type of these buildings has different and unique challenges and sustainability needs. This Research Topic focuses on research themes of sustainability services and solutions for these special buildings. We invite authors to contribute original research articles addressing different sustainability issues for various special buildings. Mathematical models, experimental measurements, case studies, and technological applications are invited. Review articles describing the current state-of-the-art are also welcome.
Potential topics include but are not limited to the following, with a focus on sustainability services and solutions for special buildings:
· Energy saving
· Reduction of fossil fuels and carbon emissions
· Improvement of indoor environment and comfort
· Occupants' behavior, health and well-being
· New building design and major renovation of old buildings
· Impact of COVID-19
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