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Design and Planning for Sustainability in Built Environment

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Sustainable development in built environment has been a key objective of research over the past several decades. Sustainability in built environment requires reconciliation between economic, environmental and social impacts of design and planning decisions made during life cycle of a project, from inception to termination.

Minimizing the negative life cycle impacts of a development project requires an in-depth understanding of the nature of these impacts, their magnitude, and alternative design and planning approaches to mitigate these impacts. In line with this, a great deal of effort has been made to develop innovative sustainable materials, structural and architectural systems, technologies and planning approaches to enhance sustainability in the development projects. To maximize the benefits achievable from such recent developments, however, there is a need for a holistic selection and implication approach for identifying potential sustainable strategies applicable to a particular project, evaluating the overall life cycle impact of each alternative by accounting for different applicable impact categories, and making the final selection among various viable alternatives by considering their performance with regards to different selection criteria. In particular, such a holistic approach should involve evaluating the trade-off between economic, environmental and social impacts of various design and planning decisions to provide an input into the decision-making process.

This Research Topic aims to capture the state-of-the-art in development of innovative sustainable design and planning strategies for building and construction projects. The topics of interest include but are not limited to:
• Life cycle assessment of different construction and building projects.
• Economic, environmental and social impacts of building and construction projects.
• Innovative sustainable building systems, building materials and construction strategies.
• Case studies and best practice on sustainable design and planning in construction projects.
• Design optimization for buildings, precincts, cities and infrastructure projects by accounting for sustainability.
• Human resource management and resource allocation by accounting for sustainability.
• Applications of building/precinct/infrastructure information modelling and computational methods and frameworks in sustainable design and planning.
• The significance of sustainability in built environment.
• Sustainability-related policy/regulatory strategies and considerations
• Innovative dematerialization, reuse and recycling strategies


Keywords: Sustainability assessment, project planning for sustainability, innovative sustainable systems and materials, environmental, social, and economic sustainability in projects, optimization for sustainability


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.

Sustainable development in built environment has been a key objective of research over the past several decades. Sustainability in built environment requires reconciliation between economic, environmental and social impacts of design and planning decisions made during life cycle of a project, from inception to termination.

Minimizing the negative life cycle impacts of a development project requires an in-depth understanding of the nature of these impacts, their magnitude, and alternative design and planning approaches to mitigate these impacts. In line with this, a great deal of effort has been made to develop innovative sustainable materials, structural and architectural systems, technologies and planning approaches to enhance sustainability in the development projects. To maximize the benefits achievable from such recent developments, however, there is a need for a holistic selection and implication approach for identifying potential sustainable strategies applicable to a particular project, evaluating the overall life cycle impact of each alternative by accounting for different applicable impact categories, and making the final selection among various viable alternatives by considering their performance with regards to different selection criteria. In particular, such a holistic approach should involve evaluating the trade-off between economic, environmental and social impacts of various design and planning decisions to provide an input into the decision-making process.

This Research Topic aims to capture the state-of-the-art in development of innovative sustainable design and planning strategies for building and construction projects. The topics of interest include but are not limited to:
• Life cycle assessment of different construction and building projects.
• Economic, environmental and social impacts of building and construction projects.
• Innovative sustainable building systems, building materials and construction strategies.
• Case studies and best practice on sustainable design and planning in construction projects.
• Design optimization for buildings, precincts, cities and infrastructure projects by accounting for sustainability.
• Human resource management and resource allocation by accounting for sustainability.
• Applications of building/precinct/infrastructure information modelling and computational methods and frameworks in sustainable design and planning.
• The significance of sustainability in built environment.
• Sustainability-related policy/regulatory strategies and considerations
• Innovative dematerialization, reuse and recycling strategies


Keywords: Sustainability assessment, project planning for sustainability, innovative sustainable systems and materials, environmental, social, and economic sustainability in projects, optimization for sustainability


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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