Special Issue on Smart energy solutions for sustainability and indoor environmental control of buildings
• 大类 : 工程技术 - 2区
• 小类 : 结构与建筑技术 - 2区
• 小类 : 能源与燃料 - 3区
• 小类 : 工程：土木 - 1区
Research, development and application of smart energy solutions are essential in solving today’s global energy challenges, especially in conjunction with the huge amount of energy consumed in myriads of buildings for space heating and cooling, indoor lighting, etc. It is estimated that nearly 40 percent of global energy consumption takes place in buildings. According to the International Energy Agency, energy efficiency measures in buildings have the potential to deliver two-thirds of the energy-related CO2emissions reduction needed to achieve climate protection. Limiting growth in energy demand through energy efficiency in buildings can greatly contribute to the sustainable growth of our society.
Great strides have been made in various areas of building technologies to improve energy efficiency in buildings by applying innovative technologies to reduce energy consumption and enhance indoor environmental quality in buildings. Especially, these efforts are currently being considered together with the application of new energy systems harnessing natural energy and the possibility of taking advantage of today’s digital technologies, exploiting big data and online data processing whenever it is possible.
One of the main objectives of this Special Issue(SI)is to explore the recent efforts to apply innovative schemes and technologies in buildings to save energy, and, at the same time, to control the indoor environment in conjunction with exploiting natural energy resources in pursuit of ultimate sustainability in building development. Realizing its applicability in different areas of building energy systems, which relate to issues of energy efficiency and sustainability, this SI introduces some valuable progresses made in the mainstream of harnessing natural energy and energy management with the application of innovative strategies in controlling various elements related to the consumption of energy in buildings that affect indoor environmental conditions.
The topics of SI mainly include:
Use and recovery of low grade energy (including natural energy) for building applications
ICT technology application for energy management in buildings
Control strategies of various elements of building energy systems
Application of innovative energy systems (materials)