Special Issue on Advances in Research for Resilient Cities and Building Energy Use Minimisation
• 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
Cities around the world are facing similar challenges: growing population density, reduced open spaces, increasing urban heat and worsening urban pollution, to name a few. With warming climates and increasingly unpredictable weather patterns, dealing with these challenges effectively has become crucial. To be more resilient, existing urban areas need to be better managed while new developments need to be better planned and designed.
How cities are planned and designed impacts significantly on buildings, particularly on energy demand for heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting. Features at urban and neighbourhood scales such as orientation and aspect ratio of streets or the characteristics of open and green spaces can generate distinct microclimates whose effect may be substantial, but will vary among locations. At the same time, building design features introduced in response to the climate, such as shape and geometry, shading and construction materials – also affect their surrounding microclimate. These continuous cycles and interactions between urban planning and building designs affect the liveability of cities, and which will have a growing impact on the future of life on our planet.
Human thermal comfort, energy conservation and good air quality are worthy objectives that will have a meaningful contribution to the development of sustainable cities. However, each of them is subject to complex interactions which require us to recognize that cities are required to perform very diverse functions and to deliver a broad range of services to their residents.
We seek to compile cutting-edge studies that shine a light on the complexity of the interactions between microclimate, urban infrastructure, building design, technologies and people. Studies should demonstrate a comprehensive approach that addresses a broad range of effects of a proposed policy or intervention that seeks to contribute to resilient cities and buildings.