Special Issue "Sustainable and Conventional Buildings"

A special issue of Designs (ISSN 2411-9660).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 July 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Marco Caniato
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Faculty of Science and Technology, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, I-39100 Bolzano, Italy
Interests: Construction; Construction Engineering; Building Materials; Building; Sustainable Construction; Building Technology; Industrial Engineering
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Dr. Federica Bettarello
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Department of Engineering and Architecture, University of Trieste, 34127 Trieste, Italy
Interests: acoustics; architecture; comfort perception; inclusive design; building elements; sustainable solutions for the built environment; timber buildings
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

At present, comfort is one of the most highly rated parameters for the built environment and cities. Buildings are part of everyone’s life, and their role is to protect us from outdoor climate conditions and to host us during our lifetime. Cities must provide neighbourhoods and services to meet the needs of increasingly heterogeneous groups of people. Nevertheless, in recent years, the Kyoto Protocol has pushed to limit CO2 emissions in every living and production area. The use of sustainable materials, near zero-energy buildings, transport that reduces consumption as much as possible for their operation and harmful impact on the environments, etc. is now being stimulated worldwide.

For these reasons, this Special Issue on sustainable building and city design, construction, and renovation is being launched. This Special Issue aims to include original research and high-quality review articles on the design principles of interior spaces, buildings, and cities, with particular reference to quality of life aspects, such as sound insulation and/or propagation, energy saving, sustainable living, indoor and outdoor comfort designs, etc. Reports on experimental, computational, or multidisciplinary research are encouraged. Review articles describing the current state of the art are also welcome.

Dr. Marco Caniato

Dr. Federica Bettarello
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Design principles of buildings and cities
  • Applied research using measurements or questionnaires
  • Numerical studies and research on sustainable buildings or buildings elements
  • Design and study of new materials with thermal and acoustic properties
  • Recent advances in the field of sustainability for buildings and cities
  • Change in performances due to service time and strategies to renovate
  • Case studies of new applications and/or traditional solutions used in new applications
  • New recycled materials with good thermal and/or acoustic properties
  • Indoor and/or outdoor design for sustainable living
  • Soundscapes for sustainable cities

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Indoor Thermal Environment and Occupant’s Living Pattern of Traditional Timber Houses in Tropics
Designs 2021, 5(1), 10; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/designs5010010 - 14 Feb 2021
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Traditional timber houses in tropics have specific environmental characteristics that evolved considering material constraints, local construction technology and climate. To provide occupants with the necessary comfort, these naturally ventilated houses adopted several passive design strategies. Moreover, occupants have unique living patterns which may [...] Read more.
Traditional timber houses in tropics have specific environmental characteristics that evolved considering material constraints, local construction technology and climate. To provide occupants with the necessary comfort, these naturally ventilated houses adopted several passive design strategies. Moreover, occupants have unique living patterns which may have contributed towards achieving indoor thermal comfort. However, scientific knowledge regarding these issues is still limited. Therefore, considering traditional timber houses of Bangladesh as sample cases, this study aims to investigate existing relationship between an indoor thermal environment and an occupant’s living pattern within these tropical houses. Physical measurement of thermal parameters and questionnaire surveys followed by personal observations were conducted. Findings show that indoor air temperature (AT °C) fluctuates readily with that outdoors without a timelag resulting in daytime overheating. The occupant’s daytime thermal sensation is mostly slightly warm to hot. Semi-open and outdoor shaded spaces become a way to cope with the daytime overheating period. Occupants frequently use indoor spaces during the night when thermal sensation ranges between neutral to slightly cool. Finally, from the findings an interpretational graph has been developed relating indoor thermal environment with occupant’s living pattern within a traditional timber house. Findings will contribute to professionals and policy-makers developing architectural design strategies that may impact the occupant’s well-being in future. Full article
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An Integrated Design Strategy for the Urban Regeneration of West Bay, Business District of Doha (State of Qatar)
Designs 2020, 4(4), 55; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/designs4040055 - 10 Dec 2020
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Emergent communities have integrated land use and transportation plan based on transit-oriented developments (TODs) and light rail transit with the sole purpose to enliven and redevelop the constructed environment. Doha has undergone some major transformation in urban growth context due to surge in [...] Read more.
Emergent communities have integrated land use and transportation plan based on transit-oriented developments (TODs) and light rail transit with the sole purpose to enliven and redevelop the constructed environment. Doha has undergone some major transformation in urban growth context due to surge in the economy instigated by oil and gas production. It is noticed that the rapid growth has led to negative impacts in terms of urban design, connectivity, and transportation. It is essential to understand the impact of the TOD model with regards to the challenges and approaches in terms of planning procedures and tactics. The purpose of TOD module is to facilitate access for public transportation and to enable transit commutation which is a missing aspect in the current setting. TODs support and enable sustainable urbanism by revitalizing the livability through integration of land use schemes in the city. This paper focuses on bringing together TOD livability approaches within West Bay, the business district of Doha and its adjacent surroundings. The objective of this research is to assess the livability in West Bay with the implementation of the TOD model. The research findings help to revisit the design and application of TOD models and to enhance the livable conditions for its occupants. The finding suggests a design model based on livability, compactness, public realms, walkability, and accessibility. Full article
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