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Smart Strategies for Resilient Building Adaptation and Retrofit

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation

Smart Strategies for Resilient Building Adaptation and Retrofit

The special issue focuses on ‘Smart’ approaches to existing buildings, to increase performance and occupant wellbeing, and also to reduce energy use and occupant discomfort. In particular, some of the papers will be drawn from full papers presented and further developed form two of the SEB16 and SEB17 conference tracks on:

•    Sustainable Buildings for Smart Cities and Rural Conurbations.
•    Smart strategies for existing and historic building retrofitting. 

Worldwide building replacement and smart refurbishment for existing buildings is quite limited. In Europe new buildings increase the building stock by only around 1% to 1.5% p.a., so around 70% of the foreseen 2050 building stock is already built in 2017. Approximately, 30% of European existing buildings are “historic” buildings (built before 1945 according to the European definition) and are in part protected or listed, considering their historical or artistic value, accounting for more than 30% of the energy consumption of the building sector (responsible for approximately 40% of the overall energy consumption in Europe). Consequently, retrofitting existing and historic buildings, and smart strategies for adaptation are urgent and vital for the reduction of energy consumption and carbon emissions and the improvement of indoor comfort, taking occupants out of fuel poverty (dwellings).

Potential topics could include

For buildings planning or undergoing retrofit or refurbishment:

Building performance assessment of fabric, energy use, environmental conditions and occupant behaviour.
Evaluating methods for sustainable retrofit to fabric
Whole human response within retrofitted or refurbished buildings.
Energy-saving solutions in the field of renovation.
Intrinsic constrains related to technical, regulative and economic barriers.
Optimal retrofit solutions for: maximum economic/environmental performance, energy consumption minimization, architectural preservation.
Thermal Comfort.

Submission Guidelines

Author guidelines, including on formats and length limit, must be strictly followed and can be found on the journal web site at:

Submissions to must be through Scholar-One Manuscripts. Registration and access are available at:

Key deadlines:

Submission of papers 31st January 2018
Reviews to authors 1st February 2018
Revised and final papers 1st March 2018
Complete draft to publisher 1st April 2018

Contact Details:

Please get in touch with the editorial team if you have any questions.

Guest Editors:

Dr John Littlewood, Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK. [email protected]

Associate Professor Elisa Di Giuseppe, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy.  [email protected]


Gemma Hemming, [email protected]