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Call for Special Issue Papers: Built Environment Sustainability: What's New and What's Next?

Built Environment Sustainability: What's New and What's Next?

In light of growing concerns on population growth, resource scarcity and climate change, sustainable development has become an imperative for governments, businesses and civil society alike. Providing the foundation for almost all other economic activities and having significant impacts on the environment as well as the health and well-being of people, the built environment has become a central concern in terms of addressing sustainability. The criticality of the built environment in achieving sustainable development is further accentuated by the rising levels of urbanisation throughout the world and the realisation that 70% of the current building stock will still be in existence in 2030.
As wider and more in-depth attention is given to integrating and mainstreaming sustainability considerations into built environment related activities, a need now arises for a fundamental review of the available body of knowledge, including emerging concepts, technologies and tools, along with a systematic exploration of the future narrative in terms of the built environment sustainability agenda. Therefore, this special issue provides a much needed platform for bringing together the innovative, up-to-date research and development on built environment sustainability with the aim of shedding light and amalgamating our understanding on ‘what’s new and what’s next’ in this area in terms of both theory and practice. The special issue is also unique as it provides a single platform to address the aforementioned, focusing on the whole life cycle of built assets and bringing together calls for paradigmatic breakthroughs and practical innovations with the need for institutional, management and technological interventions.

Following is an indicative, hence a non-exhaustive, list of anticipated themes in the context of Built Environment Sustainability:
•    Planning and optimising of land-use
•    Eco-friendly and sustainable materials
•    Low carbon and energy efficient built infrastructure
•    Indoor environmental quality
•    Water and waste management
•    Social and cultural implications of built infrastructure
•    Assessment of built environment sustainability at micro and macro levels
•    Green rating and certification systems
•    Technological innovations for sustainability
•    Applications of BIM and other information systems for enhancing sustainability
•    Mobilising big data and relevant analytics and/or AI for boosting built asset optimisation
•    Project procurement and management for enhanced sustainability
•    Built asset operation and management for enhanced sustainability
•    Retrofitting and adaptive re-use of existing buildings
•    Education and capacity enhancement for sustainability
•    Improving knowledge exchange between ‘project development’ & ‘built asset management’ teams
•    ‘Circular economy’ applications for Built Environment Sustainability

Submissions Information

All submissions to Built Environment Project and Asset Management should be through ScholarOne Manuscripts. Registration and access are available at:

Author guidelines must be strictly followed. Please see:

Authors should select (from the drop-down menu) the special issue “Built Environment Sustainability: What's New and What's Next?”  at the appropriate step in the submission process, i.e. in response to ““Please select the issue you are submitting to”.

Submitted articles must not have been previously published, nor should they be under consideration for publication anywhere else, while under review for this journal.

Closing date for manuscripts submission: 15th October 2017

Expected publication: Early 2019

Contact Details

If you have any questions please get in touch with the Editorial Team:

Dr. Sachie Gunatilake
Senior Lecturer, Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa,
[email protected]

Prof.  B.A.K.S. Perera
Professor in Quantity Surveying, Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa,
[email protected]