Energy Management in Buildings

Submission Deadline: 31 May 2018

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Energy Management in Buildings.

Buildings can be viewed as small cities due to their size, users, and mixed complex activities. The energy and environmental impact caused by buildings through provision of support services and activities and operations, such as working and living, could be considerably reduced by an effective choice of organizational and managerial measures. Groups of buildings create an urban-kind climate which cannot be neglected. To design and operate sustainable buildings, it is necessary to factor a number of parameters, such as the interaction of indoor-outdoor environment strategic planning and operational processes. Moreover, towards this “district approach,” the use of buildings as a field of application, is considerably advantageous compared to a community or city district as the overall area typically belongs to a single owner.

Aside from this, buildings consume a large portion of the world’s energy and are a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions. The nature of buildings is changing from static and passive structures to dynamic and active environments. The concept of sustainable and intelligent buildings is emerging as an important area for the energy initiative. Therefore, effective energy management is becoming more feasible using innovative technologies.

Till now, limited research efforts have been done and a limited number of papers have been published on the whole roadmap of new energy management system in buildings, towards new research and applications issues. The goal of this Special Section in IEEE Access is to present and highlight the advances and the latest novel and emerging technologies, implementations and applications in the field of energy management in buildings. This will provide readers with a clearer understanding of the design and development of energy management in buildings.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • The technologies to perform effective energy management of buildings.
  • The research trends concerning the operation of Buildings in a smart grids’ framework.
  • The necessary transformations that will support the roadmap towards zero energy districts and communities.
  • The best energy conservation and renewable energy mixtures to reduce the energy consumption of buildings.
  • Efficient and smart techniques to predict the energy consumption and the environmental quality of buildings.
  • Thermal comfort conditions and indoor air quality in buildings and propose methods to improve them.
  • Stochastic optimization methods for distributed energy management in buildings.
  • Hierarchical control applications to distributed energy management in buildings.
  • Energy management buildings and other demand-side applications (e.g.,EVs and DR).
  • Big data analytics and visualization for distributed energy management in buildings.
  • Distributed wireless sensors for energy management in buildings.
  • Energy management system security, resilience and extensibility as a cyber-physical-system (CPS).


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Associate Editor: Kun Wang, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, P. R. China

Guest Editors:

  1. Yi Qian, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
  2. Joel J. P. C. Rodrigues, National Institute of Telecommunications (Inatel), Brazil; Instituto de Telecomunicações, Portugal
  3. Fei Richard Yu, Carleton University, Canada
  4. Peng Li, The University of Aizu, Japan


Relevant IEEE Access Special Sections:

  1. The Internet of Energy: Architectures, Cyber Security, and Applications
  2. Power Quality and Harmonics Issues of Future and Smart Grids
  3. Battery Energy Storage and Management Systems


IEEE Access Editor-in-Chief: Michael Pecht, Professor and Director, CALCE, University of Maryland

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