Optimal Operation of Active Buildings as an Energy System

Submission Deadline:  01 March 2021

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Optimal Operation of Active Buildings as an Energy System.   

The increasing share of buildings in the consumption of energy and carbon emission indicates that any solutions provided in this regard would have to consider the energy efficiency of the buildings, to obtain promising results. Active Buildings are viable solutions to this issue, in which intelligent integration of renewable-based energy technologies, heating, cooling, and transport systems would be able to make a multi-vector energy system.

Active Buildings can work in an isolated way as a self-sufficient energy system, or can interact with the other ABs in a district area and trade energy via the network. They have the potential of interacting with local as well as national level energy grids and, by behaving as zero or positive energy buildings, they are able to deliver various energy services to reduce the pressure on the upstream energy networks, and defer new investment requirements. As a result, the operation of Active Buildings is being developed as fundamental research and part of the future smart energy systems that call for a (re)thinking on the definition of the control, operation and optimization of the Active Buildings as an energy system.

This Special Section in IEEE Access will target numerous prospects in the operation of active buildings as an energy system. Both review and research articles are welcome. Real-world use cases discussing new application areas and resulting new developments are especially welcome.

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

  • A holistic approach in modeling of the energy systems of Active Buildings (ABs)
  • The role of ABs in energy systems
  • Building physics-based modeling of ABs
  • Zero energy and net-zero energy buildings
  • Coordinated operation and control of ABs at the district/city level
  • Application of model predictive control in ABs operation
  • IoT-based operation and control of ABs
  • Energy management systems of ABs
  • AC, DC, or Hybrid model of ABs
  • AB as a service provider in the electricity networks
  • Resilience-based operation of ABs
  • Reliability-based modeling of ABs
  • Uncertainty aware energy management of ABs
  • Artificial intelligence for the operation of ABs
  • Market-based operation of ABs including Building-to-Building (B2B), Building-to-Grid (B2G), Building-to-Vehicle (B2V), and Vehicle-to-Building (V2B) energy transactions as well as peer-to-peer (P2P) energy transactions

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Associate Editor:  Behnam Mohammadi-Ivatloo, University of Tabriz, Iran

Guest Editors:

    1. Vahid Vahidinasab, Newcastle University, UK
    2. Somayeh Asadi, Pennsylvania State University, USA
    3. Fei Wang, North China Electric Power University, China


Relevant IEEE Access Special Sections:

    1. Key Enabling Technologies for Prosumer Energy Management
    2. Evolving Technologies in Energy Storage Systems for Energy Systems Applications
    3. Advanced Internet of Things for Smart Cyber-Physical Infrastructure Systems


IEEE Access Editor-in-Chief:  Prof. Derek Abbott, University of Adelaide

Article submission: Contact Associate Editor and submit manuscript to:

 For inquiries regarding this Special Section, please contact: mohammadi@ieee.org.