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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Journal of Building Performance Simulation

For a Special Issue on
Advancing the Understanding of the Interplay between Microclimate, Building Design, and Human Behaviour

Abstract deadline
31 December 2021

Manuscript deadline
31 May 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Veronica Soebarto, The University of Adelaide, Australia
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Ardeshir Mahdavi, Technische Universität Wien, Austria
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Advancing the Understanding of the Interplay between Microclimate, Building Design, and Human Behaviour


Increasing population and building densities in urban sites have resulted in reduced public and green spaces, amplified urban heat, and poor air quality, all of which can negatively affect people's quality of life. Modelling studies have looked into the interactions between urban planning, building design, and urban microclimate in order to reduce urban heat, lower buildings' cooling demand, and reduce environmental impact. Independently, modelling efforts have investigated the interactions between building design, indoor environmental quality, and occupant behaviour. Studies have also been conducted to understand the impact of microclimate and outdoor spaces on occupant behaviour and their health and well-being.

In reality, however, these three domains, that is outdoor environment, buildings, and occupants, are interconnected. Microclimate and outdoor environment influence building energy use and indoor thermal comfort. On the other hand, occupants' thermal comfort requirements and preference affect building energy use, which in turn influence the microclimate due to associated greenhouse gas emissions. Yet the effects on the buildings' surrounding and the urban microclimate are not routinely considered in building performance simulation. Furthermore, modelling building energy use normally involves certain default occupant presence and behaviour assumptions, even though a number of studies suggest that occupant behaviours are actually affected by building types and design as well as by the dynamics of the outdoor environment.

Call for Contributions

Given this background, the present Special Issue calls for recent work that explore the interrelationships between the aforementioned three domains, namely i) microclimates and outdoor environment, ii) buildings (typology, design features, construction style and control systems), and iii) occupants (presence, actions) from a modelling and simulation perspective.

In addressing the main theme of this Special Issue, please note that the following topics are outside the journal's scope and will not be considered:

  • Case studies involving the routine application of commercially available building performance simulation tools that do not include validation or aspects that make a novel contribution to the knowledge base.
  • The structural performance of buildings and the durability of building components.
  • Studies focused on the performance of buildings and the systems that serve them, rather than on modelling and simulation.

Submission Instructions

All submissions should comply with the regular criteria of the Journal of Building Performance Simulation in terms of the rigorous standard of originality, writing structure, and references.

Authors are invited to submit extended abstracts (500 words max) by 31 December 2021.

Closing date for submitting the full manuscripts of accepted abstracts is 31 May 2022.

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