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Architectural Engineering and Design Management

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Low carbon sustainable buildings with timber and bio-based construction materials

Manuscript deadline
30 June 2025

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Shu, Zhan , Tongji University
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He, Minjuan, Tongji University
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Xiao, Yan, Zhejiang University - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Institute
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Liu, Jie, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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Yang, Huifeng, Nanjing Tech University
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Low carbon sustainable buildings with timber and bio-based construction materials


In recent years, the occurrence of extreme weather events such as storms, droughts, and floods become more frequent around the world. People's attention is drawn to the issue of greenhouse gas emissions as a result of these unfavourable weather conditions.  Therefore, in the field of construction industry, low carbon buildings and/or net zero buildings become ongoing trends. Meanwhile, with the fast development of the modern engineered wood products, timber becomes one of the mainstream construction materials. Besides, the bio-based materials, such as bamboo, are also attracting more and more research attentions.

Target of the special issue

Aiming at the target of low carbon, this special issue is first focused on where and how to use more timber and the bio-based materials in the new or built structures,. In addition, this issue also tries to reveal the low carbon sustainable features of structures built with more wood and/or the bio-based materials, over the whole life cycle.

Possible topics

Various topics toward the targets of the issue are welcome. Here are some examples:

(1) Building structures with wood and/or other bio-based materials, in particular, with the connection with the carbon reduction methodologies;

(2) A whole picture of how wood and/or other bio-based materials could lower the carbon emissions of building structures;

(3) The impact of structures built with wood and/or other bio-based materials on carbon emissions during the operation and maintenance phase;

(4) Carbon emission targets and low carbon strategies for traditional structures with wood and/or other bio-based materials, covering the phases of build, operation, maintenance and rebuild;

(5) New zero carbon building and carbon sequestration technology;

(6) Carbon emission assessment in the construction industry. It is encouraged to investigate the carbon emission of building structures over their life cycles, with a focus in the materialization phase whose emission is harder to evaluate. Reasonable system boundary could be discussed. Case studies are preferred. Assessments using current standards could also be compared;

(7) Advanced technologies, such as AI, value-added manufacturing, intelligent construction, and other smart carbon reduction approaches toward the targets of the issue;

(8) State-of-the-art review of the relevant topics of the special issue (for scholars who have achieved fruitful achievements in these topics).

Submission Instructions

Special issue guidelines

Once a special issue editor has agreed to an author submitting an article to the special issue the author submits to the ScholarOne website.

All articles need to be submitted as a blinded word document (not a pdf file) of about 6000 words along with (from the title to the bottom of the reference list, including tables that must be presented in editable format):

  1. An abstract of no more than 250 words
  2. A list of key words relevant to content of article
  3. References in the APA style as laid out in guidelines to authors on the AEDM website
  4. Acknowledgement of any copyright and conflict of interests
  5. Select "special issue title” when submitting your paper to ScholarOne in the manuscript type drop down menu.

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