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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Journal of Building Performance Simulation

For a Special Issue on
Special Issue in multi-domain simulation workflows for ‘Sustainable Cities & Communities’ (UN SDG11)

Abstract deadline
30 April 2022

Manuscript deadline
30 November 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Dr. Clarice Bleil de Souza, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, UK
[email protected]

Prof. Lori McElroy, Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde, UK
[email protected]

Dr. Camilla Pezzica, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, UK
[email protected]

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Special Issue in multi-domain simulation workflows for ‘Sustainable Cities & Communities’ (UN SDG11)


As we begin to emerge from the current pandemic, there are many challenges and opportunities ahead for the way in which we use and relate to buildings and the spaces around them. It is already clear that we have to re-think our cities, neighborhoods and the way we live.

Simulation will play an important role in identifying solutions to the problems we are now facing, by testing new ideas about how buildings and places work at both microscopic and macroscopic levels. Indeed, even prior to the pandemic, there was clear evidence of a growing interest and an upsurge of research into urban scale simulation. This has created an opportunity for the building performance simulation community to be at the forefront of developing and testing solutions to address some of the challenges ahead – on a number of levels.

People worldwide are suddenly much more aware of the need for healthy environments and buildings, and the importance of health and wellbeing have overtaken many of the more technical aspects of measuring performance.

From a built environment perspective, the construction industry needs to work with governments and businesses globally to provide safe, healthy places for people to live and work in, and to be able to do this quicker, cheaper and better than ever before, especially in emerging and fragile economies where progress is critical.



This SI intends to showcase examples in which simulation workflows, integrating models from different domains or disciplines, are used to evidence-base, solve conflicts and/or reconcile design solutions towards achieving UN SDG 11 ‘Sustainable Cities & Communities’.  It attempts to unfold the hidden potential of the building performance simulation community to demonstrate that buildings transcend their boundaries and perform within ‘bio-regions’ gravitating around specific natural ecosystems and social communities. It will focus on articles which use modelling and simulations as a true record of the design process to trace decisions which promote regeneration and integrated design to create buildings and neighbourhoods in which their inhabitants’ lives and livelihoods depend on the healthy functioning of local ecosystems in synergy with urban infrastructure landscapes. It acts as a ‘manifesto’; with simulation providing the evidence to provoke a more active debate in mitigating the environmental impacts of climate change while building resilient communities, in tune with the UN blueprint to achieve a sustainable future for all.


Topics of interest: Original research in which multi-domain simulation models, with at least one of them falling within JBPS aims and scope, were used to evidence-base the design process towards achieving:

  • Sustainable neighbourhoods: Simulation workflows to maximise indoor-outdoor relationships in urban settlements towards promoting healthy communities considering access to daylight, solar, greenery, etc.
  • Integrated sustainable transport: Simulation workflows which prioritize the traveller and connect microsimulation models with transport, configurational analysis, environmental models, etc. to design transport infrastructures.
  • Integrated public spaces: Simulation workflows which promote and enhance the use of outdoor spaces such as parks and streets via ensuring outdoor thermal comfort (UTCI, CFD, etc.) access to greenery, pollution and noise control, wayfinding and spatial accessibility, managing people’s flows (walking & cycling), visual comfort etc.
  • Sustainable & integrated land-use: Simulation workflows which support disaster risk reduction, mitigate urban heat island effects, flooding and waste management while increasing access to greenery and amenities.
  • Low Carbon districts or neighbourhoods: Simulation workflows which maximise the use of resources (electricity, heat, water, etc.) within sustainable multi-functional complexes or districts towards reducing carbon footprint, improving community wellbeing, strengthening local capacity.
  • Disaster preparedness & post-disaster relief: Simulation workflows and computational models which increase understanding of risk in contemporary urban and rural contexts and/or can contribute to enhance the resilience of built assets and infrastructure systems towards improving their response to, and recovery from, threats posed by hazards.

It is important to highlight 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.

Submission Instructions

Important dates:

Abstract submission deadline (300 words to Guest Editors): 30th April 2022

Full-length article submission starts: 10th May 2022

Full-length article submission deadline: 30th November 2022


Guest Editors 

Please address all correspondence regarding this topical issue to the Guest Editors:

Dr. Clarice Bleil de Souza, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, UK

Email: [email protected]

Prof. Lori McElroy, Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde, UK

Email: [email protected]

Dr. Camilla Pezzica, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, UK

Email: [email protected]


Important note:

The guest editors will review the abstracts and invite selected authors to develop full papers. They will also perform a preliminary review of manuscripts before they are submitted to the JBPS, this to ensure good alignment with the Special Issue theme and to provide a degree of quality control. Guest editors can provide authors with collegial advice and guidance at this stage. However, it is important for authors to be aware that positive appraisal by the guest editors at this stage does not guarantee subsequent acceptance by the journal as manuscripts are submitted to the journal and undergo the JBPS' standard double-blind review process (handled by journal editors).

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