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Sustainability Leadership for the Built Environment (IDBE)

Part-time Master's and Postgraduate Certificate courses from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Guest Editor: Dr. Alice Moncaster


The Special Issue will be published in Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309, and is open for submission of a comprehensive review article or a full research paper for peer-review and possible publication. We encourage authors to send us their tentative title and short abstract to the Editorial Office () or the guest editor () for initial appraisal.

The need to reduce carbon from buildings, new and existing, is becoming increasingly critical. The problem is complex: carbon is emitted from energy use during the operational phase of buildings, but also from the production of materials and from the construction, refurbishment, demolition, and end of life phases. There are multiple regulations, financial mechanisms, tools, and certification schemes designed to encourage carbon reduction. Within this framework, the carbon impact of a building is determined by individual and collective decisions taken by clients, designers, and contractors, and by the occupiers throughout the lifetime of the building.

These decisions are also influenced, however, by individual and professional interpretations, values, and practices, as well as by the commercial, political, professional or other interests that influence the ways in which decision-makers understand and engage with the carbon reduction problem.

The Special Issue editors aim to represent the latest understanding of this complex interdisciplinary field by collecting together new research within the field and by crossing into different areas. Papers are sought concerning the impact and use of low carbon building materials and of building-scale renewable energy technologies; embodied carbon approaches and the latest developments in life cycle analysis of buildings; the effects of improved collaboration within design teams; best practice ("zero carbon"?) new build and refurbishment; the impacts of occupiers and the potential for behavioural change; the effective use of tools and assessment schemes; and the impacts, intentional and unintentional, of policies, financial mechanisms, and regulations. Papers that span the technical and social disciplines, and which develop an understanding of carbon emissions as an inherently socio-technical problem, are particularly encouraged.

Dr. Alice Moncaster

Guest Editor

Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 1TN UK




* seismic code provisions

* earthquake resistant design

* seismic evaluation and retrofit

* performance-based design

* multi-hazard design

* design for resiliency

Submission guidelines

Submitted papers should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere. This Special Issue will be fully open access. Open access (unlimited and free access by readers) increases publicity and promotes more frequent citations, as indicated by several studies. Open access is supported by the authors and their institutes. More information is available at

The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 300 CHF for well prepared manuscripts. An additional fee of 250 CHF may apply if English editing or extensive revisions must be undertaken by the Editorial Office. More information can be found at

Please visit the Instructions for Authors before submitting a manuscript:

Manuscripts should be submitted through the online manuscript submission and editorial system at

MDPI publishes several peer-reviewed, open access journals listed at The Editorial Board members, including several Nobel Laureates (, are all leading active scholars. All MDPI journals maintain rapid, yet rigorous, peer- review, manuscript handling and editorial processes. MDPI journals have increased their impact factors, see "2012 Newly Released Impact Factors",

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We look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

Wanda Gruetter


Wanda Gruetter


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