The concept of “Sustainable Development” has been with us for quite a while now. In 1987, it was first advocated by the World Commission on Environment and Development. In 1992, this notion was given additional impetus at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (or the Earth Summit) held in Rio de Janeiro where an initial international treaty on environment was produced. Nonetheless, this had neither a limit on greenhouse gas emission nor legal enforcement provision for individual nations. In 1997, the text of the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was adopted eventually at the 3rd Conference of the Parties (COP3) held in Kyoto, Japan. As of April 2008, 178 states signed and ratified the Protocol. In consequence, most industrialised nations and some central European countries agreed to legally binding the reductions of greenhouse gas emissions of an average of 6 to 8% below 1990 levels between the years 2008 and 2012. The Paris Agreement was adopted by 196 Parties at COP21. It was entered into force on 4th November 2016. The goal was to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius (preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius) in comparison to pre-industrial levels. Buildings account for nearly 40% of global energy consumption having a tremendous impact on the global warming. The built environment is indeed a system of energy and environment that is occupied by the masses embracing diverse cultural and economic backgrounds. Today, the United Nations articulates the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that reflect global actions for humanity and planet. In view of these agendas, the delivery of built environments is becoming more demanding or complex than ever, and it is now required to accommodate social, economic, environmental, and human dimensions of sustainability challenges. Accordingly, this special issue is aligned with the global challenges with the aim to serve as a depository for the multidisciplinary research outcomes of sustainable built environments in developed and developing countries.
Professor Masa Noguchi
Sustainable built environment
Urban science for sustainability
Energy efficiency measure
Renewable energy system
Humanitarian design and engineering
Submission Deadline: 31 March 2022
Manuscripts should be submitted online through Hapres Online Submission System. Please visit Guide for Authors before submitting a manuscript. Authors are encouraged to submit a paper as soon as it is ready and don’t need to wait until the deadline. Submissions will be sent to peer-review in order of arrival. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the Journal of Sustainability Research and then gathered together on the special issue webpage. We welcome Research articles, Review papers and Short Communications.
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Environmental Design at the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne, Australia