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System Modeling, Control, and Diagnosis for Energy Efficiency in Buildings

Call for Papers

Energy utilization in buildings relies on numerous factors, such as building structure, energy management systems design, and effective control and maintenance under the varying thermal or cooling load. Their heterogeneous operational characteristics contribute to serious environmental and economic problems due to excessive consumption of energy and other resources.

Consequently, there is a growing interest in high performance buildings where the underlying concept of performance incorporates energy efficiency, thermal performance, and healthy indoor environment.

Achieving this high performance objective is mainly dependent on enhanced control strategies and the continuous commissioning of the building Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) systems under the constraints of economically managing the energy flows within the building to meet the needs of the occupants. The related challenges encompass describing the complex nonlinear dynamics of the building, deriving mathematical models for control, and deploying different control strategies for different weather conditions and occupancy profile.

Even when building automation system or when advanced controllers are applied to enhance system efficiency, faults can occur during installation, routine operations, or scheduled preventive maintenances, resulting in excessive energy waste. This calls for more sophisticated and tailored algorithms for analysis and control yielding energy efficient solutions for smart buildings.

The purpose of this special issue is primarily to publish high quality research papers as well as review articles on recent advances on operating buildings in an energy efficient way through building and HVAC modeling, diagnostics, and controls. Original contributions that are not yet published or that are not currently under review in other journals or peer-reviewed conferences are invited, in particular, manuscripts containing novel ideas and algorithms with practical/experimental applications.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Monozone/multizone modeling approaches and HVAC components modeling
  • Building simulation tools and platforms
  • Optimal supervisory control and model-based predictive control for building systems
  • Energy-optimal control for space-conditioning systems
  • Fault detection and diagnosis of HVAC and building systems
  • Fault-tolerant control of HVAC systems
  • Continuous commissioning
  • Whole-building optimization
  • Green energy rating systems in buildings
  • Economic performance analysis of the building

Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/jcse/smcd/.

Manuscript DueFriday, 16 June 2017
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 8 September 2017
Publication DateFriday, 3 November 2017

Lead Guest Editor

  • Tushar Jain, Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India

Guest Editors