Advances in Building Energy Research Contribute to our special issue on Advanced Engineering Designs in Buildings

Advances in Building Energy Research

High performance buildings have been in high demand for a long time, as they satisfy thermal comfort and indoor air quality with minimal energy use. Advanced Engineering Designs in buildings can achieve even greater energy reductions and provide the right thermal comfort for occupants. However this can only achieved if there is collaboration among building engineers, environmental scientists, architects, facility managers, and policy makers. This was the founding spirit of COBEE (International Conference On Energy & Environment) and in 2018, COBEE2018 was hosted at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

During the conference RMIT University (as the host conference) showcased its award winning buildings (Swanston Academic Building, SAB; and New Academic Street, NAS) which exhibited a strong commitment sustainable built environment and contribute to resilient cities. This was included as part of RMIT University’s commitment to a $128 million plan to reduce energy and water use, significantly lowering greenhouse gas emissions associated with campus operations. The Sustainable Urban Precincts Program (SUPP) is the largest program of its kind in the southern hemisphere.

With this in mind, we decided on the topic of Advanced Engineering Design in Buildings to continue to advance the novel and innovative solutions to address the massive energy consumed by the built environment. The conference brought together researchers from all over the world to showcase many advanced engineering designs in place.

What can I contribute?

What can I contribute

  • advanced materials to improve energy efficiency of buildings
  • indoor air quality
  • energy efficient lighting and daylight
  • thermal and air flow studies in the urban environment
  • passive solar heating of buildings and passive cooling in buildings
  • energy efficient HVAC systems for buildings
  • design and retrofitting of energy efficient buildings
  • use of renewable energies in the built environment
  • natural , mechanical and hybrid ventilation
  • advanced building control systems
  • building physics
  • environmental impact and sustainability of buildings
  • thermal comfort in the built environment

Editorial information

  • Principal Guest Editor: Kiao Inthavong, RMIT University, Bundoora Campus, Australia (
  • Co-Editors: Kazuhide Ito, Faculty of Engineering Sciences, Kyushu University (