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World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development
World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development


Special Issue on: "Technological Advancements That Improve or Enhance Energy Efficiency in Healthcare Facilities"

Guest Editors:
Dr. John Zhai, University of Colorado, USA
Walter Vernon, Mazzetti Nash Lipsey Burch, USA

A convergence of global factors and the need for more effective treatments has resulted in an increase in demand for energy efficient healthcare facilities. This facility type is extremely energy-intensive because it requires 24/7 operation, high internal equipment loads, back-up and redundant mechanical and electrical systems, and a high air ventilation rate. At the same time, we are experiencing a tightening of energy standards, public demand for ‘green’ and sustainable approaches and technologies that reduce the carbon footprint and meet cost efficiency initiatives.

The focus of this special issue is to identify and/or develop technologies, methodologies and solutions that can be applied to future trends in healthcare facilities design and function. To satisfy the regulatory and public challenges, these must be cost-effective and dramatically reduce the average energy use of research facilities while improving safety, comfort, overall quality and facility sustainability. Answering this challenge requires a holistic, interdisciplinary approach that addresses not only the need for energy and resource reduction but also the expanding role of research facilities as a vehicle to foster team-based research and to offer the flexibility to meet current and future research demands.

Evaluative filters to be considered when preparing manuscripts should include adherence to building codes and standards, policy directives (e.g. Energy Policy Act of 2005), governmental mandates (e.g. Executive Order 13423 “Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy and Transportation Management”), other applicable regulatory statutes, risk assessment modelling tools, and benchmarking standards (e.g. LEED and Green Globes).

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Lighting (day lighting, high efficiency lighting, lighting controls)
  • Use of sustainable materials
  • Water management and waste management
  • HVAC systems
  • Temperature control (alternatives to traditional heating/cooling technologies)
  • Pervious materials
  • Glazing selection
  • Operational strategies
  • Continuous commissioning
  • Building-integrated renewable energy devices
  • Integrated design to achieve optimum facility sustainability
  • Net zero energy buildings

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Deadline for submission of proposals/abstracts: 15 January, 2011

Author notification: 10 March, 2011

Full paper submission deadline: 10 August, 2011