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Most Downloaded Energy and Built Environment Articles

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1. The environmental and financial implications of expanding the use of electric cars - A Case study of Scotland

April 2021
George Milev | Astley Hastings | Amin Al-Habaibeh

•The paper presents a novel case study on the effect of utilising electric cars.•Electric cars will cause further carbon emission production via the grid.•However, the overall carbon emission is expected...

2. Trends, benefits, risks, and challenges of IoT implementation in residential and commercial buildings

Available online 19 February 2021
Kehinde Lawal | Hamed Nabizadeh Rafsanjani

•A review of IoT approaches in residential and commercial buildings is provided.•Trends of the current literature are presented.•Advantages of IoT implementation in built environments are discussed.•Future...

3. Aerodynamics of railway train/tunnel system: A review of recent research

October 2020
Jiqiang Niu | Yang Sui | Qiujun Yu | Xiaoling Cao | Yanping Yuan

•Aerodynamics of railway train / tunnel system and their factors are discussed.•Formation mechanism and development of aerodynamic effects in tunnels are presented.•Relationship between aerodynamic...

4. Sizing, optimization, control and energy management of hybrid renewable energy system- a review

Available online 4 May 2021
Chouaib Ammari | Djamel Belatrache | Batoul Touhami | Salim Makhloufi

•A review of the latest studies published in a hybrid renewable energy system•This review focuses on sizing, optimization, control, and energy management•The latest published methods are reviewed and...

5. Preparation, Properties, and Applications of Natural Cellulosic Aerogels: A Review

January 2020
Ahsan Zaman | Fei Huang | Man Jiang | Wei Wei | Zuowan Zhou

•Study of different types of solvents and most effective one to dissolve cellulose.•Reviewing various freezing mechanisms and their effect on the aerogel morphology.•Interpreting several pore forming...

6. Windcatchers and their applications in contemporary architecture

Available online 5 November 2020
Parham Kheirkhah Sangdeh | Nazanin Nasrollahi

•In this paper, different types and classification of windcatchers are investigated.•Many physical parameters have a significant impact on windcatchers’ performance.•Recognition of these parameters...

7. Future cities and autonomous vehicles: analysis of the barriers to full adoption

January 2021
Nacer Eddine Bezai | Benachir Medjdoub | Amin Al-Habaibeh | Moulay Larbi Chalal | Fodil Fadli

•Identify Autonomous vehicles barriers will help to promote their adoption•Safety, users’ acceptance and behaviour are the predominant barriers of AVs•Distrust feelings and perception affect people...

8. Thermal comfort models and their developments: A review

January 2021
Qiantao Zhao | Zhiwei Lian | Dayi Lai

•Reviewing thermal comfort models in different aspects.•Analyzing the advantages and disadvantages of all the models in the review.•Interpreting the importance of the models in different environments.•Suggesting...

9. A high-efficiency regenerative shock absorber considering twin ball screws transmissions for application in range-extended electric vehicles

January 2020
Zhanwen Wang | Tianming Zhang | Zutao Zhang | Yanping Yuan | Yujie Liu

•A novel regenerative shock absorber is designed for range-extended electric vehicles.•A reliable ball screw gear system transforms vibration into unidirectional rotation.•Proper asymmetric ratio of...

10. Recent progress in liquid desiccant dehumidification and air-conditioning: A review

January 2020
Xiangjie Chen | Saffa Riffat | Hongyu Bai | Xiaofeng Zheng | David Reay

•This paper presents a literature review on the recent research progress in liquid desiccant dehumidification and air conditioning systems.•The physical features of various liquid desiccant materials...

11. Assessment of renewable energy: Status, challenges, COVID-19 impacts, opportunities, and sustainable energy solutions in Africa

Available online 23 March 2021
Mohammad Amir | Sana Zubair Khan

•Demonstrated renewable energy status and targets for sustainable energy solutions.•Proposed power value chain and smart energy framework for better power utilization.•Impacts and recommendations in...

12. A review of data mining technologies in building energy systems: Load prediction, pattern identification, fault detection and diagnosis

April 2020
Yang Zhao | Chaobo Zhang | Yiwen Zhang | Zihao Wang | Junyang Li

•Supervised data mining-based methods for building energy systems are reviewed.•Unsupervised data mining-based methods for building energy systems are reviewed.•Strengths and shortcomings of the existing...

13. Review and outlook on the international renewable energy development

Available online 10 December 2020
Li Li | Jian Lin | Nianyuan Wu | Shan Xie | Chao Meng | Yanan Zheng | Xiaonan Wang | Yingru Zhao

•The research results released by authoritative institutions are reviewed.•The development of different renewable energy industries was analyzed.•Five national energy transitions are analyzed.•The renewable...

14. Effect of tilt angle on the performance and electrical parameters of a PV module: Comparative indoor and outdoor experimental investigation

Available online 2 March 2021
M.A.A. Mamun | M.M. Islam | M. Hasanuzzaman | Jeyraj Selvaraj

•Indoor and outdoor investigation on the effect of tilt angle on PV performance.•Experimentally fixed optimum tilt angle of 15° for real-time Malaysian conditions.•Every 5° change in tilt cause a cell...

15. New and innovative wind catcher designs to improve indoor air quality in buildings

October 2021
Mamdooh Alwetaishi | Mohamed Gadi

•New design of wind catcher to improve indoor air quality.•Air speed ait inlet and outlets of new designed wind catchers.•CFD fluent and experimental study involved.•Curved shape of wind catcher investigation...

16. A study on the comparative review of cool roof thermal performance in various regions

Available online 23 March 2021
Mohan Rawat | R. N. Singh

•This paper provides an overview of cool roof's thermal behavior in various regions.•Cool roof surface treatments are the common terminology used in the building roofs.•The application of different...

17. Optimizing the solar energy capture of residential roof design in the southern hemisphere through Evolutionary Algorithm

October 2021
Saleh Kaji Esfahani | Ali Karrech | Robert Cameron | Mohamed Elchalakani | Rosangela Tenorio | Fernando Jerez

•Developing the usage of Evolutionary Algorithm in building form optimization.•Introducing a new parameter- Oblique Rotation- in the roof from optimization.•Cross-checking the findings with experimental...

18. Energy saving analysis of a transparent radiative cooling film for buildings with roof glazing

April 2021
Zhitong Yi | Yingyan lv | Dikai Xu | Jingtao Xu | Hua Qian | Dongliang Zhao | Ronggui Yang

•A transparent radiative cooling (T-RC) film has been proposed for building energy saving.•The film can be applied on glazing for reducing solar absorption and improving infrared emission.•A maximum...

19. Performance of aerogel as a thermal insulation material towards a sustainable design of residential buildings for tropical climates in Nigeria

Available online 23 February 2021
Aminu Wali Bashir | Brenda Chaves Coelho Leite

•A study on the performance of aerogel for building application is presented.•Aerogel could best be applied to the attic and floor slabs of the designed model.•Thermal comfort could be improved while...

20. Indoor environment of nearly zero energy residential buildings with conventional air conditioning in hot-summer and cold-winter zone

Available online 8 December 2020
Jiankai Dong | Haixia Lan | Yu Liu | Xiaotao Wang | Chenchen Yu

•Explore the cooling demand of nearly zero energy residential buildings.•Indoor temperature variation and load characteristics under three air-conditioners.•Indoor environment under a newly proposed...

21. Building occupancy and energy consumption: Case studies across building types

April 2021
Sicheng Zhan | Adrian Chong

•Case study of four buildings with different typologies and function.•Showed strong positive correlation between WiFi and electricity consumption.•Distinct clusters generated using PCA for feature extraction...

22. The reinforcement learning method for occupant behavior in building control: A review

April 2021
Mengjie Han | Jing Zhao | Xingxing Zhang | Jingchun Shen | Yu Li

•Literatures of reinforcement learning regarding occupant behavior were presented.•We provided a comprehensive understanding of how the method works.•We discussed an overview of implementation requirements...

23. Natural Ventilation Design: Predicted and Measured Performance of a Hostel Building in Composite Climate of India

January 2021
Durva Gupta | Vaibhav Rai Khare

•CFD simulation of naturally ventilated Hostel building in Cradle scSTREAM.•Simulation and validation of thermal comfort parameters for natural ventilation.•Cross and Night ventilation were simulated...

24. Prospects of shallow geothermal systems in HVAC for NZEB

October 2021
Irfan Ahmad Gondal

•Shallow geothermal energy can significantly reduce the building HVAC loads.•Renewable energy integration with geothermal systems can minimize HVAC demands.•A hybrid combination of active and passive...

25. Indoor environmental quality (IEQ) assessment of Nigerian university libraries: A pilot study

July 2021
Williams P Akanmu | Sunday S Nunayon | Uche C Eboson

•This study presents an objective assessment of IEQ in university libraries.•The libraries' IEQ was poor, pointing to the need for interventions.•The mean indoor temperature ranged between 26 °C and...

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