Eco-efficient Materials for Reducing Cooling Needs in Buildings and Construction

Eco-efficient Materials for Reducing Cooling Needs in Buildings and Construction

Design, Properties and Applications

1st Edition - October 5, 2020

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  • Editors: Fernando Pacheco-Torgal, Lech Czarnecki, Anna Pisello, Luisa Cabeza, Claes Goran-Granqvist
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128207918
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128209431

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Eco-efficient Materials for Reducing Cooling Needs in Buildings and Construction: Design, Properties and Applications provides a comprehensive review on building envelope materials and technologies for reducing cooling needs in buildings. The book offers in-depth analysis of the performance of new innovative materials and technologies used in pavements, facade and roofing materials, PCMs and chromogenic smart materials. Includes practical case study examples of their applications in building and construction. The book is an essential reference resource for researchers, architects and civil engineers, city planners, product developers, manufacturers, and other professionals working in eco-efficient cooling materials and sustainable and zero-energy building design.

Key Features

  • Offers a comprehensive review of building envelope materials and technologies for reducing cooling needs
  • Features practical case studies, which are fundamental for building design and applications
  • Provides in-depth analysis of performance for different materials and technologies
  • Features brand new chapters on pavements, facade and roofing materials, PCMs and chromogenic smart materials


Researchers, architects and civil engineers, city planners and product developers and manufacturers and other professionals working in eco-efficient cooling materials and sustainable and zero energy building design

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction

    2. High albedo Pavements
    3. Performance of thermochromic asphalt
    4. Pavements withn PCMs

    5. Quantitative approximation of shading-induced cooling by climber green wall based on multiple-iterative radiation pathways
    6. Experimental study on geometric configuration and evaporative cooling potential of brick elements
    7. A geothermal and an evaporative system for building walls
    8. Cooling techniques in reducing overheating of clay-straw building in semi-arid climate
    9. Multi-layer glass and BIPV facade structures

    10. Green roofs as passive system to moderate buildings cooling requirements and UHI effects: assessments by means of experimental data
    11. Thermal evaluation of building roofs with conventional and reflective coatings
    12. Active and passive systems for cool roofs

    13. Bio based PCMs for reducing cooling needs
    14. Performance of bricks with PCMs in India
    15. Influence of novel PCMs based strategies on building cooling
    16. Optically smart thin material for building cooling
    17. An overview of the performance of thermochromic glazing
    18. Performance of thermochromic windows

Product details

  • No. of pages: 484
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2020
  • Published: October 5, 2020
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128207918
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128209431

About the Editors

Fernando Pacheco-Torgal

Fernando Pacheco-Torgal
F.Pacheco Torgal is a Principal Investigator at C-TAC Research Centre, University of Minho. He holds the Counsellor title of the Portuguese Engineers Association. Authored almost 350 publications some that were cited by Highly Cited authors (SCI h-index>60) and in high impact factor journals like Nature Reviews Mat. (IF=52), Nature Energy (IF=47), Progress in Mater. Science (I.F=24), Physics Reports (IF=20) and Nature Climate Change (I.F=19). Citations received in ISI WoS journals-2819 (h-index=29), citations received in Scopus journals- 3580 (h-index=31). Citations prediction for the year 2029 (around 5.500 citations on WoS, 7.500 on Scopus (already has 7000 MR, h=45) and 16.000 citations on scholar google). Member of the editorial board of 9 international journals, 4 referenced on the Web of Science and three referenced on Scopus. Grant assessor for several scientific institutions in 14 countries, UK, US, Netherlands, China, France, Australia, Croatia, Kazakhstan, Belgium, Spain, Czech Republic, Saudi Arabia, UA.Emirates, Poland and also the EU Commission. Invited reviewer for 133 international journals for which he reviewed so far almost 900 papers. Lead Editor of 19 international books (9 being on the Master Book List of Web of Science).

Affiliations and Expertise

Principal Investigator, C-TAC Research Centre, University of Minho, Portugal

Lech Czarnecki

Prof. Lech Czarnecki PhD, D.Sc. – is the Scientific Secretary of Building Research Institute, ITB, former the Head of the Building Materials Engineering Department of (1981-2011) and the Vice-Rector for academic affairs ( 2002 – 2005 ) of Warsaw University of Technology. He was the President of International Congress on Polymers in Concrete (2006-2011). Professor was awarded “for eminent activities in new frontiers of building materials engineering” by the Society of Materials Engineering for Resources of Japan in 2009 and “for distinguished service and leadership in the field of polymers in concrete” Owen Nutt Award in 2004.Author of more than 250 publications and Department editor of Bulletin of Polish Academy Science Technical Science.

Affiliations and Expertise

Building Research Institute, ITB, Warsaw, Poland

Anna Pisello

Chemical engineer from the Institut Químic de Sarrià in 1992, industrial engineer from University Ramon Llull in 1993, master in industrial business management in 1995, and doctor industrial engineer in 1996 from the same university. Post-doctoral researcher at the Eastern Regional Research Center (ARS, USDA) in Philadelphia, USA between 1996 and 1998. Since 1999 at the University of Lleida, where she created the research group GREA Innovació Concurrent, recognized as a SGR group in 2004 (today GREiA 2017SGR1537), TECNIO group in 2007 and with international prestige in the field of thermal energy storage. From 2014 to 2018, she was a visiting professor at the Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environmental, School of the Built Environment, University of Ulster. She has published more than 350 indexed articles and participated in more than 250 conferences. She has co-edited 5 research books and is the author of one, in addition to publishing 15 book chapters. She has participated or coordinated more than 30 research and innovation projects (local, national, European or international), most of them with participation of industry. All her research career led her to become a Spanish representative in the Horizon 2020 Energy Committee Challenge 3 and in the ECES Implementing Agreement of the International Energy Agency, and she has participated in the drafting of 2 IPCC reports (SREEN and AR5), participating in the currently, in the third as CLA (AR6). In the teaching field, throughout all these years, at the University of Lleida, she has taught in the degrees of Industrial Technical Engineering, mechanical specialty, Technical Architecture, Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Degree in Electronic Engineering, Master in Applied Sciences for Engineering, Master in Industrial Engineering and Master in Computer Engineering from the Higher Polytechnic School of the University of Lleida since 1999. Previously, her teaching activity was at the Institut Químic de Sarrià and at the UPC, although for a limited time.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Lleida, Spain

Luisa Cabeza

Luisa F. Cabeza is Professor at the University of Lleida (Spain) where she leads the GREA research group. She has co-authored over 100 journal papers and several book chapters. Luisa F. Cabeza received her PhD in Industrial Engineering in 1996 from the University Ramon Llull, Barcelona, Spain. She also holds degrees in Chemical Engineering (1992) and in Industrial Engineering (1993), as well as an MBA (1995) from the same University. Her interests include the different TES technologies (sensible, latent and thermochemical), applications (buildings, industry, refrigeration, CSP, etc.), and social aspects. She also acts as subject editor of the journals Renewable Energy, and Solar Energy.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, University of Lleida, Spain

Claes Goran-Granqvist

Claes Goran-Granqvist is Professor in the Department of Engineering Science at Uppsala University, Sweden. Professor Granqvist's research is focused on optical and electrical properties of materials, especially thin films for energy efficiency and solar energy utilization. He has published around 730 research papers in mostly refereed journals, over 30 books, had invited conference presentations at about 250 international conferences and chaired about 30 international meetings.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of Engineering Science, Uppsala University, Sweden

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