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The global demand for energy has been increasing at a rapid pace over the last several decades. The buildings in which we live and work are responsible for a major share of our energy and resource usage. In the US, 39% of national energy use, 68% of electricity consumption, and 12% of water consumption is attributed to buildings (source: EPA), making them the single largest energy sink ahead of transportation and industry. In recent years, the rising costs of using fossil fuels, and the growing awareness of their impact on global warming, have led to concerted efforts to make buildings "greener."

The emerging multidisciplinary field of green buildings encompasses various aspects of the building life cycle, including construction, renovation, operation, maintenance, and demolition. This special issue is motivated by, and focused on, the growing use of technologies that are relevant to the Design & Test community—embedded computing, cyber-physical systems, sensor networks, and design methodologies and principles inspired by electronic design—in this area. There is growing consensus that these technologies are key to solving the challenges involved in making buildings greener.

IEEE Design & Test seeks original manuscripts for this special issue. Emphasis will be placed on novel contributions that include experiences from real systems, and address the broad D&T audience, which consists of both researchers and practitioners. The topics of interest include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Sensing and evaluating resource consumption in buildings (electricity, water, gas)
  • Building modeling and automation
  • Intelligent control for improving building energy efficiency
  • Reducing energy footprint of electronics and computing devices within buildings
  • Integration of buildings into a smart grid—communication, protocols, hardware, and software support

Submission and review procedures

Prospective authors should follow the submission guidelines for IEEE Design & Test. All manuscripts must be submitted electronically to the IEEE Manuscript Central Web site at Indicate that you are submitting your article to the special issue on "Green Buildings." All articles will undergo the standard IEEE Design & Test review process. Submitted manuscripts must not have been previously published or currently submitted for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts must not exceed 5,000 words, including figures (with each average-size figure counting as 200 words) and a maximum of 12 References (30 for surveys). This amounts to about 4,000 words of text and a maximum of five small to medium figures. Accepted articles will be edited for clarity, structure, conciseness, grammar, logical organization, readability, and adherence to D&T and Computer Society style. Please see IEEE D&T Author Resources at, then scroll down and click on Author Center for submission guidelines and requirements.


  • Submissions due: 20 January 2012
  • Reviews completed: 23 March 2012
  • Revisions due (if needed): 20 April 2012
  • Notice of final acceptance: 4 May 2012
  • All materials due for edit: 18 May 2012
  • Publication date: July/August 2012


Please direct questions regarding this special issue to Guest Editors Yuvraj Agarwal ( and Anand Raghunathan (

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