ASHRAE expands scope, renames journal

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Atlanta —  In recognition of the changing role of HVAC&R since it was first published 20 years ago, ASHRAE’s HVAC&R Research has a new title, an expanded scope and an updated look.

Beginning in January 2015, the journal will be known as Science and Technology for the Built Environment. All manuscripts in process now will be published in the journal under its new name. Learn more at

“This new name reflects its expanded scope, which includes papers in many areas of science and technology for the built environment,” Reinhard Radermacher, Journal editor, said. “In addition to traditional areas of research in HVAC&R, the Journal’s papers now often cover topics that have come to be associated with the industry since the Journal was first published in 1995. These include smart buildings, thermal comfort, aircraft ventilation and automotive climate technology. Science and Technology for the Built Environment will offer comprehensive reporting of original research in science and technology related to the stationary and mobile built environment.”

Future article topics include:

• Indoor environmental quality, occupant health, comfort and productivity
• HVAC&R and related technologies
• Thermodynamic and energy system dynamics, controls, optimization, fault detection and diagnosis, smart systems and building demand-side management
• Experiments and analysis related to material properties, underlying thermodynamics, refrigerants, fluid dynamics, airflow, and heat and mass transfer
• Renewable and traditional energy systems and related processes and concepts
• Integrated built environmental system design approaches and tools
• Novel simulation approaches and algorithms and validated simulations
• Building enclosure materials, assemblies, and systems for minimizing and/or regulating space heating and cooling modes
• Review articles that critically assess existing literature and point out future research directions

Just as before with HVAC&R Research, Science and Technology for the Built Environment will accept for publication only works reporting on research that is original and of lasting value. This journal will continue to be published by Taylor & Francis Group on behalf of ASHRAE and be included in the Web of Science and Current Contents Connect databases.

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