The Journal of Building Engineering (JOBE) is an interdisciplinary journal that covers all aspects of science and technology concerned with the whole life cycle of the built environment; from the design phase through to construction, operation, performance, maintenance and its deterioration. JOBE only publishes papers where significant scientific novelty is clearly demonstrated.

The journal will cover, but is not limited to, the following topics:

• Building Energy demand and management
• Building maintenance
• Building materials
• Building pathology
• Building performance
• Building retrofitting and energy efficiency
• Climate responsive architectural design
• Coatings and claddings
• Computer aided-design and simulation
• Construction technology and engineering
• Energy demand and management
• Energy efficiency (building envelope and system)
• Life cycle Assessment
• Environmental engineering design
• Facade and envelope engineering
• Facilities management and operation
• Fire safety engineering
• Health and wellbeing
• HVAC systems
• Indoor Environmental quality (acoustic, visual, thermal, moisture, air quality)
• Inspection and diagnosis
• Intelligent buildings (operation and control)
• Renewable energy applications (solar, daylight, wind)
• Retrofit and refurbishment of existing buildings
• Service life prediction
• Strengthening and rehabilitation
• Structural analysis
• Structural assessment
• Structural design
• Structural health monitoring
• Structural testing
• Sustainable design and operation
• Sustainable construction
• Whole life cost

Technical notes on projects, codes and standards are also welcomed.

Please do not contact the Editors for a status check of your manuscript as they handle a large number of submissions and unfortunately cannot answer all status requests. Please rather use the Track your submission option for this purpose. If your paper has been sent out for review, the Editors have to wait for the invited reviewers to agree to review the paper. Once the reviewers have kindly agreed to review the paper, they are requested to deliver their reviews within 21 days, however delays do occur unfortunately and this is not always possible. The Editors are aware of delayed manuscripts and reminders are sent to the reviewers of delayed papers to ask them to please upload their reviews at their earliest convenience. Once the Editors receive the required number of reviews they are then able to swiftly make their decision on a manuscript.

Authors can rest assured that Editors are using all their resources to make the revision and publication process as swift as possible.

Author duties: Acceptance of a manuscript for publication in the journal carries with it an understanding that the author, when requested, will fulfill an obligation to contribute their expertise to the review of others' manuscripts. Authors are also requested to suggest 3 independent referees together with their institutional email addresses. The named possible referees must not be from their own institution and some should be from different countries.

Editorial board


  • J. de Brito PhD
    University of Lisbon Higher Technical Institute, Lisboa, Portugal
  • J. M. LaFave Ph.D.
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois, United States
  • R. Yao Ph.D.
    University of Reading, Reading, UK; Chongqing University, Chongqing, China

Associate Editor

  • Q. Wei
    Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
  • M. Shin PhD, PE
    Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Ulsan, Korea, Republic of
  • Paulina Faria PhD
    New University of Lisbon Faculty of Science and Technology, Caparica, Portugal
  • C. Du PhD
    Chongqing University, Chongqing, China
  • V. Costanzo PhD
    University of Catania, Catania, Italy
  • C. Thomas PhD
    University of Cantabria, Laboratory of Materials Science and Engineering, Santander, Spain

Editorial Board Members

  • G. Baird
    Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
  • L. A. Bisby
    The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • G. Cao
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
  • V. Corinaldesi
    Polytechnic University of Marche, Ancona, Italy
  • B. Daniotti
    Polytechnic of Milan, Milano, Italy
  • T. Day
    Tyndall National Institute, Cork, Ireland
  • L. Di Sarno
    University of Sannio, Benevento, Italy
  • E. A. Essah
    University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom
  • M.C. Forde
    The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • G. Habert
    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland
  • P. Heiselberg
    Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark
  • J. Ingham
    The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
  • K. Jones
    Anglia Ruskin University Department of Engineering and the Built Environment, Chelmsford, United Kingdom
  • H.M. Kipen
    Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, New Jersey, United States
  • R. Kosonen
    Aalto University, Espoo, Finland
  • A. Lacasse PhD, P.Eng.
    National Research Council Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • B. Li
    Chongqing University, Chongqing, China
  • X. Li PhD
    Tsinghua University Department of Building Science and Technology, Beijing, China
  • M. Liu
    Chongqing University, Chongqing, China
  • P.B. Lourenço
    University of Minho Department of Civil Engineering, Guimaraes, Portugal
  • A. Memari
    Pennsylvania State University, University Park, United States
  • J. Mohelnikova
    Brno University of Technology, Brno, Czech Republic
  • S. Natarajan PhD
    University of Bath Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Bath, England, United Kingdom
  • A. C. Oliveira
    University of Porto, Porto, Portugal
  • J. Restrepo
    University of California San Diego Department of Structural Engineering, San Diego, California, United States
  • J.P. Rodrigues
    University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
  • C. A. Short
    University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • R. Siddique Ph.D. (BITS), Post-doc (UWM-USA), M.ASCE
    Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala, India
  • K. Steemers
    University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • A. Tadeu
    Institute for Research and Technological Development in Construction Energy Environment and Sustainability, Coimbra, Portugal
  • V. W. Y. Tam
    Western Sydney University, School of Built Environment, Kingswood, Australia
  • L. Villegas
    University of Cantabria Department of Structural and Mechanical Engineering, Santander, Spain
  • J. Xiao
    Tongji University, Shanghai, China
  • H. Yoshino
    Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan