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ASHRAE members now have free online access to Science and Technology for the Built Environment using their existing ASHRAE member login information. STBE is ASHRAE’s archival research publication offering comprehensive reporting of original research in science and technology related to the stationary and mobile built environment, including indoor environmental quality, thermodynamic and energy system dynamics, materials properties, refrigerants, renewable and traditional energy systems and related processes and concepts, integrated built environmental system design approaches and tools, simulation approaches and algorithms, building enclosure assemblies, and systems for minimizing and regulating space heating and cooling modes. The journal also features review articles that critically assess existing literature and point out future research directions.

Science and Technology for the Built Environment accepts for publication only works reporting on research that is original and of lasting value. This journal is published by Taylor & Francis Group on behalf of ASHRAE and included in the Web of Science® and Current Contents Connect® databases. Science and Technology for the Built Environment is available online and as a printed volume.

ASHRAE members’ access to STBE will benefit firms, contractors, and other researchers through increased research transparency and access to cutting-edge technical information and case studies.

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ASHRAE offers free online access and reduced print subscription rates to ASHRAE members.  Institutional and nonmember subscriptions can be obtained through Taylor & Francis.

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Subscriptions are Available in Print and Online Formats

Print Subscribers Receive:

  • Access to all 10 issues published online, plus semiannual print editions (June and December).
  • Unlimited online access to the downloadable version of the current issue.
  • Online access to all previous issues, dating back to the journal's inception in 1995.

Online Subscribers Receive:

  • Unlimited online access to the downloadable version of the current issue.
  • Online access to all previous issues, dating back to the journal's inception in 1995.

  • Subjects
  • Impact Factors and Rankings

    2016 Impact Factor: 0.928 (as HVAC&R Research); 0.880 (as STBE) 
    Ranking: 31/61 in Construction & Building Technology; 78/130 in Engineering, Mechanical; 36/58 in Thermodynamics
    2016 5-Year Impact Factor: 1.284 (as HVAC&R Research
    © 2017 Clarivate Analytics, 2017 Journal Citation Reports

    Google Scholar h5-index: 19 (as HVAC&R Research); 9 (as STBE
    Google Scholar h5-median: 23 (as HVAC&R Research); 11 (as STBE)

    CiteScore: 1.01
    Highest CiteScore Percentile: 66%
    CiteScore Rank: 50/149 in Building and Construction.

    About Journal Citation Reports
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  • Editors and Policy Committee


    • Reinhard Radermacher, PhD, Minta Martin Professor of Engineering and Director
      Center for Environmental Energy Engineering
      4164 Martin Hall of Engineering
      University of Maryland
      College Park, MD 20742-3035

    Associate Editors

    • Pradeep Bansal, PhD, Fellow ASHRAE, Director, Satya International, Greenwood, Mississippi, USA
    • J. Steven Brown, PE, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, USA
    • Malcolm John Cook, PhD, Professor, School of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University, Leicestershire, United Kingdom
    • Lorenzo Cremaschi, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, USA
    • Richard de Dear, PhD, Professor, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
    • Yong Chan Kim, PhD, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Korea University, Seoul, South Korea
    • Roberto Lamberts, Professor, University of Federal de Santa Catarina, Centro Technology, Engenharia Civil Campus Universitario, Trindade - Florianopolis, Brazil.
    • Chandra Sekhar, PhD, Professor, Department of Building, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore, Singapore
    • Jeffrey D. Spitler, PhD, Regents Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, USA
    • Jørn Toftum, PhD, Associate Professor, International Centre for Indoor Environment and Energy, Department of Civil Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark
    • Shengwei Wang, PhD, Chair Professor, Department of Building Services Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong
    • Jianshun "Jensen" Zhang, PhD, Professor and Director, Building Energy & Environmental Systems Laboratory (BEESL), Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USA
    • Yufeng Zhang, PhD, Professor, School of Architecture, South China University of Technology, P.R. China
    • Claudio Zilio, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Management and Engineering, University of Padova, Italy

    Managing Editor

    • Mary E. Collins Baugher, Assistant to the Director, 
      Center for Environmental Energy Engineering (CEEE), 
      Department of Mechanical Engineering, 
      University of Maryland, College Park, USA

    Policy Committee

    • Edward Tsui, Member ASHRAE, Chair
    • Julia Keen, PhD, Fellow ASHRAE, Vice Chair
    • Walid Chakroun, PhD, Fellow ASHRAE
    • Eckhard Groll, PhD, Fellow ASHRAE
    • Reinhard Radermacher, PhD, Fellow ASHRAE
    • W. Stephen Comstock, Associate Member ASHRAE
  • Manuscript Submissions

    For information on submitting to Science and Technology for the Built Environment, click here.

    Research prepared in connection with an ASHRAE research project that is submitted to and published in STBE may be selected for Open Access.