Special issue on Circularity of Glass


Glass is intricately linked with facades, as it provides transparency, views and daylight, while separating interiors and exteriors and providing protection from the elements. Glass as a material has the potential to be fully circular; Already, a multitude of approaches balancing innovation and environmental impact can be found in industry and academia. From energy efficient float lines powered by alternative fuels to the collection of secondary resources and products with high recycled content to the reuse of glass sheets to become a new window or cladding panel. Most of these are currently prototypes and require upscaling to support the transition to a circular economy. New data structures are needed to find and process secondary used materials faster and more efficiently.

New processes must be established to facilitate novel forms of collaboration that include all stakeholders and leverage the evolving capabilities of machines.

Procedures to assess the quality of used materials need to be investigated and integrated into standard processes.

The Special Issue on the Circularity of Glass of the Journal of Facade Design and Engineering will review the process, products and approaches that have worked well towards the circular use of glass related to facade design and construction and investigate how they can be suitable for upscaling and ready to be adapted in a different context.

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We welcome submissions regarding the circular use of glass and facades, including but not limited to the following topics:

Secondary Resources

- Smart repair

- Urban Mining

- Reuse (i.e.reuse of windows, glass and frame material for the same or similar purpose)

- Recycling

Material Recovery Systems & Energy

- Collecting material decentral/ central

- Leasing models

- Means to decrease the energy demand and shift to renewable energy

Design for Disassembly & Product Development

- Machines for disassembly

- Access to resources after a use phase

Data and communication

- Information structure between stakeholders over time

- Data management systems

- Environmental data

- Methods to communicate data and environmental information


Guest Editors

Dr. Lisa Rammig, Director,  Eckersley O'Callaghan, USA

Prof. Dr. Linda Hildebrand, Professor for Reuse in Architecture, RWTH Aachen, Germany


Manuscript submission information:

- Open for Submission: From 15 May 2024 to 31 July 2024

- Submission Site: https://jfde.eu/index.php/jfde/about/submissions

- Section"SI Circularity of Glass " - please select this item when you submit manuscripts online

- Please consult the Author’s guidelines and use the Article template during your submission preparation.

For any inquiries about the appropriateness of contribution topics, welcome to contact the guest editors: Linda Hildebrand [email protected] and Lisa Rammig [email protected]

For questions on the submission and editorial process, please contact [email protected]