This new ASME Journal of Engineering for Sustainable Buildings and Cities (JESBC) of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) responds to the convergence of growing interests and need to meet our aspirations for sustainable living in the context of a changing society and the natural system. Buildings and cities are at the center of the revolution of low-carbon societies as a key solution to reduce the risks associated with a warming planet and as a source for innovation for productive and healthy human living. The building sector also remains a key component of the global economy. The construction, operation, and maintenance of these spaces represent more than $1T/year in the United States economy alone and more than 40% of the total energy consumed globally while more than 70% in large cities [1–3]. As a result of this surge to achieve...

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