Building Simulation: An International Journal solicits papers for a topical issue on Fire Safety of complex buildings (tall buildings, tunnels, subways, etc.)

Dear Colleagues,

Urbanization has accelerated in the last few decades. To relieve the increasing pressure on the traffic congestion and inefficient use of space, more and more complex structures are built, such as high-rise buildings, city underground tunnels and subways, etc. Wide attention has been paid to the fire safety of these complex buildings owing to the occurrences of many disastrous fire accidents reported all over the world. The fire incidents taking place in these critical city infrastructures can be catastrophic, for instances, the Grenfell Tower fire (2017) in London causing 72 deaths, the high-rise apartment fire on Jiaozhou road in Shanghai (2010) causing 58 fatalities, the Beijing Television Cultural Center fire (2009) resulting in more than 4 billion yuan (US$588 million) in economic loss. Complex buildings have enforced severe and unique challenges to the fire safety related to their super large and complex configurations, the use of new materials, the complex human evacuation procedures and the fire safety precautions.

To further improve the current knowledge of fire safety in complex buildings, a topical issue, entitled “Fire Safety of complex buildings (tall buildings, tunnels, subways, etc.)”, was proposed for the prestigious journal Building Simulation, which is indexed in Science Citation Index (Impact Factor 2019: 2.472) and Scopus (CiteScore 2019: 4.2). This topical issue mainly covers original research studies, including, but not limited to the following topics:

  • Compartment fire dynamics
  • Smoke movement and control 
  • Building Fire Investigation Case Studies
  • Ignition and fire spread on building materials and assemblies
  • Human evacuation
  • Structural response and protection in building 
  • Building fire standards
  • Performance based design and case study of building fire protection

Papers selected for this topical issue are subject to a rigorous peer review procedure before being rapidly and widely disseminated.

We sincerely invite you to submit your original work to this topical issue and are looking forward to sharing your outstanding research outcomes with the peers around the world.

Paper submissions: When preparing your manuscript, please follow the Instructions for Authors of Building Simulation, which can be downloaded from the journal website (

Submit your paper online at and mark “Topical Issue on Fire Safety of complex buildings (tall buildings, tunnels, subways, etc.)” in your manuscript.

Important Dates:

  • Submission deadline of full papers: April 15, 2021
    Manuscripts submitted before the deadline will be sent for review immediately, and once accepted, will be available online as soon as possible.
  • Completion of the first‐round review: May 31, 2021
  • Submission deadline of revised papers: June 30, 2021
  • Final notification: July 30, 2021
  • Issue published: August, 2021

Guest Editors:

Editorial Office

Jie Ji, University of Science and Technology of China, China,

Anthony Hamins, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA,

Simo Hostikka, Aalto University, Finland,

Mehdi Jangi, University of Birmingham, UK,

Futoshi Tanaka, University of Fukui, Japan,

Long Ding, University of Science and Technology of China, China,