The Human-Oriented Built Environment Lab HOBEL

The Human-Oriented Built Environment Lab (HOBEL) is the research laboratory of Dr. Dusan Licina within the smart living lab in the School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC) at EPFL.

The focus of HOBEL is centered on advancing the knowledge of the intersections between people and the built environment with an aim to ensure high indoor environmental quality for building occupants with minimum energy input.

The key mission of HOBEL is to improve the knowledge in the domains of indoor air quality, assessment of human exposure to airborne pollutants, dynamics and fate of pollutants in buildings, advanced energy efficient ventilation systems and controls, tools and methods for enhanced building environmental monitoring, thermal comfort of humans and their behavior.

Ventilation systems should be improved in crowded indoor environments. © iStock

239 scientists call for further COVID-19 measures

— In an open letter, the scientists claim that COVID-19 can be transmitted through the air and call on the World Health Organization (WHO) and political leaders to step up their preventive measures. Two environmental scientists from EPFL, Athanasios Nenes and Dusan Licina, are among the signatories.

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Vanessa Ciherean joins HOBEL team

— In March 2020, Vanessa Ciherean joined the HOBEL team as a new lab administrative assistant. Vanessa has a degree in General History from the University of Geneva.

Researchers say regular monitoring of indoor air quality would be necessary.© iStock

Indoor air quality merits closer attention

— A study covering all of French-speaking Switzerland found that energy-efficient renovation work on residential buildings tends to overlook the question of indoor air quality. The study’s authors, mainly from EPFL and the School of Engineering and Architecture of Fribourg (HEIA-FR), have called for greater attention to this issue.

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Dusan Licina becomes a member of the editorial board of Indoor Air

— After receiving invitation from journal editor Prof. Yuguo Li, Dusan Licina became a member of the editorial board of the prestigious Indoor Air journal (Impact Factor 4.71).

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Evangelos BELIAS joins HOBEL group as new Doctoral Assistant

— Evangelos BELIAS joined HOBEL in November 2019 as Doctoral Assistant after 2 years of field experience after acquiring "Diploma" degree (Equivalent of BSc & MSc) in Civil Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2017).

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Seoyeon Yun newly appointed at HOBEL group as a PhD student in 2019

— Seoyeon Yun joined HOBEL in November 2019 as a PhD student after receiving her Master degree in Interior Architecture & Human Built Environment in Yonsei University from South Korea (2018). 

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