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.

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HOBEL's project on human emissions featured in La Liberté

— An international team led by principal investigator Dusan Licina and PhD student Marouane Merizak, together with collaborators from Danish Technical University, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and Finnish institute for Health and Welfare is pursing a SNSF-funded project titled: "Constituents of Human Particle, Microbial and Chemical Emissions, Dispersal Mechanisms and Exposures in Indoor Environments".

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Plenary talk on the future of green buildings

— Prof. Dusan Licina was amongst several keynote speakers featured at the Indoor Air 2022 conference in Finland. His presentation was titled: The future of Indoor Environmental Quality in Green-Certified Buildings”.

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Prof. Dusan Licina awarded with prestigious Yaglou award

— Dusan Licina, Head of the Human-Oriented Built Environment Lab (HOBEL) at EPFL Fribourg, has just received the Yaglou Award at the 17th International Conference of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality & Climate in Finland.

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HOBEL members contribute to IA2022

— HOBEL lab took active participation at the recent Indoor Air 2022 conference in Finland. Indoor Air 2022 the 17th International Conference of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality & Climate is organized by University of Eastern Finland together with Finnish Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate which was originally founded to organize the Indoor Air 1993 conference.

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Meixia Zhang joins HOBEL as a visiting PhD student

— Meixia Zhang , a fourth-year doctoral student from Mechanical Engineering in Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), China, joined HOBEL in April 2022 as a visiting doctoral student after receiving the scholarship from China Scholarship Council (CSC).

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HOBEL won EPFL Science Seed Fund!

— "Exploring the unintended consequences of air cleaning chemistry" proposed by the head of HOBEL – Dusan Licina won EPFL Science Seed Fund! EPFL Science Seed Fund is a funds from EPFL Presidency to foster scientific exchange and encourage new collaborations in 2022. Only eight projects were selected in 2022.

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