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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How your clothes influence the air you breathe

— Dusan Licina, a tenure-track assistant professor at the Smart Living Lab, EPFL Fribourg, has taken a critical look at how much we really know about our exposure to particles and chemicals transported by our clothing. His study concludes that further research is needed and opens up new areas of investigation. 

Series of lectures in Germany

— Dusan Licina (HOBEL) was invited to give a visiting lecture to students of Weimar University in Weimar, as well as to scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, both in December 2018.

Shen Yang joined HOBEL group as a postdoc scientist in 2018

— Shen Yang joined HOBEL in December 2018 as a postdoc scientist after receiving his PhD in Building Science and Technology from Tsinghua University, China in July 2018.

Viviana Gonzalez joins the HOBEL team

— Viviana González joined the HOBEL group as a doctoral assistant in 2018


— Dusan Licina (HOBEL) was invited to give a keynote talk at the SIMUREX scientific school held at INES and Aussois, France, in October 2018. The SIMUREX addresses SIMUlation and EXperimentation of the energy performance of buildings and role of humans in building sciences.

Indoor Air 2018 – Symposium on clothing-mediated exposures

— Along with other three speakers, Dusan Licina (HOBEL) hosted a conference symposium titled “Clothing and other textiles as mediators of personal exposure to indoor pollutants”, held at Indoor Air 2018 conference in Philadelphia (USA), in July 2018.

Interview: Dusan Licina, new Assistant Professor at smart living lab

— Dusan Licina was appointed as Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Indoor Environmental Quality at the School for Architecture, Civil, and Environmental Engineering (ENAC) at EPFL. He leads the new smart living lab's research group Human-Oriented Built Environment Lab (HOBEL) in Fribourg since 1 June 2018.

ASHRAE honors Dusan Licina

— Dusan Licina, Head of the Human-Oriented Built Environment Lab (HOBEL) at smart living lab, has just received the Ralph G. Nevins Physiology & Human Environment Award at the ASHRAE Annual Conference on 23-27.06.2018 in Houston.