The Human-Oriented Built Environment Lab HOBEL

“Buildings of the future must not be only energy efficient, but they should also contribute to “Michelin Star” air quality”

“Buildings of the future must not be only energy efficient, but they should also contribute to “Michelin Star” air quality”

The Human-Oriented Built Environment Lab (HOBEL) is the research laboratory of Prof. Dusan Licina within the Smart Living Lab in the School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC) at EPFL Fribour.

HOBEL strives to advance the knowledge of the intersections between people and buildings by ensuring high indoor environmental quality for building occupants with minimum energy consumption. HOBEL’s mission is to improve the knowledge in the domains of dynamics and fate of air pollutants in buildings, human inhalation exposures, smart ventilation systems and controls, and more broadly, human comfort and energy efficiency in the built environment. We pursue our goals through a combination of laboratory and field experiments, modeling, data analysis, and at times numerical simulations, ranging from the human scale to the building and even urban scale.

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Sarah Crosby joins HOBEL group as a new PostDoc

— Dr. Sarah Crosby joined HOBEL in March 2023 as a postdoctoral researcher. She received her PhD degree from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

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Are Energy and IEQ in Conflict for Healthy Buildings?

— Prof. Dusan Licina was a guest speaker in a live Indoor Environment Show along with Prof. Ulla Haverinen-Shaughnessy

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Bowen Du joins HOBEL group as a new PostDoc

— Bowen Du joined HOBEL in October 2022 as a postdoctoral researcher. He received his PhD degree from University of Toronto, Canada and his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Tongji University, China.

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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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