Thermal Engineering for the Built Environment Laboratory TEBEL

TEBEL focuses on a holistic approach to reduce energy use for all possible forms of thermal conditioning necessary for buildings and urban districts

The mission of TEBEL is to contribute to the overall energy reduction goal of the society and to advance thermal engineering for the built environment by undertaking a multidimensional approach:

  • Integrated design of building services such as heating, ventilation & air-conditioning (HVAC), hot water supply, and building envelope
  • Harvest the waste heat at the building and district level to re-use it for pre-heating needs of buildings and, thus, reduce necessary heat production
  • Advance understanding of the dynamic demand profiles such as water usage and indoor temperature settings in buildings by analyzing the behavior of occupants, their preferences, satisfaction, and interaction with building systems
  • Intelligent control of thermal conditioning technologies via human-building interaction accounting for comfort and well-being of individual occupants
  • Optimization of the design and operation of thermal engineering systems by solving multi-objective problems to satisfy the optimum combined thermodynamic efficiency, environmental impact, and cost
  • Define practical limitations of current thermal conditioning technologies to guide the development of thermal engineering in Smart Buildings of the Future

TEBEL is a research group within the smart living lab, which is a cutting-edge, inter-disciplinary, and interinstitutional platform focusing on sustainable buildings and well-being of occupants. Smart living lab concentrates its research on four core areas such as energy systems, construction techniques, interactions and design processes, well-being and behaviors.