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HUMAN COMFORT IN BUILDINGS An Interdisciplinary Approach in a Time of Climate Change

“Human Comfort in Buildings 2021” is the first edition of the international conference series focused on comfort and well-being in buildings and urban environments.

This conference series is intended to be an interdisciplinary exchange platform for scientists and industrialists who are invited to present their research work and experiments and to engage in transversal collaborations for generating innovative, trailblazing approaches to the conventions of comfort. The objective is to contribute to the contextualization, improvement, and optimization of the individual’s overall comfort and well-being in all types of buildings, including green and low energy consumption buildings.

This first conference will focus on contextualizing, appraising, and connecting the thermal, mechanical, acoustical, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), and visual aspects of comfort under the concept of global comfort.

There is a significant pool of research work focused on individual or two combined dimensions of comfort. Yet, less work is integratively addressing the multi-dimensional aspects of comfort and the way they relate to people’s well-being.

In the context of rethinking the built environment to respond to the challenges of energy transition and the widespread use of building automation, it seems relevant to employ a comprehensive approach to the multi-dimensional aspects of comfort and well-being. Moreover, it is essential to follow through the findings to novel solutions and methodologies that can be integrated into the early stages of the building design process. Furthermore, the impact of global warming on buildings and the dramatic changes in weather conditions affect the comfort and security of the people in buildings and urban environments. 

Our goal is to engage and support scientists and industrialists in exploring and generating cutting-edge and innovative solutions for improving the comfort and well-being of people in the built environment.


“Human Comfort in Buildings 2021” Conference focuses on two tracks :

1. Comfort and its different components in the built environment.

  • Methods of comfort measurement;
  • The parametric approach to one aspect of comfort (indices, physical, physiological parameters measured, etc.);
  • Appraisal of the overall comfort and as related to specific types of comfort;
  • The human factors and how they relate to comfort: the psychological and physiological aspects, the ethnic, sociological, and geographical dimensions, etc.;
  • Comfort for vulnerable groups (disabled people, older people);
  • Integrating comfort in the design and conception of buildings;
  • New methodologies of estimating the comfort of an individual (metadata, big data, etc.).

2. Comfort: Impact of health crisis and climate change

  • The impact of confinement on comfort;
  • Impacts of climate change on different aspects of comfort (thermal, sanitary, acoustic, security);  
  • Relationship between comfort and adaptation of individuals to changes (health, climate);
  • Comfort and sustainable building: relationships and contextualization.


Olivier HORNER: “Agrégé” of Chemistry of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris-Saclay (1993), PhD in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Paris-Sud and CEA / Saclay on artificial photosynthesis (1998). Postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University (1998-1999). Assisant Professor in bio-inorganic chemistry at CEA / Grenoble Joseph Fourier University for five years. Accreditation to supervise research (HDR) (2005). Research Engineer for eight years at EDF R&D in the field of corrosion and as a project manager in the fields of environmental chemistry and microbiology. CR1 Researcher at CNRS in the field of functionalized nanoparticles (2007). Olivier Horner performs his research in the laboratory LISE (UMR CNRS 8235) at Sorbonne University (Paris, France).

Contact: Olivier HORNER, Full Professor, olivier.horner@epf.fr

Vincent BASECQ: graduate General Engineer of EIGSI in energy and environment (2010). PhD in Civil Engineering at La Rochelle University in LaSIE (2015). Vincent Basecq conducts his research in the field of heat in the BBC+ platform, he is associated to the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne for his research activity. His research interests include thermophysiological modeling and thermophysiological simulation (thermophysiological modeling coupled with an instrumented manikin); modeling of sensation and comfort; the thermal comfort of the building; the thermal comfort of the clothes; characterization of survival equipment and medical devices.

Contact : Vincent Basecq, Associate Professor, vincent.basecq@epf.fr

Guillaume POLIDORI: Guillaume Polidori is Professor of Fluid Mechanics at the University of Reims-Champagne-Ardenne. Hisresearch focuses on the visualization of convective flows and transfers, as well as the energy efficiency of buildings and user comfort. Until 2020, he headed the Research Group in Engineering Sciences (GRESPI EA 4694). This strong unit of 50 assistant professors hosts 30-40 doctoral students, and federates research in the fields of mechanics, thermics, biomechanics and health, materials and process engineering.

Contact: Guillaume POLIDORI, full Professor, guillaume.polidori@univ-reims.fr

Abdelatif MERABTINE: Abdelatif Merabtine received in 2008 an engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering at the National Technical University (Algiers). He then obtained a Master degree in Energetics and Propulsion Aerospace at the University of Paris Ouest (Nanterre) and a PhD from the University of Lorraine (Nancy) in the field of energy the building. Abdelatif Merabtine conducts its research at the University of Reims Champagne-Ardennes (France). His research activities concern the study of the energy behavior of the envelope and energy systems related to the building for energy optimization.

Contact: Abdelatif MERABTINE, Associate Professor, abdelatif.merabtine@epf.fr

Dana OPRISAN: Dana OPRISAN is Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) and Architect. She obtained her medical degree from Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy (1999, Bucharest, Romania) and Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Architecture from Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism (2009, Bucharest, Romania). She then obtained a Master’s degree Master of Science in Sustainable Design (Environmental Design/Architecture) from the Catholic University of America (2016) and a Certificate of Healthcare Facilities Planning and Design from Cornell University (2017). She LEED and Evidence-Based Design certified, she lectures and works as a researcher and consultant for the Biophilic Practice Group, Capital Nature, Washington DC. Since 2018, she is an Adjunct Professor at Marymount University (Arlington VA). Her research activities are focused on the impact of the built environment on human health and well-being and on translating the findings into innovative, human-centered, and environmentally responsible design solutions. 

Contact: Dana OPRISAN, MD, AIA Intl. LEED AP BD+C, EDAC. mdoprisan@gmail.com

Jean-Michel NICOLLE: After a master’s degree in economics, Jean-Michel NICOLLE graduated from the IAE (Institute of Business Administration) in Paris in 1977, obtained a DEA in management from the University of Paris 1 in 1978 and began a doctoral training. In 1982, he graduated in economics and management. In 1985, he obtained a diploma in public accounting. Jean-Michel Nicolle has been at the head of EPF, a graduate school of engineering, since January 2008. He has also been vice-president of the Cdefi (Conference of Directors of French Engineering Schools) since September 2018.

Contact: Jean-Michel NICOLLE, Head of EPF, jean-michel.nicolle@epf.fr

Arnaud D’ABOVILLE: graduate engineer of the Naval School, then graduated from higher military education, Arnaud D’Aboville spent most of his career within the Ministry of Defense, where he assumed command functions, management of operational projects, and diplomatic relations within several international structures or embassies in Europe. He also assumed academic responsibilities in the direction of an MBA in defense and strategy. He is the Director of the EPF campus in Troyes.

Contact: Arnaud D’ABOVILLE, Director of the EPF of Troyes, arnaud.daboville@epf.fr

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