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I want to help people to feel good in buildingswhich should support their health and wellbeing.   

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Lada Hensen Centnerová is a researcher and teacher in the Building Physics and Services unit of the Department of the Built Environment. She is Operational Director of PDEng program Smart Buildings & Cities. Her research focuses on indoor environment quality (especially thermal comfort and indoor air quality), how this would affect health and wellbeing, and how this can be optimized in design and operation of buildings. As an indoor environment expert she wants to make people feel better in buildings. In her view buildings primarily exist to provide a good indoor environment; sustainability and fossil energy consumption are important considerations but secondary. 

Lada Hensen Centnerová graduated from the Slovak University of Technology Bratislava in Civil Engineering with specialization Building Services Systems. She became assistant professor in the Department of Microenvironmental and Building Services Engineering, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague.  In 2001 she was awarded the PhD degree by the Czech Technical University in Prague. Her research was about empirical verification of adaptive and traditional model of thermal comfort and about simulation based prediction of building energy consumption consequences of adaptive instead of traditional thermal comfort approaches in countries with temperate climates such as the Czech Republic and the Netherlands.

Her current research focuses on indoor environment quality, especially thermal comfort and indoor air quality and their relation to health and wellbeing in dwellings.

Academic background

Lada Hensen Centnerová graduated in Civil Engineering at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava (Slovakia) with specialization in Building Services Systems in 1992. She then became assistant professor in the Department of Microenvironmental and Building Services Engineering at the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague (Czechia), where she obtained her PhD degree in 2001In 2016 she started working at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e, the Netherlands), initially as a project manager at the Smart Cities Program and since January 2018 as an assistant professor in the Building Physics and Services unit of the Department of the Built Environment. Next to this function, she started as operational manager of the PDEng program Smart Buildings & Cities in 2019. In this capacity, she is responsible for the daily operation of the post-master PDEng designers program Smart Buildings & Cities (SB&C) of the Stan Ackermans Insitute. Also, she is the current president of the Dutch chapter of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ.nl) and vice-president of REHVA (the Federation of European Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning associations) since May 2022.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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