Ezra's Round Table / Systems Seminar: Tianzhen Hong (Berkeley Lab)


Frank H. T. Rhodes Hall 253


Modeling Buildings across scales for Decarbonization and Resiliency

Globally buildings consume more than one-third of primary energy and produce about 30% of GHG emissions. Decarbonizing the building sector is essential to achieving global carbon-neutral economy. Meanwhile, the more frequent and more intense extreme weather events coincident with grid power outages pose serious health risks to residents. This talk illustrates the use of building energy modeling to identify and evaluate technologies, strategies, and human factors for improving energy efficiency, demand flexibility and thermal resiliency of buildings at the district and city scales to support the global transition of building decarbonization.

Dr. Tianzhen Hong is a senior scientist with the Building Technology and Urban Systems Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His research employs interdisciplinary approaches to explore technologies and human factors for planning, design and operation of energy efficient, demand flexible, and climate resilient buildings across scales. He is an IBPSA Fellow, ASHRAE Fellow, and Highly Cited Researcher. He led the development of two building energy software CBES and CityBES which won the R&D 100 Awards in 2019 and 2022. He received B.Eng. and Ph.D. in HVACR, and B.Sc. in applied mathematics from Tsinghua University, China.