Staff Scientist and Principal Investigator
Building Technology and Urban Systems Division, LBNL
Building performance simulation can be a powerful tool to support the design and operation of low energy buildings and communities. In this talk, Dr. Hong will share his experience in research, development and application of building performance simulation in the building life cycle. He will introduce latest development of EnergyPlus, and discuss opportunities and challenges of modeling existing buildings considering available sensor data and new modeling methods, as well as modeling the stochastic and diverse nature of occupant behavior in buildings. He will also introduce two energy retrofit analysis tools his team developed, one for individual buildings and the other for city- or district-scale group of buildings.
Dr. Tianzhen Hong is a Staff Scientist and Principal Investigator with the Building Technology and Urban Systems Division of LBNL. He leads a research team working on data, methods, modeling and simulation tools, and policy for design and operation of low energy buildings and sustainable urban systems. He is a member of the IBPSA-USA board of directors and an editor of Energy and Buildings. He is currently leading the IEA EBC Annex 66: Definition and Simulation of Occupant Behavior in Buildings. He received B.Eng. and Ph.D. in HVACR, and B.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from Tsinghua University, China.