Dr. Tianzhen Hong is a Staff Scientist, Principal Investigator, and Deputy Head of the Building Technologies Department. He is a registered mechanical engineer in California and a LEED accredited professional. He leads the Urban Systems Group and a research team working on a portfolio of projects, focusing on data, methods, modeling and simulation tools, and policy for design and operation of low energy buildings and sustainable urban systems. He is leading the EnergyPlus development at LBNL, was the chief developer and product manager of VisualDOE version 4.0 (a GUI to DOE-2.1E), and was the founding developer of DeST (a building energy modeling program widely used in China). He was a key member of the teams that developed building energy standards for California, ASHRAE and India. He established and chairs the ASHRAE Multidisciplinary Task Group on occupant behavior in buildings. He actively contributed to international collaborations such as the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center on Building Energy Efficiency, IEA EBC Annex 21, 53, 66 and 79. He was Operating Agent of Annex 66 and co-lead of Subtask 3 of Annex 79. One of his software toolkit, CBES, won the 2019 R&D 100 Award. He received B.Eng. and Ph.D. in HVACR, and B.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from Tsinghua University, China.
Urban Systems Research
Urban Systems Group, http://UrbanSystems.lbl.gov
City Building Energy Saver (CityBES), CityBES.lbl.gov
Occupant Behavior Research
Occupancy Simulator, http://occupancysimulator.lbl.gov
ASHRAE Multidisciplinary Task Group on Occupant Behavior in Buildings, ASHRAE MTG.OBB
Building Energy Modeling and Analysis Tools