Tianzhen Hong

Tianzhen Hong

Deputy: Building Technology Department
Computational Senior Scientist/Engineer

Bio

Dr. Tianzhen Hong is a Senior Scientist and Principal Investigator of the Building Technologies Department. He leads the Urban Systems Group and a team with research on data, methods, computing, occupant behavior, and policy for design and operation of low energy buildings and sustainable urban systems. He is leading the EnergyPlus development at LBNL. He established and chairs the ASHRAE Multidisciplinary Task Group on occupant behavior in buildings. He actively contributed to international collaborations such as the 10-year U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center on Building Energy Efficiency, IEA EBC Annex 53, 66, 79, and 81. He was co-Operating Agent of Annex 66 and co-lead of Subtask 3 of Annex 79. His building energy software CBES won the 2019 R&D 100 Award and CityBES won the 2022 R&D 100 Award. He is an IBPSA Fellow, an ASHRAE Fellow, and a Highly Cited Researcher 2021. He received B.Eng. and Ph.D. in HVACR, and B.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from Tsinghua University, China.

Links

Urban Systems Research

Urban Systems Group, UrbanSystems.lbl.gov 

City Buildings, Energy, and Sustainability (CityBES), CityBES.lbl.gov

Occupant Behavior Research

LBNL, behavior.lbl.gov

Occupancy Simulator, occupancysimulator.lbl.gov

IEA EBC Annex 79 (2018-2023): Occupant-centric building design and operation

IEA EBC Annex 66 (2013-2018): Definition and simulation of occupant behavior in buildings

IEA EBC Annex 53 (2008-2013): Total Energy Use in Buildings: Analysis & Evaluation Methods

ASHRAE Multidisciplinary Task Group on Occupant Behavior in Buildings, ASHRAE MTG.OBB

Building Energy Modeling and Analysis Tools

Commercial Building Energy Saver: California version, cbes.lbl.gov; National version, cbespro.lbl.gov

EnergyPlus, energyplus.net

Publications

https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=x5m2zBYAAAAJ&hl=en

 

Education

Building Performance Simulation, PhD, Tsinghua University, 1994
HVACR Engineering and Technologies, B.Eng. Tsinghua University, 1991
Applied Mathematics, B.Sc. Tsinghua University, 1991

Awards

2019 R&D 100 Award: Commercial Building Energy Saver -  October 30th 2019

The Commercial Building Energy Saver (CBES), a software toolkit that enables equitable access to building deep retrofit and zero-net energy strategies for these buildings, won a 2019 R&D 100 Award in the software/services category.

The development team includes Berkeley Lab researchers Sang Hoon Lee, Xuan Luo, Kaiyu Sun, Tianzhen Hong, Cynthia Regnier, Mary Ann Piette (all pictured left to right), Yixing Chen, Rongpeng Zhang, Sarah C. Taylor-Lange, and Philip Price. The project was supported by the California Energy Commission and the Department of Energy.

Journal and Editorial Board Memberships

Energy and Buildings (2016 to present), Editor
Applied Energy (2017 to present); Building and Environment (2014-2019); Building Simulation (2013 to present); Advances in Applied Energy (2022-), Buildings and Cities (2022-)., Editorial Board

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