Buildings and Communities: Pathway to Carbon Neutrality and Climate Resilience

Buildings and Communities: Pathway to Carbon Neutrality and Climate Resilience

Wednesday, May 15th, 2024 10:30am to 11:30am
: In person (Syracuse COE, 727 East Washington Street Syracuse, NY 13244) or Online
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SyracuseCoE and the EPIC Buildings program are thrilled to offer a presentation by Dr. Tianzhen Hong, Interim Deputy for Research in the Building Technology & Urban Systems Division at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL), and Reshma Singh, Program Director at LBNL.

This talk presents an overview of the R&D on buildings and communities conducted at Berkeley Lab to support U.S. Department of Energy’s mission of carbon neutrality and climate resilience for the U.S. building stocks. The talk will also cover Berkeley Lab’s technology-to-market IMPEL program and Cradle to Commerce incubation engines. Opportunities for collaboration will be discussed.

This event will be moderated by Professor Ian Shapiro, who leads the EPIC Buildings program. The program will be offered in-person at SyracuseCoE, with presenters in Syracuse and in Berkeley, CA.

  • Dr. Tianzhen Hong is a Senior Scientist and interim Deputy Director for Research of the Building Technology and Urban Systems Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is a highly cited researcher and fellow of IBPSA and ASHRAE. His research focuses on new methods, models, data, tools, and simulations to evaluate technologies and human behaviors supporting building decarbonization and climate resilience.
  • Reshma Singh is a Program Director at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where she leads the technology-to-market IMPEL and Cradle to Commerce incubation engines. She also leads the Net Zero World Initiative’s Climate Smart Women’s Energy Leadership Program (CS-WEL). Reshma is also a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office, where she guides technology-to-market pathways for decarbonization solutions promoting equitable wellness and resilience for all. Reshma brings over 12 years of experience advancing urban sustainability and cleantech innovation, and working with complex international ecosystems in the United States, India, and Singapore.