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IBPSA-USA/LA Lecture Series: Simulating Key ZNE Strategies

IBPSA-USA / Los Angeles Chapter

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:15 PM (PDT)

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Join us on April 15th at Sci-Arc for a quick dive into the technical world of Zero Net Energy buildings! Learn how leading industry experts simulate key ZNE-empowering strategies in real design applications. Pablo LaRoche, Ph.D., will be joining us to kick off the event and to frame the context of this vital discussion.


Location: Southern California Institute of Architecture, Room 160 (at NORTH end of building), 255 S Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Parking: Free parking available in the parking lot at 350 Merrick Street, between Traction Avenue and 4th Street. For event parking map, click HERE.


6:00pmSocial Hour 

7:00pm: A Sustainable Design Process by Pablo LaRoche

7:30pm: Net Zero Case Study: Hawaii Prep Lab by Monica Cowan

7:50pm: Simulating VRF Using EnergyPlus by Bach Tsan

8:10pm: Q&A With All Speakers


Cost: $10 for general attendee; Free for students (with valid ".edu" email address).


Speaker Bios:


 Pablo LaRoche

Pablo LaRoche, Ph.D.

Dr. Pablo La Roche is Professor of Architecture at Cal Poly Pomona University and Sustainable Design Leader at RTKL Architects. He has written extensively in passive cooling and low energy architecture and his most recent book “Carbon Neutral Architectural Design” was published in 2011. He has lectured in the United States, Latin America and Europe and his projects with an emphasis on sustainability and affordability have been published and awarded in the USA, Venezuela, Mexico and Spain. His research has been supported by organizations such as the EPA, UCLA, Cal Poly Pomona, Fulbright, NCARB and the California Energy Commission. In 2008 he led an interdisciplinary team of faculty and students to win the NCARB Grand Prize for the Department of Architecture at Cal Poly Pomona. He has chaired numerous conference sessions, recently co-chaired the BESS SB13 California conference and is part of the technical committee of ASES 14 in San Francisco and SB14 in Barcelona. Dr La Roche was a registered architect in Spain and Venezuela, and is a LEED BD+C accredited professional in the USA, an associate AIA, president of the Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE), interim chair of the solar buildings division of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), member of the American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Venezuelan Institute of Architects (CAV) and International Initiative for a Sustainable Environment (iiSBE).

Monica Cowan, PE

Monica Cowan, PE, LEED AP BD+C is a Mechanical Engineer with Buro Happold.  A native of Los Angeles, she explored East-Coast-living at Yale University and returned as soon as possible for graduate studies in Mechanical Engineering at UCLA.  After a foray into the world of academic research in emerging wind turbine technologies and with a MS under her belt, Monica began working at Buro Happold in 2011.  Monica focuses on building energy use and is passionate about sustainability on every scale.  She is especially interested in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and in optimizing workflow through programming.  Outside of work, Monica tends to be outside of buildings: rock climbing, hiking, biking, and gardening.

Bach Tsan, PE


Bach Tsan has over 14 years of experience in the HVAC industry across a diverse spectrum of industries. Currently he is working at Southern California Edison as an engineer and project manager for Southern California Edison’s Codes & Standards and Emerging Products Department. The majority of Bach’s involvement is managing future Codes & Standards development for California’s Appliance and energy Building Codes, along with conducting technology assessments for the Emerging Technologies Program. The Emerging Technologies Program evaluates new energy-efficient technologies and products to assist their advancement in the market. Prior to Southern California Edison Bach was a design engineer for 12 years in the Educational and Industrial sector of the HVAC consulting industry. Bach holds a Mechanical Engineering Degree from California Polytechnic University, Pomona, has been a registered Professional Engineer in the State of California since 2004, and is accredited as a LEED AP.


Sponsors: Please contact gcollins@syska.com if you’re interested in sponsoring this event.


Thanks for your support as we continue this mission to improve buildings through performance-based design!


Have questions about IBPSA-USA/LA Lecture Series: Simulating Key ZNE Strategies? Contact IBPSA-USA / Los Angeles Chapter

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Southern California Institute of Architecture
255 S Santa Fe Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:15 PM (PDT)

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