Friday, October 27
This presentation will provide an overview of a building decarbonization analysis and planning process that leverages a machine-learning based approach to rapidly assess opportunities for decarbonization measures at the building and intervention level. This session will provide an overview of this process being used for several portfolios as well as an overview of the Department of Energy's recently released Emissions Reduction Planning Framework for Building Portfolios.
Associate Design Analytics at Introba
Sonam Shah is an Associate on the Design Analytics team at Introba focused on projects involving decarbonization, renewables and energy storage. A mechanical engineer by background, she has more than a decade of experience leading design and construction of mechanical systems, building performance studies and energy audits. She has worked on higher-ed campuses, government facilities, commercial office buildings, multifamily residential buildings, theaters and performance halls, both nationally and internationally. Prior to joining Introba, Sonam worked on Google’s Real Estate Design Performance team. As the Building Systems Lead, she led efforts on high-performance systems design for their new, all-electric campuses, improved performance targets focused on achieving 24x7 carbon free energy, as well as climate resilience and wildfire risks & mitigation. Having worked on both the consulting team, and the owner’s team, she views each project through the collective lens of integrated design, constructability, scalability, operations, and resilience.
Sonam is a California State Licensed Professional Engineer and holds a BS in Civil Engineering and a MS in Sustainable Design.
Principle Design Analytics at Introba
Tom Abram is a Principal in Introba’s Design Analytics practice, developing analytics-driven decarbonization strategies and plans for building portfolio owners. Tom co-authored the Department of Energy’s recently released Framework for GHG Emissions Reduction Planning: Building Portfolios through his support of the Better Climate Challenge program. Tom has experience managing university energy and sustainability programs, most recently at San Diego State University where he has also taught environmental engineering courses. Tom is on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Green Building Council and has advocated for local building electrification efforts with the San Diego Building Electrification Coalition. Tom holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MS in Sustainable Design and Construction from Stanford University. Tom is a licensed mechanical engineer, LEED AP, and Certified Energy Manager. Tom's home, which has been featured on SDGBC's Green Homes tour, is all-electric, zero net energy, and winner of the City of San Diego's WaterSmart landscape contest.