Ian Hammon-Hogan graduated with a degree in Biochemistry from Humboldt State University in 2009-10, specializing in computational modeling and molecular design. He is currently part of the BIRAenergy team as a Research Scientist. He uses his scientific training to provide technical support to builders, developers, utilities, manufacturers, and local, state, and federal governments to assist in moving the residential markets, both new and existing, to near- or zero net-energy buildings.
To be the most useful to his clients, Mr. Hammon-Hogan provides combined technical and market assistance to his clients, including large multi-million dollar projects. In this way he is working to transform the market, paving the way to dramatic and long-lasting changes. Hammon-Hogan has 7 years of experience in a professional research settings, the first half of which focused on a new industry, and as an early entrant, using scientific methods and market research to establish market trends, and business opportunities for a Quality Control laboratory, he helped found and run. He spearheaded the development of new, faster and less expensive methods of performing industry-standard techniques, efficiently and cost-effectively. As part of developing a market for his QC laboratory, Hammon-Hogan developed political relationships, successfully argued for legislation, and being involved in the inception and completion of market-transforming projects that directly benefited his companies.
His recent work has involved designing and high-accuracy modeling of buildings that are very energy-efficient and that have sufficient on-site, renewable energy generation capacity to, on a net-annual basis, produce as much energy as they consume. This involves developing projects that involve detailed computer models of buildings to analyze their performance, and simulating them with different options to dramatically reduce their Life Cycle Cost and increase their Efficiency, while maintaining cost-effectiveness for the builder and/or occupant. For this approach to be truly useful and thoroughly vetted, the building simulation tool must be calibrated. This requires modeling existing buildings and tuning the inputs to achieve simulation results that are within some predetermined specification, for BIRAenergy this tolerance is 5%.