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Thomas Lawrence, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, LEED® AP

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ASHRAE Course Instructor

Thomas Lawrence, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, LEED® AP


    Dr. Lawrence is a Professor of Practice Emeritus with the University of Georgia and has over 40 years of professional career experience. He spent his first 18 years in industry and after going back for his PhD at Purdue he started the academic phase of his career at UGA January 2004. Before his retirement in the summer of 2023, Dr. Lawrence was the Mechanical Engineering program coordinator at UGA. He is a former chair of ASHRAE Technical Committee 2.8 and is a member of the committee that wrote and maintains ASHRAE Standard 189.1 for High Performance Green Buildings. As an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer, he gives seminars related to high-performance buildings at venues around the world. Dr. Lawrence was named an ASHRAE Fellow in 2017 and was a Director-at-Large on the Board of Directors for ASHRAE from 2016-2019. He has numerous publications with ASHRAE, including the book High-Performance Buildings Simplified and served as the senior editor for the 4th, 5th and 6th editions of the ASHRAE Green Guide. As an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer, he has given presentations and workshops on high-performance and smart buildings in 35 countries around the world.

    Dr. Lawrence has a bachelor’s degree with highest distinction honors in Environmental Science from Purdue University, a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University, and a second master’s degree in Engineering Management from Washington University in St. Louis. He received his doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, with a research topic focused on demand control ventilation.

    Courses Taught

    2 Hour

    High-Performance Building Simplified: Synopsis and Introduction

    3 Hour

    Basics of High-Performance Building Design

    High-Performance Building Design: Applications & Future Trends

    Smart Grid Systems, Applications and Integration with the Built Environment

    How Smart Efficient Sustainable Systems Lead to Resilience

    IgCC and ASHRAE Standard 189.1 Technical Provisions

    6 Hour

    Implementing Standard 189.1-2011 for High-Performance Green Buildings

    Implementing Standard 189.1-2014 for High-Performance Green Buildings