Live Web Training: Integrated Shoebox Energy Modeling with COMFEN: An Early Design Tool for Commercial Facade Systems
Friday, January 30, 2015, 9.30-11.30am
Location: Webinar via GoToTraining
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Dr. Charlie Ćurčija, a scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), will teach this workshop about the tool COMFEN, which he develops at LBNL. COMFEN is an early-design energy modeling tool designed to make informed decisions about building fundamentals by considering the design of the building envelope, orientation and massing on building performance. COMFEN focuses on the concept of a “space” or “room” and uses the EnergyPlus and RADIANCE engines and a simple, graphic user interface to allow the user to explore the effects of changing key early-design input variables for the façade, internal loads, lighting controls and HVAC system on energy consumption, peak energy demand, and thermal and visual comfort. COMFEN provides the ability to import glazing systems that have been developed in LBNL WINDOW, utilizing the International Glazing DataBase (IGDB) for glass choices. Comparative results are rapidly presented in a variety of graphic and tabular formats to help users move toward optimal façade and fenestration design choices.
About the Presenter
Dr. Charlie Ćurčija is a scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the Energy and Environmental Technologies Division, leading the research in thermal and optical performance of windows and other fenestration systems. Charlie earned his Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts in the field of thermal performance of windows in 1992 and prior to that earned his Bachelor’s degree in 1982 at the University of Belgrade, Serbia. He started his career as a mechanical design engineer in Belgrade before coming to United States in 1987 to pursue graduate studies at the University of Massachusetts. After obtaining his Ph.D. from UMass, Charlie started working as a Post Doc within the same research group and later continued as a Senior Research Fellow. He joined LBNL in October of 2010. He has been working in the area of energy performance of buildings and building facades for over 30 years. He has authored over 50 publications.