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Energy Modeling for Architects

a professional practice forum

Thursday, October 15, 2015
Please RSVP for room setup

1.5 CES LUs

Christian Agulles of PAE Consulting Engineers and Brendon Levitt of Loisos + Ubbelohde will lead a presentation and discussion on energy modeling, detailed site micro-climate analysis method and current strategies–and how those will trend and change in the future.

What do architects need to know about energy modeling?  We will discuss how different types of energy models inform different design decisions.  We will also touch on how architects can frame better questions and apply modeling results more effectively.  Participants should come out of the discussion with a handle on some of the opportunities and limits of energy modeling.

About the Presenters:

Christian Agulles, PE, LEED AP, Managing Principal, PAE Consulting Engineers. Christian is a licensed mechanical engineer with more than 20 years of experience. Before joining the firm, Christian was a Senior Vice President and Managing Director of WSP’s Washington, D.C. office. His resume features many notable projects including the American Medical Association of Medical Colleges Headquarters in Washington D.C., Virginia Military Institute Indoor Training Facility in Lexington, VA, The Sahara Hotel and Casino Renovation in Las Vegas, NV, The New US Embassy in Berlin, Germany and a number of professional sports facilities including Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN.

Brendon Levitt, LEED AP, Associate, Loisos + Ubbelohde.  Brendon is a licensed architect in the state of California and a LEED Accredited Professional.  He holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts degree in architecture from Yale University.  As an Associate at Loisos + Ubbelohde, Mr. Levitt has served as project manager, modeler, and designer for a wide range of buildings.  With proficiency in diverse software tools from Therm and EnergyPlus to Athena and AGI, he has contributed to work in thermal comfort and energy modeling, life cycle analysis, daylighting design, lighting design, LEED consulting, and renewable energy modeling.  Before joining Loisos + Ubbelohde, he worked with Pritzker Prize Laureate Fumihiko Maki, where his projects included the United Nations Headquarters in New York, the MIT Media Lab, and the Center for the Arts at Washington University, St. Louis. 

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Webinar: Integrated Shoebox Energy Modeling using COMFEN

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
Price: $40
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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.