[Bldg-sim] Integrated Shoebox Energy Modeling using COMFEN: An Early Design Tool for Commercial Facades and Fenestration Systems

Arpan Bakshi arpanbakshi at gmail.com
Wed Jan 14 19:30:57 PST 2015

Performance Workshop 1 Registration Now Open

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Arpan Bakshi
Engineering Studio NY Team Leader at Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)

Integrated Shoebox Energy Modeling using COMFEN: An Early Design Tool for
Commercial Facades and Fenestration Systems

Registration is first-come, first-served. Web training capacity is limited.

Fri, Jan 30, 2015 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM EST

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.


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 Bachelors 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.
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