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COMFEN

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COMFEN is a tool designed to support the systematic evaluation of alternative fenestration systems for project-specific commercial building applications. COMFEN provides a simplified user interface that focuses attention on key variables in fenestration design. Under the hood is Energy Plus, a sophisticated analysis engine that dynamically simulates the effects of these key fenestration variables on energy consumption, peak energy demand, and thermal and visual comfort. The results from the Energy Plus simulations are presented in graphical and tabular format within the simplified user interface for comparative fenestration design cases to help users move toward optimal fenestration design choices for their project.

Audience: 

Engineers, building energy consultants, architects

Input: 

Easily define fenestration facade details for one or more zone modules representative of your specific project. Facade variations can include window number, size and placement, glazing and frame system, exterior wall construction, exterior shading by overhangs and fins, orientation and location (weather data).

Output: 

Comparative Facade Analysis
Select facade variations for comparative analysis. Each of the selected facades can optionally include daylighting controls, and can be oriented to face different directions.

Graphical Display of Analysis Results
Comparative charts are displayed for annual end-use energy consumption (heating, cooling, fan, and lighting), peak energy, and CO2 emissions. Annual average daylighting illuminance, discomfort glare index, and thermal comfort PPD are also reported.

More detailed graphs are also displayed for monthly heating, cooling, fan, and lighting energy consumption, peak energy, and thermal comfort; and hourly daylight illuminance and glare index.

Strengths: 

Quickly develop facade design scenarios and compare them

COMFEN calculates the annual energy consumption using EnergyPlus as the calculation engine.

Country: 
United States
Major Capabilities: 
Parametrics and Optimization
Energy Conservation Measures
Lighting Simulation
Building Type: 
Subsystem Level
Commercial
Keywords: 
EnergyPlus
Radiance
Language: 
English
Platform: 
Windows
Pricing: 
Free
Help and Support: 
Free Email Support
Last Software Update: 
29 September 2018
Last Entry Update: 
02 November 2018
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