High level of computer literacy not required.
Mechanical, energy, and architectural engineers working for architect/engineer firms, architects, consulting firms, utilities, federal agencies, universities, and research laboratories.
Building geometry, thermal characteristics, internal loads and schedules, climate, heating and cooling equipment characteristics. Readable, structured input file are generated by PLEIADES the user-friendly interface completed by ALCYONE, the 2D graphical input and 3D display interface. Import from GBXML is possible.
Formatted reports printed directly by PLEIADES; including input and output (tables and graphs).
COMFIE has a user-friendly interface (ALCYONE/PLEIADES) ; dynamic simulation allows for analysis of thermal comfort and passive solar structures ; focusing on the envelope allows for use by architects ; Several validation and intercode comparison activities have shown the reliability of the model, the computation time being small thanks to the model reduction technique. Several buildings can be modeled. Model reduction using modal analysis allows for optimization and uncertainty studies thanks to low computation time. COMFIE is also linked to a life cycle assessment software (EQUER) allowing environmental evaluation of the building.