October 2012 Monthly Meeting

Oct 2 2012 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Meeting Title: 

Informed Decision-making: Integrated Facade Design and Analysis


Aceh Community Room
Mercy Corps, 45 SW Ankeny St
Portland, OR 97204


Mark Perepelitza, AIA, LEED AP BD+C


Mark will present tools and resources for integrated facade design and analysis from the Building Technology Department at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL). Their latest research includes testing and simulation of complex fenestration materials and assemblies. Tools from LBNL, including Window6 and COMFEN4, can provide valuable information to support intelligent decision-making in the design of integrated facades.

COMFEN supports the systematic evaluation of alternative fenestration systems for project-specific commercial building applications. It 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 for comparative fenestration design cases to help users move toward optimal fenestration design choices. The presentation will include case studies which illustrate application of COMFEN to a number of recent projects. http://windows.lbl.gov/software/comfen/comfen.html

Speaker Bio

Mark is the manager of SERA’s Sustainability Resources Group which provides sustainable design expertise, research and development, and sustainability consulting services to all of SERA’s project teams. Mark brings 20 years of experience in architecture, building performance research, and education. He has played a significant role in the creation of quality public buildings including university academic and laboratory buildings in Oregon, California, Colorado, Minnesota, and Ohio. Mark teaches university courses on building enclosure design and performance, and has presented at recent conferences on related topics. Mark’s study of high performance European façades included sessions in Seattle in 2010, and a symposium with leading practitioners and researchers from Europe and North America in San Francisco in 2010 in collaboration with LBNL, CBE, and the Pacific Energy Center.