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Communication Dans Un Congrès Année : 1991

COMFIE: a software for passive solar design

Bruno Peuportier
Isabelle Blanc


The "object oriented programming" and model reduction techniques give some new possibilities to develop computer tools. It is now possible to design a building on the computer, using computer objects corresponding to architectural concepts (materials, walls, windows,...). Representing the building as a structure of objects is an approach which is particularly adapted to a thermal analysis and a comparison of designs, possibly with the help of an expert interface. On the other hand, a fast and accurate thermal evaluation of a project is now possible by simulation, thanks to mathematical models of reduced order. The simulation offers a sensitivity to the numerous design parameters, and provides both an estimation of the heating load and of the summer comfort. Such a design tool, COMFIE, has been developed on these bases at the Ecole des Mines in Paris, on an IBM compatible microcomputer (AT type). A version also exists on a macintosh. These machines are accessible to all professionnals, and not only to large consultant offices.
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Bruno Peuportier, Isabelle Blanc. COMFIE: a software for passive solar design. 2nd International Conference, International Building Performance Simulation Association, IBPSA'91, Aug 1991, Sophia Antipolis, France. pp.521-527. ⟨hal-00520421⟩
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