COFA – Climate Optimized Fenestration Assembly, an innovative tool being developed by architect Pradeep Kini, Associate Professor at Manipal University, has won the Judges choice award in the ClimateColab buildings contest conducted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA. Pradeep kini completed his Masters of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2002 and has worked on several commercial, residential and Hospitality projects in USA and India. He is a USGBC LEED accredited professional.
The proposal emerged as a winner out of 600 entries that were submitted from around the world and evaluated in several rounds by the judges.
Pradeep Kini is working on a tool to optimize the fenestration systems of buildings in the proposed smart cities in India. It will help fenestration to be more energy efficient while considering the lifecycle costs for wider applicability. The proposed tool considers the various climatic zone design parameters while recommending the optimal fenestration assembly for the buildings designed in developing nations. The tool once developed will have a positive impact on energy usage in the energy intensive commercial building sector. Pradeep Kini receives the award at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts early November this year.