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Charles Amoo

Building Energy


Faculty Advisor: Dr. Joshua New

My research interests are in building energy efficiency. While working with Dr. New in the Building Energy Modeling Group at ORNL, I gained experience in generating building energy models and archetypes using AutoBEM, an EnergyPlus-based simulation tool and calibrating building models generated from AutoBEM to match DOE building prototypes. As part of my Qualifying Exams, I developed a business model canvas to demonstrate the large-scale adoption of building energy efficiency and also demonstrated the visualization of urban-scale building energy models on Cesium JS.

Currently, I am part of the ORNL team working on DOE's Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) aimed at reducing energy costs for low-income households by increasing the energy efficiency of their homes. Specifically, I am contributing to improve existing energy audit software that involves changing the simulation engine to EnergyPlus, adding features that are relevant for users, documenting the program for ease of use, and training energy auditors on the use of our energy audit tools. Through this project, it is expected that a comprehensive, robust and user-friendly energy audit software will be developed that is well-suited to characterizing energy use in buildings, recommending cost-effective energy savings and retrofit measures, and train energy auditors to support the over 3 million, non-weatherized low-income households that need weatherization assistance.


Weatherization Assistance - Improving Energy Audit Tools and Providing Technical Assistance to Energy Auditors


Master of Energy - The University of Auckland, New Zealand; B.Sc. Petroleum Engineering - Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana.

Awards and Recognitions

Past awards include the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Star Award (2011) and the New Zealand Development Scholarship (NZDS) in 2016


How close are urban scale building simulations to measured data? Examining bias derived from building metadata in urban building energy modeling 

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