The new 3D modelling tool for the PHPP: designPH

It’s a tool that many Passive House designers will welcome, one that will potentially save a number of hours of data input and utilise existing modelling outputs. The new designPH plugin has been developed by the Passive House Institute to provide a 3D model interface for entering building geometry into PHPP. The benefits of the tool are two-fold; firstly it will simplify the process of entering data into PHPP and secondly it will provide preliminary feedback on the performance of the design within SketchUp.

More information can be found on the dedicated web resource: www.designph.org/

Summary of features

  • Work with a new or existing SketchUp model;
  • Automatic recognition of temperature zones, element types and area groups;
  • Schedules of areas, windows / doors and TFA components and recognition of external shading objects;
  • Rendering of heat-loss areas to indicate their area group or status;
  • Export geometry and shading data to PHPP via PPP file format, with conversion of elements to meaningful dimensions and quantities that can be manipulated in PHPP;
  • Tools to insert and edit window & door components, with user-defined properties or from standard libraries;
  • Simple energy balance within the tool and warnings about high-levels of glazing that would lead to overheating.

The new designPH can be purchased on the Passivhaus Institut’s website.