As promised in this last post on MATERIALS and THIS POST on our first house that was added to the Passive House Database, I’m giving a little more information on our Passive House modelling methodology…
The PHPP modelled house linked above was 3D modelled in Vectorworks and the resulting PHPP data was extracted from this. The PHPP was then entirely undertaken by hand.
We’re streamlining this process by still using Vectorworks for the bulk of the modelling, 2D and 3D work and we’ll use Energos for the initial thermal modelling (You can see how we use Energos in THIS LINK where I spoke at the VectorWorks Design Summit (virtually) this year).
But when we get to the PHPP phase where the design & construction is more ‘locked-down’ we’ll also be building a parallel model in SketchUp/DesignPH (DesignPH is a plug-in that bolts into SketchUp as a 3D interface for PHPP).
You can see a screen grab from DesignPH below where the results were practically identical to the PHPP undertaken by hand:
We’re still experimenting with this and currently, the results are very impressive. So much so that as well as undertaking Low Energy/Passivhaus designs for our own clients – we would amicably work with other architects providing Passive House consultancy to help deliver your Passive House Projects.
So if you would like to find our more about how we can work with you on Passive House / Ultra Low Energy projects – why not CONTACT US…