PHPP & DesignPH Trainings

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 8:30am to Wed, 09/21/2016 - 5:00pm

PHCA is hosting Andrew Peel of Peel Passive to deliver a PHPP & DesignPH training.  These courses may be taken consecutively or separately, as preferred.  Dates for each are below and are confirmed for September. 


PHPP – 3 Day Class (Sept 19th-21st) - REGISTER HERE

About the Course:  The PHPP is an easy to use planning tool for energy efficiency for the use of architects and planning experts. In this three-day course, participants will learn how to use the PHPP for residential building design and certification. Participants will be guided step-by-step through the relevant worksheets, while learning the correct conventions for measurements and calculations. The tool will be used to assess critical design factors, such as building heat loss, energy demand and overheating risk. A case study will provide participants with practical experience in completing and documenting PHPP calculations for building certification.

Who should attend:  The course is designed to be taken after the Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant training, where the fundamentals of Passive House have already been learned and understood. Those who are already proficient with building energy modeling software may also be able to benefit from this course.  However, this is not a class for those new to Passive House building!  (Please check with the instructor if you would like help in assessing your qualifications for being able to benefit from this class.)

What you will need:  Participants will be required to purchase a licensed copy of the PHPPv. 9 software package and have it installed on your laptop prior to the class.  Cost of the software is in addition to the cost of the class.



DesignPH – 2 Day Class (Sept 22nd - 23rd) - REGISTER HERE

About the course: designPH was developed to simplify the design process for achieving the Passive House standard.  The designPH plug-in for SketchUp provides a 3D modelling interface that works together with the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP).  A simplified annual energy calculation embedded in the plugin provides quick feedback on the design.  Once a compliant design is achieved, the design can be exported into the full PHPP software.  Using a case study, participants will be guided step-by-step through the building modeling process, from building model creation to exporting to PHPP, using a case study. A major focus will be on iterative design to achieve the Passive House criteria.  

Who Should Attend:  The course is designed to be taken after the PHPP fundamentals course (see above.) Participants should have a basic understanding of SketchUp.

What you will need: Participants are required to purchase the DesignPH Software and have it registered and installed prior to the class.



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