What is designPH?
designPH is a tool that allows for the entry of 3D building geometry data into the widely used tool, Passive House Planning Package (PHPP). Developed by the Passive House Institute, designPH takes the form of a plugin for the popular design software SketchUp. The simple and graphically oriented nature of the plugin allows users to create in hours a 3D model that would otherwise take days to build.
designPH provides quick results regarding performance that are helpful in the architectural design process. The preliminary simplified energy balance results can help with the orientation, shape and size of windows, overhangs and shading devices.
Thanks to the optimised shading algorithm, designPH can create accurate shading parameters that can be used by the PHPP. The simple and easy interface between designPH and PHPP makes designPH the choice of many designers.