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PHPP Illustrated: A Designer's Companion to the Passive House Planning Package
Publisher: RIBA Publishing
Date Published: Oct 2014
Stock Code: 82037
All architects hoping to design to the Passive House standard need to know how to use The Passive House Planning Package (PHPP).
This book provides much needed supplementary guidance for purchasers of the PHPP establishing the standard within the UK context and is a concise, user-friendly, highly illustrated step by step companion for practitioners and students who want to use the PHPP as a design tool.
By improving their in-use understanding of the PHPP, this guide enables readers to fully comprehend their scheme in terms of the impact of orientation, envelope shape and ratio to floor area, fabric build-ups, fenestration ratio and shading effects on the energy balance – the essential criteria for all low energy buildings.
Fully supported and endorsed by The Passivhaus Institut, the book will act as an invaluable gateway for brand new as well as more experienced PHPP users.
From the foreword by Dr Wolfgang Feist, Passivhaus Institute (PHI)
"In this much needed visual guide, clear and easy to follow descriptions lend themselves to designers, guiding them through the necessary inputs and helping them understand what the outputs mean for their buildings. This book will help further the Passive House Standard and contribute to a better built environment."
Extract from the Introduction "What is PHPP?"
The PHPP is a vital design tool and not something to be feared. It is actually very easy to use once you get the hang of it and does not require advanced abilities in computer modelling. Complex dynamic models were used to create the PHPP, but the PHPP itself is a series of interlinked Excel spreadsheets in one workbook.
Therein lies one of the great advantages of the PHPP; the Excel workbook can be used by anyone with access to Excel or Open Office and basic Excel training, so architects can share the workbook with mechanical, electrical and energy consultants. The reliance on standardised software allows avenues for cross collaboration and encourages technical dialogues to develop. Data can also be easily and quickly extracted to provide useful graphs for clients or consultants.
The PHPP has been developed for designing Passive House buildings but is also a useful tool to design other low energy buildings, providing very accurate results.