Passive House Planning Package (PHPP)
Simply using Passive House components does not necessarily yield a Passive House
A Passive House is far more than the sum of its parts: precise planning is required in order to ensure that the components used work together to acheive the desired result. The Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) is the key design tool used when planning a Passive House and as such, serves as the basis of verification for the Passive House Standard. While there are other design tools on the market, it is the the PHPP's high level of accuracy that sets it apart: energy balances can be calculated with the PHPP to an accuracy of +/- 0.5kWh!
Based for the large part on European norms, the PHPP makes use of numerous tested and approved calculations to yield a building’s the heating, cooling and primary energy demand, as well as its tendency to overheat in the warmer months. While the PHPP was developed specifically for Passive Houses, it is a design tool that may also be used for other buildings, including retrofits of historical buildings.
Worldwide applicability, added functions, improved user-friendliness and compatibility
The Passive House Institute is currently working on a new, improved version of the Passive House Planning Package. The German version of the PHPP 8 (2013) is set to be published in April/May 2013, the English version will follow shortly thereafter.
The new PHPP 8 will include a whole range of advantages such as:
• Validated calculation algorithms for cooling and dehumidification in both hot and hot and humid climates
• Additional climate data sets for a wide range of new locations across the globe
• Additional PV, heat pump and ground heat exchange calculation sheets as well as the estimation of the solar contribution to space heating demand – supplements that increase the PHPP’s suitability for building sustainability assessments
• A new components sheet containing PHI Certified Passive House Components along with their performance data, facilitating data entry for certified products
• Revised data selection menus and improved compatibility with MAC and OpenOffice
• Improved connectivity and accessibility via PHI’s external import and export macro
• designPH (to be released in summer 2013) - a 3D data entry tool designed for the PHPP, complete with design modelling feedback. A newly developed SketchUP plugin, designPH is set to revolutionise the way we use PHPP.
This version features:
• An import-export interface
• A separate tool for metric-IP conversion
• Input options for various ventilation units within one building
• A separate sheet for compact units with two heat pumps
• An improved window sheet
• A verification sheet complete with an EnerPHit option as well as the international Passive House criteria
The PHPP 7 (2012) may be purchased on the Passive House Institute website and is available from PHPP resellers worldwide. Registered PHPP users may purchase this version for the discounted price of 130 EUR; the PHPP costs 160 EUR for first time buyers and non-registered users. How do I register for updates?
The PHPP is available for purchase on the Passive House Institute website or by writing the Passive House Institute directly at email@example.com (please state whether you are already a registered PHPP user or a first time buyer). where you can also register as a PHPP user to receive PHPP updates.
To run PHPP, Microsoft Excel 2000 for Windows or higher is required. The previous English PHPP Update, PHPP2007-EN Version 1.2.1 was the update to Version 1.1 and has been available for purchase since April 2011. It includes the 2010 edition of the manual.
As the official Passive House energy balance and design tool, the PHPP has long formed the basis for Passive House construction. Passive House Institute (PHI), the creator and exclusive copyright holder of the PHPP, relies on its authorised PHPP resellers to distribute PHPP in its various languages across the globe. PHPP resellers.